Hurricane Katrina Victims A Top Priority: Ocean Edge Postpones Sept. 17 Wine & Food Festival Until Spring
By Walter Brooks
The First Annual Ocean Edge Wine & Food Festival scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17â??a charity event to benefit The Association of Hole In The Wall Camps for children with serious illnesses and life-threatening conditions, founded by Paul Newman, â??has been postponed until spring out of respect for the victims of Hurricane Katrina and the devastating losses the storm has inflicted on the Gulf Coast.
Corcoran Jennison, host of the event at the newly renovated Brewster resort on Cape Cod, and festival sponsors do not want to divert attention from critical fund raising for hurricane relief efforts.
â??We would encourage everyone to donate to help those in need along the Gulf Coast,â? said Ocean Edge General Manager Steve Lambert in making the announcement.
"At this point there isn't a higher, more immediate priority," said Greg O'Brien of Codfish Press, a spokesman for the event. "The news out of New Orleans each day is grim."
Festival will be held in the Spring
The Ocean Edge festival will be held in the spring and will feature, as planned, celebrity guest chefs from Ireland, Johnson & Wales, Boston and New York, in addition the finest reserve wines from around the world.
â??We contacted all our media partners, sponsors and Cape wine merchants, and there was 100% agreement to postpone the event,â? said founder of the event Dave Aldrich.
Corcoran Jennison, owners and operators of Ocean Edge and Bayside Expo in Boston, went out of their way to thank the eventâ??s honorary chairman, Mike Barnicle, newspaper columnist, television commentator and radio talk show host on WTKK-FM for his continued support, as well as the festivalâ??s many corporate sponsors: United Liquors, L. Knife & Sons, Johnson & Wales, Argus Advertising, Tourism Ireland and several media sources, including Community Newspaper Company, Boston Magazine, Channel 5, Clear Channel Outdoor and The Greater Boston Radio Group.