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Wine Making a Difference: Star Light, Star Night Event

Founded in 1958, the organization currently reaches 3,200 kids and adults across five states– offering year-round recreational programs for people with physical and developmental disabilities to build self-esteem and promote positive relationships.

Situated on a spectacular 195-acre campus–with a lodge, residence halls, health services center, boat house, 50-foot Alpine Tower, aquatic playground, seven-acre lake, nature trails, and prairie– Recreation Unlimited is the largest provider in the state of Ohio serving individuals with disabilities in the area of sports, recreation and education with the most comprehensive and quality program offerings.

Star Light, Star Night is Recreation Unlimited’s annual fundraiser. Each year, the event features one “Wine Star” who showcases their portfolio and expertise to wine-curious attendees and enthusiasts alike. This year, Janie Brooks-Heuck joined us for the evening, showcasing a selection of the award-winning wines of Willamette Valley’s Brooks Wine.

Brooks is the living legacy of Jimi Brooks, a visionary Portland native who came to wine through his passion for history and philosophy. Even after Jimi's unforeseen passing in 2004, his strong commitment to biodynamic farming, his gentle approach to winemaking and his excitement for the Willamette Valley terroir live on through their wines and team.

Jimi’s son Pascal is the sole owner of the winery; Jimi’s sister Janie Brooks-Heuck has volunteered her time to lead it; and Jimi’s longtime friend and winemaking accomplice, Chris Williams, continues to make Brooks’ wines. Brooks Winery is actively involved in making a difference: the winery is Certified-Biodynamic by Demeter, is a Certified B-Corporation, and is involved in 1% for the Planet.

A Note from Eric Stewart:

Thank you to Janie Brooks-Heuck, a good friend and even better person. Thank you Scioto Country Club for hosting such an amazing event, and of course, thank you to those who were in attendance. Each year, after this event is said and done, I reflect on the kindness of others in our community– the willingness to give a helping hand where we can to an organization that is so admirably selfless. I’m proud to be part of this event, this organization, and this community. I’m honored to connect the heartwarming stories of those in the wine industry with those of our surrounding communities through this incredible event. - Eric



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