City of Wine Civilizations: a goal of $ 1.5 million U.S. donations...for starters

Wednesday August 27 2014 by Vitisphere

Opened in March 2013 , the American branch of the City of Wine Civilisations endowment fund has finally obtained U.S. government authorization to raise funds in the U.S.  A non-profit association (501C3 type), the American Friends of the Center for Wine and Civilization can now enable sponsors’ donations to be tax deductible. The Association’s first goal is to raise $ 1.5 million in U.S. financial support for the construction of the City of Wine Civilisations’ auditorium. The main structure, the amphitheatre’s concrete shell, is already completed, and its name has already been decided:  it will be known as the Thomas Jefferson auditorium, a tribute to the third president of the United States of America (1801-1809), the second statue from the left on Mount Rushmore (the monumental head climbed by Cary Grant in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest).  Jefferson was the first American admirer of Bordeaux wines and during his time as ambassador to France, he created his own hierarchy of Bordeaux wines, in 1787.

Chaired by Robert G. Wilmers (president of the M&T Bank Corporation and owner of Château Haut-Bailly in Pessac-Léognan), the association will be managed by Elaine Leary.  Critic, Robert Parker Jr. is the City of Wine Civilisations’ ambassador in the United States (click here for details).  A gala to drum up U.S. support will be held in New York on 30 April, 2015.   Currently under construction in Bordeaux (the tower is now rising and the framework is beginning to dress the main structure), the City of Wine Civilisations is set to open in April 2016. To date, the endowment fund has raised € 15 million (out of the 63 million total cost estimated in 2011 ).

[Source: Vitisphere; Photo: Jefferson Auditorium; CCV]

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