TOPEKA -- The American Cancer Society's "Night of Wine and Roses" turned Sweet 16 Friday night, in an elegant evening of wine, food and dance for an audience of more than 250 people. The event at Capitol Plaza Hotel featured the theme, Gala de Carnival.
The large selections of wines offered last night were available for tastings and the topics of wine classes, appealing to the new wine lover and experienced wine enthusiasts.
Wines from South America were the stars of the show, paired up with hors d'oeuvres and a gourmet dinner. People were encouraged to dress in formal and black tie attire. They also enjoyed bidding on items in live and silent auctions, followed by live music and dancing.
The annual "Night of Wine and Roses" benefits local efforts of the American Cancer Society's research, education, advocacy and patients services, including Camp Hope and Patient Transportation. The event also serves to pay tribute to cancer survivors and loved ones lost to the devastating disease.
Last year's event raised more than $56,000 for the society.