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September 17, 2005
Over $21,000 raised for hurricane Katrina relief at Grapefest
Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate and the Grapevine City Council are pleased to announce that the City of Grapevine employees raised over $21,000 to benefit the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund during the 19th Annual GrapeFest. 

The Grapevine Fire Department raised an additional $15,000 during their Labor Day boot collection bringing the total amount raised by City employees to over $36,000. 

"We are pleased that a portion of the festival proceeds are benefitting the American Red Cross to help our neighbors along the Gulf Coast," said festival co-chairs, Susan and Jerry Pittman. "GrapeFest is about community, and we feel that it is the perfect venue for the community to come togther not only to celebrate, but also to bond together to help those in need. We thank the dozens of city employees and volunteers who staffed the Red Cross booths during the festival and all of the guests who contributed to the relief fund."

Over 240,000 people attended this year's festival, surpassing all attendance numbers from previous festivals. GrapeFest is named as one of the American Bus Association's Top 100 Events in North America and is the largest wine festival in the Southwest. For more information about GrapeFest or Historic Grapevine, please visit www.grapevinetexasusa.com or call (817) 410-3195.

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