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RHOP Spring Garden Party @ Wintergreen Winery : 4.18.09

Photos By Paul Purpura : ©2009 NCL Magazine : Sue Bernard (right) is overwhelmed as Judy Rendich (left) and Peggy Whitehead recognize Sue for her 11 + years of work on RHOP. [1]

Photos By Paul Purpura : ©2009 NCL Magazine : Sue Bernard (right) is overwhelmed as Judy Rendich (left) and Peggy Whitehead recognize Sue for her 11 + years of work on RHOP.

Beech Grove/Wintergreen
The weather couldn’t have been better this past Friday evening as Blue Ridge Medical Center [2] held its annual Rural Health Outreach Program [3] benefit. For the very first time in over a decade the event was moved from it’s old location at Spruce Creek Gallery [4] just south of Nellysford. Spruce Creek closed back in January [5], so the event was moved to Wintergreen WInery’s [6] new event facility. The evening was superb! Sue Bernard was recognized by Peggy Whitehead, Executive Director of Blue Ridge Medical Center, and Judy Rendich who organized this year’s Spring Garden Party. Sue helped kick off the very first Spring fundraiser and hosted everyone until this year.

Before moving inside for the auctions, folks enjoyed the beautiful weather outdoors on a fantastic Spring evening. [7]

Before moving inside for the auctions, folks enjoyed the beautiful weather outdoors on a fantastic Spring evening.

The wine for the event was provided by Wintergreen Winery along with microbrews from Blue Mountain Brewery and Devils Backbone Brewing Company. [8]

The wine for the event was provided by Wintergreen Winery along with microbrews from Blue Mountain Brewery and Devils Backbone Brewing Company.

Tommy Stafford, Publisher of Nelson County Life Magazine (and yep this website!) was the emcee and auctioneer for the evening. [9]

Tommy Stafford, Publisher of Nelson County Life Magazine (and yep this website!) was the emcee and auctioneer for the evening.

The group Mongrel along with the duo The Honeydew Drops provided entertainment for the night. [10]

The group Mongrel along with the duo The Honeydew Drops provided entertainment for the night.

Numerous items were up for bid in the live auction after the silent auction for the evening closed. [11]

Numerous items were up for bid in the live auction after the silent auction for the evening closed.

Plenty of food was on hand along with beautiful floral arrangements from local greenhouses. [12]

Plenty of food was on hand along with beautiful floral arrangements from local greenhouses.

Did we mention the wine? Thought so. Jeff Stone of Wintergreen Winery, (right) enjoys the fruits of his own labor! [13]

Did we mention the wine? Thought so. Jeff Stone of Wintergreen Winery, (right) enjoys the fruits of his own labor!

All proceeds from the Spring Garden Party help fund The Rural Health Outreach Program.