Wine Crush & a Taste of Helena - May 7, 2016

Wine Crush & a Taste of Helena - May 7, 2016

About This Event

Wine Crush was started in 2003 by George's Distributing as a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Helena. It quickly grew to become one of Helena's most loved and anticipated events.

A major fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Helena, Wine Crush features wines from around the world; including Italy, Chile, France, and the best of California, Oregon and Washington! "A Taste of Helena" allows Wine Crush guests to partake in the offerings of some of Helena's favorite restaurants. The evening also features a Live and Silent Auction and live music by The Growlers.

It’s a wonderful way to spend an evening out while supporting a vital Helena service, and sharing with friends, both old and new.


Please scroll down to read a letter from a "Little".

Location / Venue

  • Address:
  • The Helena Civic Center
  • 340 Niell Ave
  • Helena, Montana
  • 59601, USA
  • Time:
  • May 07, 2016 07:00 pm to
  • May 07, 2016 11:00 pm

Grand Sommelier

  • United Way of Lewis and Clark Area
  • Big Sky Brokers
  • KXLH
  • George's
  • Stockman Bank
  • anderson zurmuehlen & co
  • FAST Enterprises

Master of Wine

  • Montana Radio Company
  • Opportunity Bank
  • sussex Construction Inc.

Winemaker

  • Valley Bank of Helena
  • Doubek, Pyfer &
  • McDonald's of Helena
  • Rocky Mountain Credit Union
  • First Interstate

Vintner

  • John MacDonald Consulting
  • Finstad's Carpet One
  • Wipfli
  • Express Scripts
  • Well Fargo

Tasting

  • DA Davidson
  • US Bank
  • AAA Mountain West
  • Exchange Club
  • Stockman Insurance
  • Island Liquor
  • Helena Independent Record
  • Lyon Production
  • US Bank
  • SMA
  • Mosaic Architecture
  • Partners in Pediatrics
  • Helena Orthodontics
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Helena

Event to Support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Helena

Our Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better forever.

A story from a "Little" -

My Big Brother and I have been matched for 7 years, since I was 12 years old. He has taught me to not step down to a bully’s level. I used to think that I could fight them as a way to stop them, but my Big Brother taught me to not get agitated at them and keep walking. They will get bored or go away. All the kids tell me I will never graduate. My Big Brother called my school counselor and my counselor told me that I have “all the potential to graduate.” I am good at math. I thought I was getting a B or a C on a recent test and I got almost an A. I will graduate this spring.

Jay taught me that there are a lot of things that I can do rather than stay at home. Fishing, hunting, eating healthier, going kayaking with friends, caring forsporting equipment, bowling, playing pool, etc. I would like to eat more wildmeat because it’s healthy, but my family doesn’t like it. I like it – it tastesgood!

My favorite memory was when my Big Brother first took me elk hunting. I felt excited that I got my first elk. I didn’t think I got her, but I did. I was so excited and was happy to see the look on my Big Brother’s face.  I made all the decisions on my own. Jay kept telling me to shoot above the shoulder and it was a perfect shot. I got a 98% on my hunter’s safety test. My test instructor didn’t think that I could do it because I am a Special Needs kid. I showed myself that I could do it. My Big Brother believed in me and knew that I could do it too.

Without Jay, I would be miserable. If he wasn’t helping me with all of the bullying, I would have killed myself. My big brother helped me talk it through and he let me know how much I mean to him. He told me, “can you imagine how sad I would be if you weren’t here?” If I had done it, I would have hurt him and he would have been an empty soul without me. I told myself I should stop thinking about it. I realized it was selfish and I didn’t want to hurt others. I think it would have hurt Anita too, my Big Brother’s wife. I thought I should try to not think about it and go somewhere else where the bullies wouldn’t be. Now I just ignore them and they get bored after a while. I don’t respond. I know I am not a quitter. My Big Brother taught me not to quit. I think he taught me well. I am so grateful that my Big Brother is here. If he wasn’t I would have done something that I would have regretted. I think everyone needs a Big Brother like Jay!