WILKES-BARRE — It’s not an unusual sight to see people sampling whiskey and wine at Senunas’ Bar & Grill, but what made Sunday’s bar crowd different was where their money was going.
The North Main Street bar played host to a wine and bourbon tasting organized by Breathe Deep NEPA.
The organization is the local chapter of LUNGevity, a national nonprofit organization aiming to end lung cancer.
Pauline Makowski is Breathe Deep NEPA’s event coordinator. She said that Sunday’s event was a springboard of sorts to the group’s biggest event, the Breathe Deep NEPA 5K Walk & Fun Run.
“The wine tasting is a fundraiser for the 5K,” she said. “We have a few other fundraisers to try to appeal to a wide audience.”
According to Makowski, this is the second year the wine and bourbon tasting has been used to raise funds for the run, now entering its eighth year.
The event featured live music, a basket raffle and door prizes. And with a $20 admission ticket, attendees could sample as much wine and bourbon as they liked.
While Makowski wasn’t sure how many people came to the event, as the group didn’t pre-sell tickets, she did say it was a good turnout.
“People seem to like it very much,” she said. “I’m seeing a lot of repeat faces from last year’s event.”
Wines and bourbons were provided by Amy Niemkiewicz, senior sales executive for Nawrocki Imports.
Niemkiewicz was on hand with wines from all over the world, including obvious wine locales like France and California and less likely ones like South Africa. She said the most popular product, though, was a mixed drink made of a melon mojito non-alcoholic wine and cucumber-flavored vodka.
Seated at the bar were Judy Betti and Jayne Mattern, of Wyoming and Dunmore respectively. The two said they were happy to support a cause that means a lot to them.
“We’re just here to support (Breathe Deep NEPA),” Betti said. “We’ve been supporters for years; we do all the walks.”
Mattern said she was greatly pleased by the ambiance in Senunas’.
“For a college bar, it’s not at all what I expected,” she said. “They put on a very nice event.”
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