May 1, 2012

Contact: Bevin Theodore, Director of PR

1-800-25-PEACE, ext. 7797 

KidsPeace celebrates National Foster Care Month with annual wine tasting

LAUREL, Md. – Local foster youth will receive a “taste of kindness” thanks to funds raised during KidsPeace’s seventh annual wine tasting from 6 to 9 p.m. May 24. The free wine tasting and fundraiser at Corridor Fine Wine in Laurel will benefit 100 children in foster care programs in Washington D.C. and Maryland, operated by the national children's charity KidsPeace

Guests at the public event will enjoy the evening’s “Around the World Wine Tasting,” featuring wines and champagnes from various countries and regions. For more information, visit Thirty percent of all winery direct sales will be donated to KidsPeace to benefit the KEYS program, which provides life-skills training for foster youth ages 16-20, who face uncertain times as they prepare for their transition from care to independent living. 

“Few young adults leave home at 18 ready to care for themselves, even children that aren’t in foster care. Programs such as these are vital to the success of youth and we are so thankful for our kind and generous donors who support our efforts to ensure success for our youth,” said Diane Sancilio, regional manager of foster care and community programs. “This year’s wine tasting fundraiser is even more special since May is Foster Care Awareness Month. We are excited about the opportunity to help raise awareness and at the same time raise much needed funds that will do a world of good to benefit our children.”

“This event is for people with a thirst -- not just for the finer things in life -- but for helping children, many of whom don't have the basics, such as a home and a loving adult to guide their way,” said Steve Faith, vice president of wine operations for Corridor Fine Wine.

What:              Seventh Annual Wine Tasting

When:             May 24th from 6-9 p.m.
Where:            Corridor Fine Wine

3321 Corridor Marketplace,Laurel, MD 20724

Foster care facts:

  • Only 46 percent of foster care youth graduate from high school;
  • Less than 2 percent of foster kids complete college;
  • 50 percent of foster kids experience developmental delays;
  • 40-50 percent are homeless within 18 months of emancipation;
  • 42 percent (60 percent of females) become parents within 30 months of leaving
    foster care and
  • 25 percent of all foster kids are incarcerated within 24 months.

About KidsPeace

Founded in 1882, KidsPeace is dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children, preadolescents, teens and young adults, offering a comprehensive range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; and a variety of foster care and community-based programs to give hope, help and healing to children, families and communities. KidsPeace offers services in Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia.