Raise funds for Partners in Health at Dressner NYC tastings

Screen shot 2011 10 16 at 10.32.13 PM Wine importer Joe Dressner lost his three-year battle against brain cancer last month. During the course of his treatment, he often posted on his blog that there were others in the world who could not get the treatment he was getting. The Haitian earthquake of last year sparked him to hold several fundraiser tastings for the nonprofit Partners In Health, which fights disease in impoverished countries and areas around the world. The nonprofit spends an impressive 94.3% of their funds on programing according to Charity Navigator.

Starting this coming Saturday, some of my favorite shops (and one restaurant) in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Westchester will be pouring wines from the Louis/Dressner portfolio to raise funds for Partners in Health. The full list appears after the jump; most ask for a $20 donation but contact the shop before attending for complete details. It will be a very worthwhile evening, wherever you attend. Even if you can’t make it to one, you can always make a donation to PIH in Joe’s memory (or not) to PIH. In Joe’s inimitable words, here was a plea of his to give:

“PIH has been doing amazing work in Haiti since 1987 and has transcended charity to create an entirely new model of self-help and reliance. The work they do has changed the lives of people who have no resources, people who truly need help and can find it if we help PIH train the doctors and nurses and build the hospitals. This will not make us better people, more righteous or morally superior. I will continue to be a complete asshole. But providing basic medical care in the Third World, through an organization that delivers, will help others become better and healthier.”

– Chambers Street Wines, 148 Chambers St. – Saturday, October 22nd, 2 to 6:00pm (212) 227-1434

– Thirst Wine Merchants, 187 Dekalb Ave, Bklyn – Sunday, October 23rd, 5 to 8:00pm (718) 596-7643

– Astor Wines (Astor Center) 399 Lafayette St. – Monday, October 24th, 6 to 8:00pm (212) 674-7501

– Slope Cellars, 436 Seventh Ave, Bklyn – Wednesday October 26th, 6 to 8:00pm (718) 369-7307

– Brooklyn Wine Exchange, 138 Court St, Bklyn – Thursday October 27th, 6 to 9:00pm (718) 855-9463

– Grapes The Wine Co., 731 N. Broadway, White Plains – Friday October 28th, 6 to 9:00pm (914) 397-9463

– Union Square Wines, 140 Fourth Ave – Friday, October 28th, 6 to 9:00pm (212) 675-8100

– Le Du’s Wines, 600 Washington St – Friday, October 28th, 5 to 8:00pm (212) 924-6999

– Uva Wines, 199 Bedford Ave, Bklyn – Saturday, October 29th, 3 to 6pm (718) 963-3939

– Rouge Tomate, 10 East Sixtieth St – From October 22nd to October 29th –> the restaurant Rouge Tomate will offer a selection of ten Louis/Dressner wines, by the glass or bottle, a portion of the proceeds going to PIH. (646) 237-8970

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