At Bending Branch Winery & Estate in Comfort, Texas, all roads lead back to family.
A close-knit venture co-founded by Bob and Brenda Young alongside their daughter, Alison, and their son-in-law, John Rivenburgh, every element of the winery's buisness echoes an unwavering committment to family, community and philanthropy.
On June 7 and 8, Bending Branch Winery hosted their second annual Wine and Tennis ProAM weekend. In honor of Brenda, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2006, proceeds were directed to The Michael J. Fox Foundation with nearly $40,000 being raised in support of Parkinson's research.
Inspired by the Young family's lifelong love for tennis, the weekend centered around a two-day Pro-Amateur Tournament featuring participation from five tennis pros, including 2-time Australian Open Champion Johan Kriek. While watching the matches, guests were entertained with live music, food from an array of local food trucks, wine tastings and racquet demos.
Following the first day of play, 75 guests were welcomed to the Young's private home for an exclusive 3-course, 5-star dinner. While overlooking the stunning Texas Hill Country landscape and the winery's vineyards, guests enjoyed live music while bidding on both silent and live auction items. The evening successfuly contributed $14,000 to the weekend's total fundraising.
While the entire weekend proved memorable, guests shared the impact of Bob's touching dinner toast during which he spoke personally to the affect that Parkinson's has had on their family. The weekend's efforts and successes were dedicated to Bob's loving wife, Brenda.
Many congratulations to the Young family and the Bending Branch Winery staff; we're grateful for your support!