Help The Needy Nets $6,500 From Local Wine And Jazz Festival

Help the Needy, one of Teller’s well-regarded nonprofits, received a $6,500 check last week, courtesy of the fifth annual Vino & Notes jazz, food and wine festival.

The Aug. 4 event, spearheaded by Ben and Jamie Caperton, owners of The Cellar Door, has now become one of the top ten wine tasting galas in Colorado. And according to Ben Caperton, the festival has emerged as a path leader in wine events that benefit a local charity. “We wanted to help out a local charity this year,” said Ben Caperton, who along with Jamie formerly ran Charitable Treasures. “We feel it was important that the dollars we raised from this event stayed in the community.”

Tony Perry, president of Park State Bank & Trust and a board member of Help the Needy, lauded the Capertons for their effort. He believes this serves as a prime example of small business operators who are willing to give back to the community, even during tough times. Plus, Perry touted Vino & Notes, an event that Park State helped co-sponsor, as a big promotional boost for the area. “They didn’t promote The Cellar Door (with Vino & Notes) It was really about promoting Woodland Park. These types of events get people up here to see what we have to offer,” explained Perry.

Ben Caperton said the festival was a major success, attracting many people outside the region, who expressed an interest in spending much time in the area. In fact, an event survey indicated that a good percentage of Vino & Notes festival-goers had plans for spending at least six days in the local area. Approximately 20 Colorado wineries participated, along with several key musical bands.

Colorado vino has been gaining growing popularity in the area. Woodland Park now boasts nearly 10 retail shops that showcase wine-tasting areas for Colorado wineries. “We get true wine enthusiasts at this event,” conceded Ben Caperton, who admits that interest in Colorado wineries has definitely grown dramatically in the last five years. Accepting the check for Help the Needy was executive director Vince Scarlata.