Kiwanis Vino & Ale fundraiser is toast of the town

Kristine Mohler and Liz Wilks enjoy.the fundraiser.

The Yucaipa Valley Kiwanis Club knows how to throw a classy event. The Vino & Ale fundraiser on  Friday night brought in thousands for the local service club. All proceeds will be donated to sponsored youth programs in the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District and for local college scholarships.

Kiwanis president and chair of the event, Jill Litel, said she was pleased with the turnout.

“Yucaipa Kiwanis would like to thank the community for their support of our Vino & Ale event,” said Litel. “All proceeds support our youth. We hope to see you all next year.”

The charity fundraiser featured an assortment of wine and beer tastings, food, dessert bar, live music, and door prizes.

Local wineries and breweries showcased their finest offerings. Part of those offerings came from Brew Rebellion. The Waking Vietnamese Coffee Milk Stout by Brew Rebellion was a surprising favorite among the ladies. Brewcaipa’s beer on tap was also a popular stop for many guests.

Wildwood Oak Winery and Suveg Winery offered wine tastings.

“It’s amazing and I don’t even like beer,” said one guest.

First time guest Liz Wilks said she was especially impressed with the live music.

The District 909 performed a medley of classic tunes. The local band is a husband wife duo, Kimberlee Mihalski and Chris Williford, was happy to perform for a “great event.”

“They are so good,” said Wilks. “They really sound amazing. Everything here is so nice. The people are so friendly and the food and drinks are as well.”

Wilks even won a Revolution basket during the raffle.

“This was my first time attending the fundraiser, too,” said Kristine Mohler. “It was very festive, upbeat and all for a good cause. The music, wine, beer and food was just extra.”

If you are interested in joining Kiwanis, the meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Yucaipa Senior Center.

For more information, call Litel at 951-217-7062 or email


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