For 29 years the Hawke’s Bay community has been pulling together to support Cranford Hospice through the Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction.
On Saturday 28 November, over 650 people gathered at the Toitoi Hawke's Bay Arts and Events Centre in Hastings for this year’s event, and for the fourth year in a row, Harcourts Hawke’s Bay put its full support behind this iconic Hawke’s Bay fundraiser.
“It was an extraordinary day and one that I could not be prouder to be involved in,” says Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Managing Director, Kaine Wilson. “Whilst it’s always a fun event purchasing some of New Zealand’s most prestigious wines, no one loses focus on what the event is all about which is raising funds for Cranford Hospice.”
“The legendary abilities of my good mate Chris Kennedy as MC and auctioneer were the icing on the cake. His ability to create a real sense of emotion in the room is unmatched and we are so grateful for the time he gives for this event.”
The 2020 Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction raised over $302,000 - a new record - with every dollar going to Cranford Hospice to help pay for palliative care for those who need it.
Cranford Hospice chief executive Janice Byford-Jones expressed her heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped make the event possible in a year where so many events and fundraisers have had to be cancelled.
"I acknowledge this year has been particularly challenging for many, so it's simply wonderful to be able to come together and celebrate the unique creations of our local wine industry and at the same time support your local charity."
Kaine Wilson and James Cooper from Harcourts Hawke’s Bay and Chris Kennedy from Harcourts Gold (centre) were thrilled to help raise over $300,000 for Cranford Hospice at this year’s Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction.
Chris Kennedy, Harcourts Gold (centre left), and Kaine Wilson, Harcourts Hawke’s Bay (centre right) with the Harcourts team at the 2020 Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction.