CONSUMER WINE AWARDS TO BENEFIT UCP’S AUTISM CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE
Funding to help meet the needs of children with autism
SACRAMENTO – UCP of Sacramento and Northern California’s Autism Center for Excellence (A.C.E.) announced today that it is partnering with the 2015 Consumer Wine Awards taking place April 11, 2015 in Sacramento. Entering its seventh year, the Consumer Wine Awards is a unique wine competition using hundreds of everyday wine lovers and an in-depth research project about perception and wine enjoyment to then connect people with similar preferences to wines they will love.
“UCP is grateful to be selected by the Consumer Wine Awards as a beneficiary for their event,” said Doug Bergman, UCP President and CEO. “We are thrilled to partner with them to better our community and we appreciate their support of our UCP Autism Center for Excellence at Sacramento State, a structured after-school socialization training program designed to meet the special needs of children with autism.”
“Our mission is to foster a greater understanding that all people live in different sensory worlds, so it is very exciting for us to forward a greater appreciation of how this relates to people on the autism spectrum,” says Tim Hanni MW, co-founding partner of CWA. “To this point, our consumer wine judges are chosen to evaluate the styles of wines they enjoy. The results are then organized so that people with similar style preferences can get recommendations from the panels that also love the wine that they love. These are often the wines that trained experts and critics ignore or dismiss, but our program offers a great means to rise above the ‘tyranny of the minority’ that focuses on a tiny number of wines. And how great is it that April is National Autism Awareness month?”
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