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Stomp for a Cause raises $1,700

Teams prepared to squish grapes at the Carlos Creek Winery's Grape Stomp on September 16. (Photo by Crystal Dey)

Carlos Creek Winery held its inaugural Stomp for a Cause fundraiser as part of this year's Grape Stomp and Fall Festival. Carlos Creek donated all the fees they collected for teams registering to stomp grapes on Sunday to this year's Stomp for a Cause recipient, Alexandria Area Arts Association (AAAA).

"We had 48 teams stomp grades on Sunday," reported Michelle Bailly, director of events at Carlos Creek. "Plus, the AAAA Theatre staged our Lucy re-enactment, which earned them another $500, for a total of $1,700."

The final heat of the day featured eight teams from eight different Douglas County nonprofits in a Stomp-Off to determine who would be the recipient of the 2013 Stomp for a Cause. After four minutes of intense stomping, the Youth Hockey stompers were pronounced the champions.

In addition to championship T-shirts, the Youth Hockey Association will receive all the stomp registration fees from next year's Stomp for a Cause. The 2013 Carlos Creek Winery Grape Stomp and Fall Festival is scheduled for September 13-15.

"Stomp for a Cause is a fun way for us to give back to the Douglas County community that has shown us so much support since we bought the winery in 2008," said winery president Tami Bredeson. "Plus, this is a great way for the community to support local nonprofits and for nonprofits to promote the good work they are doing. This year, we had 48 teams stomping, but we can host up to 128 teams, which would raise $3,200. We hope to see a full slate of stompers for Youth Hockey next year."

Carlos Creek Winery is a family owned and operated winery in Alexandria.