As they have done for 16 years now, Greater Clevelanders raised their glasses and danced the night away on June 26th at Progressive Field, all to benefit Our Lady of the Wayside.

A record 1,500 people who attended Grapes & Ale, Presented by Giant Eagle, enjoyed the hottest BBQ of the summer, with samplings of more than 300 internationally acclaimed wines, craft brews and tastes from some of the sauciest BBQ restaurants in town, along with the music of The Ace Molar Band.

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Terry Davis, CEO of The Wayside, said the attendance set a new record, “This event just keeps getting bigger and better. With the help of Giant Eagle and other sponsors, almost two million dollars has been raised since the event was created in 2000.  And like all of our events, many of the residents we serve were in attendance, so the people who support us see first- hand what affect The Wayside has had in creating opportunities for them to live safe, happy and full lives.” 

Hosting this year’s event were: 850am ESPN’s Mark Bishop, Q104's Average Joe, Joe Crea of the Northeast Ohio Media Group, WMJI's Mark Nolan and Chip Kullik.

For $125, VIP guests attended the Majic of Wine Tasting, where they walked the red carpet and nibbled on a tasty appetizer from Spice Kitchen & Bar. They sipped and then voted on featured selections from Columbia Winery, Pernod Ricard, Save Me San Francisco Wine Company, Skinny Girl Wine Collection and Tom Gore Vineyards. The winner of the Best of Red this year was Tom Gore’s Cabernet Sauvignon while Hogue’s Late Harvest Riesling took top honor in the Best of White category.  Chris Bartholomew of Constellation Brands claimed the awards for both wines.

The $50, Premiere Grand Tasting admission included a souvenir wine glass, wine samplings, program, Chinese raffle, silent auction and access to the ESPN 850 WKNR line of Craft Beers which included; Blue Moon, Leinenkugel’s, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Goose Island, Samuel Adams, Shock Top and more!

Entertainment was provided by The Ace Molar Band, featuring FOX 8’s Todd Meany. Guests sampled plates from the sauciest restaurants in town including: Barrio, Corleone’s, Firehouse Grill, Hodge’s, Hot Sauce Williams, Horseshoe Casino, Spice Kitchen & Bar, Strip, Becker’s Bakery and Sweet Moses.

Attendees also helped raise money by bidding on a number of donated Chinese auction items, which included various beer-related items, visits to local attractions, an autographed Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns items. There was also a 50/50 raffle.