Tickets sold, donations gathered, wine bottled, and beer brewed — all in time to make 2018 Cheers to Charity event a success.

Mary Beth Garrison, founder said, “The positive comments tonight I have received have been off the chart. It humbles me and blesses me that a vision is an amazing reality.”

There were more than 30 company booths that had volunteers from around Tehachapi donating their time to support different nonprofits and providing more than 32 options of different wines and beers, with the event being held at Aviator Park.

“The reason why I like it is because it brings a smile to people’s faces. The love of crafting beer can get all these great people together and celebrate,” said David Garcia co-owner of Big Boys Brewing.

Michelle Williams and Susan Durr who are from Tehachapi said, “We look forward to these events and we can have a night out as mother and daughter.”

Friends and family strolled through Aviator Park sampling food from local restaurants, placing their bid on donated items up for sale and walking from one place to another selecting their favorite beverage before the night ended.

More than 750 people attended the event this year and VIP tickets sold out early.

“This is the premiere charity event of the summer and there are some really great organizations benefiting from it,” said Beth Hamilton, from Tehachapi Wine and Cattle Company, Inc.

Cheers to Charity began in 2014 with more than 200 people in attendance at Veritas Tapas in Tehachapi. In 2016, the event moved to its current venue, Aviator Park at Tehachapi Municipal Airport.

Money raised totals $110,100 to date. Each year the amount raised grows, and in 2017, $40,000 was given away to charities — with hopes to raise $50,000 this year, said Garrison.

This year funds raised will benefit the Koinonia Family Services, Tehachapi Cancer Foundation, Tehachapi Salvation Army, and the Central California Animal Disaster Team.

More than 200 volunteers from local restaurants, and businesses helped with catering, setting up for the event, checking in guests and preparing for other needs. Volunteers included the Greater Tehachapi Economic Development Council, Tehachapi Rotary Foundation, Tehachapi Mountains Search and Rescue, Stallion Springs CERT, Tehachapi Valley Wrestling Club and other local businesses.

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