U.P. Pride hosts wine fundraiser

MARQUETTE — On Thursday evening, a wine and food pairing fundraising event was hosted by U.P. Pride at Café Bodega to support and increase awareness of the LGBTQ community.

Ticket holders were able to taste delicious wines paired with small plates created by Café Bodega. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will also be given to U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Two special guests who are representing the Hospice in this year’s ‘Dancing with Our Stars Competition,’ Mariah and Brigitte LaPointe-Dunham, were also present.

“It’s an all volunteer-run organization, and we are actually able to get out into the community and help people find resources and LGBT-friendly resources,” said UP Pride Board Member, Sarah Peurakoski. “We work with other partners  – we are just part of the community and provide events for LGBT people.”

The night also featured a silent auction, and prize wheel.