Wines, microbrews, music, good food and auctions are on tap for the April 18 annual
fund-raiser for Taft College's Transition to Independent Living (TIL) program.
The popular event, which will be held at the Historic Fort from 5-8 p.m., is sponsored
jointly by the Fort Preservation Society and the Taft disAbilities Partnership Team
(TAPT), an advisory group for the TIL program.
All proceeds will be divided between the sponsoring organizations.
The event spotlights the college's acclaimed TIL program that trains young adults with
mild intellectual disabilities to live on their own through a two-year, on-campus blend of
academics and hands-on living experiences.
A new $14.5 million Independent Living Center is nearing completion, which will allow
the program to move from the portable buildings it has operated in since its inception in
The wine tasting/jazz festival will feature music by the Taft High Jazz Band under the
direction of Amanda Posey, a variety of wines and microbrews to sample, Hors d'oeuvres
prepared by TC chef Geoff Dunham and his staff, both live and silent auctions and
drawings for prizes.
Robin Polski will serve as auctioneer.
Advance tickets are on sale.
The various levels of participation begin with single tickets priced at $25 ($30 the night
of the event).
Sponsorships are available at various levels: $125 includes two tickets, $250 (four
tickets), and $500 corporate sponsorship with reserved table for eight.
Tickets can be purchased at The Historic Fort (765-7371) and at Taft College (763-7799).