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23rd Annual AbilitiesWine Tasting

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The 23rd annual Abilities Wine Tasting is set for May 26, 2012 at the Armed Forces History Museum, 2050 34th Way N., Largo, FL. This event features premium wines, auction items, and gourmet restaurants. Presented by Raymond James and selected as a three-time, top-five finalist for WEDU's Be More Awards Special Event of the Year, Abilities' is Florida's longest-running and most prosperous one-night tasting, netting $3.48 million to date.

"The event was moved to the museum to accentuate our fundraising mission to serve returning disabled military veterans," said Foundation CEO Frank De Lucia. "The Museum provides a centrally located 50,000 sq. ft. facility with ample free parking and a phenomenal look at our military from WWI through today. Its' fascinating re-creation of the defense of our nation will astound patrons and underscore the importance of supporting the veterans who sacrificed so much to ensure our many freedoms."

The tasting begins with a VIP Officer's Club Reception from 6-7 p.m., followed by the Grand Tasting from 7-9 p.m. Among the restaurants and wine purveyors will be Salt Rock Grill, Island Way Grill, Parkshore Grill, 400 Beach Drive, O'Bistro, Melting Pot, Madfish, Casa Vinicola Zonin, Global Wines Distribution, Premier Beverage Company, Southern Wine & Spirits, Republic National Distributing, Johnson Brothers, Stacole, Spirits of Mexico, Pic Pac, Fine Wine & Spirits Warehouse, and Carrollwood Liquors.

Presented by Raymond James and sponsored by Bright House Networks, Margaret Ewell Dickins Foundation, WDUV,105.5 The Dove, Jim's Harley-Davidson, and ALSCO Linens, Travis Publishing, Signs by Tomorrow, Courtesy Valet, and Ambassador Limousine, the event features valet parking, live entertainment, and a silent auction with a Jim's Harley-Davidson motorcycle, rare wines, autographed sports collectibles, original artwork, and more. 

Grand Tasting tickets cost $50 in advance; $75 after May 12; and $85 at the door. Tickets for the VIP Reception include entry to the Grand Tasting and cost $75 in advance; $150 after May 12; and $175 at the door. Buy tickets online at or call 727-538-7370x234. Designated driver tickets cost $40 and can only be purchased by calling 727-538-7370x234.
Proceeds benefit the Abilities Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit that supports the Warrior Bridge Initiative of Abilities, Inc. of Florida, d.b.a. the ServiceSource Regional Office, a 501c3 nonprofit that has helped thousands of Floridians with disabilities obtain jobs and affordable housing. For information visit


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