Wine Tasting for a Cause


Steve and Cookie's By the Bay was bursting with excitement Wednesday evening and raised funds for local charities. The sold-out event included 200 guests including Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Game wide receiver Mike Quick who dropped by to join in the fun. 

The 13th annual Margate Business Association Wine Tasting raised $15,000 Wednesday, April 29. Diane Mitchell of 95.1 WAYV's Mike and Diane show and Lou Solomon of Margate kept the crowd laughing and the bidders competing for items throughout the evening.  

“This was by far the most successful scholarship fundraiser ever,” said Berger. “Special thanks to Steve and Cookies By the Bay and Paula Hartman from the Hartman Home Team, the true heart and soul of the event.”

Hartman said organizing the event was made easy thanks to the team of MBA Executive Director Anna Maria Blescia-Courter and President Ed Berger, Cookie Till, Dana Hartman, Anna Marie Carr of Jagielky's, Shannon Wray from 95.1 WAYV and all the businesses and individuals who supported the event.

“It was an incredible outpouring of love and support from everyone in Margate. This is such a fabulous town I live in,” said event chairperson Hartman of Margate. “Our auctioneer Lou Solomon created a tremendous amount of humor and made the whole evening fun. He got the crowd going and bidding and made the whole evening fun. It really was a special night.”

Proceeds from the event benefit the Margate Business Association’s Daniel and Maria Walters Scholarship program. Each year, the program awards two, $2,500 college scholarships to high school seniors who have attended Margate City schools. More than $78,000 has been awarded to Margate students attending college through this program since its inception in 1999.

Proceeds also benefit the MBA Children’s Fund, which distributes warm clothing, glasses, school supplies to children, sends latch key children to summer camps, and provides food and toys among its services. Proceeds also benefit several local charities. 

The MBA thanks its proud donors of this year’s wine tasting: R&R Marketing, Allied Beverage, Grand Cru, Fedway Associates, Polaner Selections, Frederick Wildman, Winebow, Cape May Brewery, Julius Silvert, Formica’s Bakery. Vine Street Imports, Domaine Select Merchants and Vinum USA.

Special thanks to our auction and sponsor donors, including:


100.7 WZXL * 95.1 WAYV * AAAA Bike Shop * Anchor Arts * Art Handler’s Furniture & Appliance Center * Avant Girl * Barrel's Italian Restaurant * Bedazzled * Bocca * Boot Leggers * California Yogurt * Cape Bank * Carmen LaRosa * Casel's * Chef Vola * Chelsea * Coast Tile * Colmar True Value Home Center * Cornerstone Plastic Surgery by Dr Fred Coville * Cuba Libre * David Katz-ZYR Russian Vodka * Downbeach Deli * Downbeach Express * Dusk * Edible Arrangements * Frank Kappas Insurance * Gil Segal * Gil Segal Calibur Homeloans * Girasole Restaurant * Glenn Darby Insurance * Global Connect * Greate Bay Country Club * Greenberg Chiropractics * Hannah G's * Harbour Pines * Heritage Surf & Sport * Hope Jewels * Interstate Outdoor Advertising * Island Hopper * Jalapeno's * Jeff Vance * Jim Malamut * Joe Gurwitz * John Irons * John Obelenus * Jolly Pets * Jon Baker * Jonuzi's * Kidrageous * L.E.Roselli * Liangs Imperial East * Lucy the Elephant * Make Up By Kaycee * Margate Bike Shop * Margate Dairy Bar * MariElena * Massage By Lisa * Mel's Furniture * Mike Ryan, Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center * Miyako * My Yoga * Nancy Adler Nutrition * Nix * NJ Yoga Zone * Original Photography By Bernard * Pamela's Health/Harmony GC * Paper Chase * Passion Vines * Pierre's Pizza, Porsche * Racquel Johnson * Ray Scott's Dock * Red Door * Robert Madonna of Trident Mortgage * Robert's Place * Sage * Scott Abbott * Scout Clothing & Décor * Serago Roberts * Shady McCoy * Siganos Management * South End/ Monroe Liquors * Stacey's Surf & Paddle * Steve and Cookie's By The Bay * Steve Popovich * Superior Car Detail * Surroundings * Swift Law Firm * TackleDirect * Tanger Outlets * Teal Cruising and Charters * The Breakthrough Coach, LLC - Jeffrey S. Hartman * The Pet Salon * The Running Center * Tomatoe's Restaurant * USA DJ & Karaoke * Ventura's Restaurant * Virgie * Wagner Painting * Yama Sushi * Yoga Zone * Zen Den Yoga Classes.