WIne tasting and auction to benefit Kappes Foundation

As heartbreaking as it must be to have a sick child in the hospital, what about all the people who have a sick child in the hospital but cannot afford to be there with them? What about the people who have insult added to injury because they can’t reach out and hold their child’s hand or sing to them because there is a mortgage to pay and it takes gas money to get to the hospital? This weekend, a Saturday night out can make a difference in the life of someone who needs it.

Saturday, Sept. 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. the sixth annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction will be held at Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View to benefit the Ryan Scott Kappes Foundation. It has all the makings of a great Saturday night — wines, entertainment and food — but with the added bonus of being in support of a charity that aims to help others.

The fundraiser is presented by the Kappes family, which owns Beach Liquors along Coastal Highway in Bethany Beach. It features heavy hors d’oeuvres catered by DiFebo’s, wines from Beach Liquors and a jazz trio as the entertainment. Funds are raised for the foundation, a nonprofit organization started in February 2006 that provides financial assistance to families of critically ill children during extended hospitalization.

On Jan. 30, 2006, a congenital heart defect took the life of 10-week-old Ryan Scott Kappes, son of Karie and Scott Kappes.

Mike Kappes, brother of Scott Kappes, said the idea for the foundation came about after the family saw how many of the babies who were sick were in the hospital alone, simply because their parents couldn’t afford to miss work to be there with them.

“It’s to help offset travel expenses and other financial obligations,” he said of the assistance provided by the foundation, adding that it has raised almost half a million dollars since its inception.

In addition to helping local children and families, the foundation has helped families nationwide — from Delaware to Hawaii — deal with the financial aspect of having a sick child.

“It’s paid mortgage payments, hotel expenses, sponsored Ronald McDonald rooms — whatever it takes,” added Kappes.

The event is sponsored by PNC Bank and features a silent auction with items from many local retailers, restaurants and other businesses. This year, the Cottage Café has donated an iPad 2 that will be raffled off, and, of course, there will be plenty of wine to taste.

Kappes said some of the more well-known wines on offer at the event will include Cakebread, Caymus Special Selection, Shafer and Opus One. He said there will be “well over 50” varieties of wines for guests to try.

Tickets cost $50 per person and can be purchased at Beach Liquors or by calling Mike Kappes at (302) 228-9910 or Jerry Kappes at (302) 228-8793. For more information on the foundation, visit online.