PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Taste of the Vine a Huge Success!!!

14th Annual Taste of the Vine hosted by the William Sansum Diabetes Center raised thousands of dollars.
SANTA BARBARA, CALIF.—August 29th, 2016 —The 14th annual Taste of the Vine entertained more than 350 guests this past Saturday. The event was held on the spectacular grounds of QAD, Inc. in Summerland. Attendees had the chance to taste some of the best wines, beers and food from around the Central Coast.
They also participated in a silent and live auction. News Channel 3 Senior reporter John Palminteri served as the auctioneer. The live auction items included a six night African photo safari for two and a Costa Rican Getaway for two. Including sponsorships, ticket sales and auction items, the event raised more than $75 thousand dollars.
William Sansum Diabetes Center Executive Director Ellen Goodstein says, “It exceeded our expectations. It was a hugely successful event. Everyone had a good time and more importantly they supported an important cause, making a difference in the lives of people struggling with diabetes.”
The money raised will go towards diabetes education, care and research. Free services are offered to thousands of uninsured Santa Barbara County residents who struggle with diabetes. This includes helping pregnant mothers navigate the difficult road and deliver healthy babies. Also, the advances in research at the center help bring the artificial pancreas to those who need it most.
The William Sansum Diabetes Center is world-wide leader in diabetes research is in our own backyard. Diabetes impacts more than 40 thousand people in Santa Barbara County. There is not a cure. But, there is hope.
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ABOUT WILLIAM SANSUM DIABETES CENTER: We have been on the cutting edge of diabetes research, clinical care, and education since our founding in 1944 by Dr. William Sansum. Sansum was the first U.S. physician to administer insulin in the treatment of diabetes. The Center also provides direct clinical care to patients including pregnant mothers with gestational diabetes, helping them to deliver healthy babies. For more information: ###

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