Wine, cheese centerpiece of firefighter fundraiser

By: Laura Newell, Telegraph staff writer
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Over the weekend, the 39th annual El Dorado Hills Firefighters’ Association’s Wine, Cheese and Brew Festival fundraiser brought attracted more than 700 to support local firefighters. El Dorado Hills Fire Department Capt. Dave Brady said this is a popular fundraiser. “This is a perfect event for the community to come out and socialize while also being introduced to good local businesses,” he said. The event included wine, beer and food tasting, a classic car show, a silent auction and live music by Hip Service. Sumi Smith, of Folsom, brought her friends. “This is our girls’ night out tonight,” she said. “What a good event to attend and support the fire department while having fun with friends in a safe environment.” Michelle Visentin works with Roebbelen in El Dorado Hills and has been associated with the event for more than 10 years. “The event used to be held at our facility every year,” she said. “But I think they are doing a really good job now. I’m so happy with their new location at the old El Dorado Hills Golf Course.” Visentin said it’s worth it to support the department because of all their hard work. “This fire department always does such a good job helping with the community,” she said. “So we want to help support them.” For John and Tiffany Sieber of El Dorado Hills, this was their first time attending. “We haven’t had to call the department, but I definitely support them,” Tiffany said. She did suggest that women wear flat shoes next year, because her high heels kept digging into the grass. Many local businesses provided food, including Nugget Market. “We are so privileged to support the El Dorado Hills Fire Department and those in the community,” said Kraig Brady, El Dorado Hills Nugget Market store director. “Thank you to the department for all they continue to do and to those who have given it all, as those in 9/11.”