Vines for Life is returning for its ninth year this August. Since 2010, the fundraiser has raised more than $250,000 for three local charities — Creating Hope, Indy SurviveOars and Team Luke. The charities are Geist-local and allow patients going through cancer to experience art, music, meditation and camaraderie. The charities joined forces to raise awareness and hope for those living with cancer.

The annual event is Friday, August 16 from 7-10 p.m. at Daniel’s Vineyard in McCordsville. It features fine wine, craft beer, spirits, gourmet food, music, a charity boutique and a live auction. The fundraiser is later in the year than in previous years so the event can fully utilize Daniel’s Vineyard, namely its outdoor patio.

“We’re trying to bring local people and give some local entities some exposure as well,” says Todd Andritsch, Vines for Life co-founder.

As in years past, a private Sponsor Reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a wine tasting event at 7 p.m. Guests will sample wines from California, including: Trefethen Family Vineyards, Cakebread Cellars, Black Stallion Winery, Cooper Mountain Vineyards and Mauritson Wines. Local craft breweries will also be serving their latest beers — Wooden Bear Brewing and Sun King. Several Kentucky bourbons will also be available on the outdoor deck, as will Tito’s Handmade Vodka. If you want the ultimate pairing, cigars will also be available on the deck.

Local restaurants will be sampling their signature appetizers, too. Choices include Ale Emporium’s Hermanaki wings, Eddy’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill cajun scallops, FoxGardin’s Swedish meatballs, Murphy’s Craft House cheeseburger sliders, hummus & pita and jumbo shrimp, Stone Creek Dining Company’s pomegranate BBQ shrimp & barely fruit salad and Wolfie’s at Geist’s award-winning mac & cheese.

The event is open to the public and anyone can buy a ticket. Andritsch says that the event is perfect for those looking for a fun night out.

“It’s a really nice night out,” he says. “It is affordable, but it’s also really well done. There will be lots of good wines and good food and good company. A number of couples use it to go and have a night out. It’s close, so you don’t have to go downtown to do it, and we give back to the community and help fight cancer.”

Parking for this event will be free and attire is casual elegance. Tickets are $75 per person and space is limited to 275 guests. To purchase tickets, visit VinesForLife.org. Daniel’s Vineyard is located at 9061 N 700 W, McCordsville (northeast corner of 86th and Carroll Roads).

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Todd Andritsch at tandritsch@equiasalliance.com.