Friday, November 18th at the Essex Resort and Spa we will host our 8th Annual Wine, Beer and Cider tasting with the proceeds all being donated to the Travis Roy Foundation.  Over $60,000 has been raised since the first year.


Farrell Distributing along with the leadership of Donald MacDonald, Farrell’s head Wine Trainer among many titles builds a custom wine, beer, and cider atmosphere tasting format. $50 Per Person Includes hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, live music, an event glass (sponsored by Morgan Stanley), five wine tasting tables presented by Farrell Distributing, a Long Trail beer tasting table, a Citizen Cider tasting table, and a Belgian inspired beer tasting table! All staffed with knowledgeable professionals to answer any questions about the beverages.


Organizers Sharon Downs and Donald MacDonald met years ago by a mutual friend up at the Windjammer. Sharon had been participating in the famous wiffle ball tournament for 15 years where she says “Eight years ago, Tom, my husband, decided that our team needed to do more to raise money and asked me for ideas.  I thought about things that I liked to do… and… drinking wine was one of them. How could we raise money doing something so many people love… and the wine tasting fundraiser idea was born. In comes Donald”!


Both feel passionately about their connection to Travis since first meeting him, echoing “When we first got involved, we didn’t know Travis.  I think it goes without saying that once you meet him, you realize that he is such special person.  He motivates and inspires people and helps us to remember what truly matters in life.  I, for one, am a better person for knowing him and I am happy to call him my friend”.


Ryan Chaffin adds “Being able to attend personally over the 8 years, it is something that I would not miss. Donald and the team here at Farrell put an enormous amount of time in to this and it shows in the presentation. Also having such knowledgeable wine / beer professionals on site is great to better learn and ask questions on the beverages you are enjoying. Catching up with friends over wine, beer and cider before the crazy holiday season while knowing your money is going to Travis and the foundation feels wonderful”!


Friday, November 18th
The Essex Resort and Spa Atrium
Limited Tickets Available.

Click the link below to purchase.

ALL proceeds to benefit the Travis Roy Foundation
6:00 – 7:00 SPONSORS ONLY
7:00 – 9:00 General Admission

The evening includes hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, live music, event glass, several wine tasting tables, beer tasting table, and a hard cider tasting table.

Follow the link below to purchase your tickets today!


About The Travis Roy Foundation

The Travis Roy Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the life of individuals with spinal cord injuries and their families by providing adaptive equipment and to finding a cure through increased funding of research, resulting in self-reliance and the ability to be as independent as possible.

The Story Behind the Foundation

The Travis Roy Foundation was established in 1997 to help spinal cord injury survivors and to fund research into a cure. Inspired by Travis’ own story, the lifeblood of the Travis Roy Foundation has been the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations across North America. This generosity has made an immediate impact on the lives of many individuals.

It’s about independence.

It’s amazing how the little things in life are so precious when they are not so easy to accomplish.
When you have a spinal cord injury, it has an impact on every aspect of your life – from your emotions to your finances. Half of the money raised by the Travis Roy Foundation goes toward Quality of Life grants to purchase adaptive equipment to help paraplegics and quadriplegics live their lives.

For someone with a spinal cord injury, having the right wheelchair can mean the difference between feeling helplessly insufficient and being independent. You’re not just helping the recipient. You also relieve some of the physical and emotional strain on family and friends.

It’s about hope.

It is the wish of every paralyzed person that one day their wheelchair will no longer be needed.
The Travis Roy Foundation has awarded over two million dollars in research grants. For researchers and scientists the most important question is basic: How can an injured spinal cord be regenerated? Researchers are working tirelessly to determine how cells in the central nervous system communicate with one another, but the research is expensive and a cure is likely still years away. The more money we raise, the sooner a cure will be found.