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Hop on over to D’Vine Wine’s Leap Year Party Feb. 29

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Feb. 29 only comes once every four years, so why not spend that extra day this month partying with D’Vine Wine?

For the first time ever, D’Vine Wine is hosting a Sip and Support Leap Year Party from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 29, with 20% of all proceeds benefiting Rancho Brazos Community Centers (RBCC).

“Once every four years? You can’t beat that,” Jamie Franco, RBCC marketing and events director, told the Hood County News. “We’re closing down the street and it looks like we’re going to have great weather. It’s going to be lots of fun.”

The event will feature live music by the Mysterious Scoundrels, light appetizers and wine, along with a wide variety of door prizes.

For just $5 a ticket — or five for $20 — attendees could win everything from a golf outing and a bottle of bourbon whiskey to an insulated wine purse.

The drawing for the door prizes will start at 7 p.m. and winners do not have to be present to win.

RBCC board member Cheshe Langford explained the event will serve as an engaging way to bring people together and will foster a sense of community while contributing to the well-being and development of the children and families that Rancho Brazos serves.

“The primary goal of our Sip and Support for Rancho Brazos Community Center is to raise crucial funds for the nonprofit, ensuring continued support for kids in the community,” Langford said.

While Franco said RBCC hasn’t officially designated where the funds from this event will be used, she explained that many of the programs — like the after-school program, Parent Cafes, STEM and Chopped — are in desperate need of funding.

“I would love to raise $6,000, but we’ll see what happens,” she said. “I’d love to have tons of people there and that way, we can make a lot more money. It’s a free event. There’s no price. Just come and go as you want and help us support Rancho.”

Pertaining to the “leap year” theme, Franco said attendees will be able to play frog-themed games, like tiddlywinks and Hungry Hungry Hippos — but with frogs instead of hippos.

“We’ll have that as something fun for people to do,” she said. “We’re actually going to have a popcorn vendor there, and I think we're also going to have some people selling items. Part of those proceeds will go to us too, so yeah, bring lawn chairs and we can sit outside and have a good time. The more people who come, the more it's going to help.”

While this event will help support many projects at RBCC, Franco said the center will also be hosting other fundraising opportunities throughout the year like Freddy’s fundraiser March 13 and the RBCC gala Oct. 24.

“Our building, we're trying to build that, so that's in the works. Hopefully that will be going up soon,” she said. “And then our pantry, we always could use stuff for our pantry, so if people want to do a food or a hygiene drive for us, that’s always welcomed.”

Langford said she is thrilled about the Leap Year Party at D’Vine Wine because it is a “fantastic opportunity to support a worthy cause and make a positive impact on children.”

“The unique concept of celebrating on a leap day adds an extra layer of fun to the event,” Langford added.

For more information or to purchase door prize tickets in advance, call Franco at 817-219-8058 or email ranchobrazostickets@gmail.com.

“We hope the community will come out and really support (this event),” Franco added. “D’Vine Wine’s really excited about doing this Leap Year Party. It's something different.”