Light Up Bellevue hosted its first wine pull Friday and plans to make it an annual event.
The event at Bellevue University’s Administrative Services Building, saw 110 bottles of wine given away and many auction items for guests to bid on.
Phil Davidson, director of community relations for the City of Bellevue, said more than 100 people attended the event, generating between $4,000 and $6,000 for holiday lights displays, including at the Bellevue Police Department.
All the wine was donated from patrons and businesses around Bellevue. They were bagged and numbered for guests when they first came into the event.
Guitars for Vets performed for guests.
Joanna Hike, the mayor’s wife and co-chair of Light Up Bellevue, said the group staged the fundraiser to help fund a lighted tree at the Bellevue Public Schools Lied Center and erect lights at Washington Park in Olde Towne and BPD.
Hike said Dave Compton, co-chair, has been helping with electrical and lighting, and will help with the Bellevue Public Schools’ Lied Activity Center lights going up this week.
“We couldn’t do it without him,” she said.
Sarah Milligan, committee board member, came up with the idea for a wine pull as it was a first for Bellevue.
“I thought we would do something different in the fundraising category as a fun, summer event, Milligan said.
Along with the wine pull was the silent auction, with about 30 donated items available for guests to bid on. Items included gift cards, art by local artists, gift baskets and more wine-related gifts.
“It’s been fun to go above just businesses and get local crafters and people to donate,” Milligan said.
Milligan said the event was a great way for more people to learn about Light Up Bellevue and what the group is doing.
“We’re truly here to help the community and raise a fun environment — Light Up Bellevue is going to be so much fun,” she said. “We want people to see that there’s some change in the air.”