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Good Samaritans hold a toy drive for the Coalition for the Protection of Children. Pictured (from left) Melanie Scanlon, of Bright Isle toy store, Ophelia Plianthos, 3, Grace Plianthos, 19 months, and Karen Plianthos, of Bermuda Wine Concierge (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

A children’s charity was gifted hundreds of toys after a charity wine tasting.

The donation to the Coalition for the Protection of Children came after Bermuda Wine Concierge raised $3,025 at the weekend.

The event’s guests were served authentic Italian food and sampled fine wines.

The cash raised from ticket sales and donations went to the coalition’s Toys for Tots campaign, which supplies presents for children in need.

Karen Plianthos, of Bermuda Wine Concierge, said: “I like the idea of someone, just in their own quiet way, helping a charity.

“It doesn’t ever need to be something big — but every little bit helps.”

Guests at the wine tasting tried a variety of wines — some costing up to $600 a bottle — from the personal collection of sommelier Francesco Lombardo.

Mr Lombardo also cooked dishes from his Italian grandmother’s recipe book for the guests, who included Kelly Hunt, the executive director of the coalition, who was guest of honour.

Ms Plianthos said that Bright Isle, a children’s toy store, helped them to source the gifts and also made a donation to the coalition.

Ms Plianthos said that she hoped to make the wine tasting an annual event and feature increasingly high-end wines.

Good Samaritans hold a toy drive for the Coalition for the Protection of Children. Karen Plianthos, of Bermuda Wine Concierge, and her children, Ophelia, 3, left, and Grace, 19 months (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Art materials collected for the Coalition for the Protection of Children (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Science kits and art materials collected for the Coalition for the Protection of Children (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published December 23, 2021 at 7:51 am (Updated December 23, 2021 at 7:49 am)

Toys for Tots gets Christmas boost from wine tasting

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