The Bent Tree Foundation’s first wine tasting event, “Wines of the World”, was held in 2012. It has since become an annual event held at Club Tamarack. The sponsor of this event has always been Trouts Beverages in Jasper. From 2012 through the 2016 event, Jack Short owned Trouts Beverages. When Jack sold Trouts Beverages, the new owners graciously agreed to continue the tradition. Five beverage distributors give of their time and their wines to make this an enormously enjoyable and fun time for all of the attendees. Donna Short, with the help of other volunteers, creates an incredible spread of heavy hors d’oeuvres. In addition to the fine food, the wonderful wines and the lovely piano music, courtesy of Ellen Whitten, the event also provides some great prizes for those lucky enough to buy a winning raffle ticket.
The funds raised from this wonderful evening of fun and camaraderie are used for scholarships for qualified Pickens County High School seniors as well as grants to teachers throughout our county to be used for special projects.