Lakeview Health System

Tuesday, July 03, 2018 - Annual wine event raises funds to help patients afford prescriptions

The 10th annual Lakeview Health Foundation Winemakers Forum raised $78,000 for prescription medicines for patients who can’t afford them.

This year’s event on June 7 was held at the 7 Vines Vineyard in Dellwood, Minnesota. About 200 guests sampled wines from Latta Wines in Seattle, Washington, and met Andrew Latta, the winery's owner. Latta spoke movingly about his mother's experience with health care during his comments to attendees.

"We are so thankful to those in our community who show up to support this event," said Paul Erickson, Executive Director of Lakeview Health Foundation. "As always, it was a wonderful, social evening, with an important message of philanthropy to help those patients most in need get the medicines they could otherwise not afford."

Brooke Hyman, diabetes nurse educator, spoke about the impact of the prescription assistance program on patients with whom she works. “The prescription assistance program is so important for patients with diabetes,” said Hyman.

Hors d’oeuvres catered by the Lake Elmo Inn were paired with the wines and music was provided by the Clay Knoll Trio. A live auction featured items including border battle tickets to Vikings versus Packers games, a wine tasting party and private dinner party.

And David Palmer, MD, orthopedic surgeon, was honored at the event for his contributions to the medical community as he celebrated his retirement.