Heartland Winery organizes a grape crushing event to help the Ill organization.

COBDEN, Ill. (KFVS) – A winery in southern Illinois invited its guests to participate in a grape treading event to help a local organization on Saturday.

Wichmann Vineyard brought together people from across the region to participate in stomping grapes, relaxing with a glass of wine and listening to music.

The event not only lets people enjoy the atmosphere, but also helps boys and girls clubs in southern Illinois.

Wichmann Vineyard owner Hanna Wichmann said it was important to help out and support a good cause.

“It is important for us to support our community, to raise awareness of the importance of having activities for children in our community, to have a safe place to go, and then to have fun too,” said said Wichmann.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Illinois CEO Tina Carpenter said it was important to educate people about the nature of the organization.

“There are still people in southern Illinois who don’t know us and then there are people who know us but don’t know what we do,” Carpenter said. “So if we can let people know the impact we have on children, support and a safe place for children after school or during the summer is important.”

Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Illinois is a youth development agency serving young people and caring for academic achievement, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.

Money raised at the event will be used to help Boys and Girls Clubs in Southern Illinois.

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