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On the vine


Lend a hand by raising a glass in support of affordable prosthetics.

Sarah Lobban July 11th, 2012

Branching Out Winery Tour
11 a.m. Saturday
Limbs for Life Foundation
limbsforlife.org/events/winerytour
605-5462
$100-$175

We’re not asking for much … just an arm and a leg!

So goes the slogan of Limbs for Life Foundation, an Oklahoma City-based nonprofit that supplies prosthetics to amputees who could not otherwise afford them.

Similar nonprofits offer prosthetic assistance to specific groups, but Limbs for Life — by working with prosthetic clinics, manufacturers and vendors — is able to help a wide range of amputees.

“It’s a collaborative effort,” said Pat Timmons, director of development. “I think we’re the only [organization] in the United States that does what we do.”

The foundation’s newest fundraising event asks donors to lean back, relax and enjoy a glass of wine. At the Branching Out Winery Tour, guests will be treated to a look at four Oklahoma vineyards, complete with wine tastings and lunch.

The event begins at the Limbs for Life headquarters, where participants will board a tour bus to ferry them to the first destination, Tres Suenos Vineyard & Winery in Luther. Wine tasting and a catered lunch will be provided.

At the second vineyard, Stable Ridge in Stroud, guests will have the chance to sample more wine and listen to Oklahoma musician Bruce Knoch.

The tour bus will visit two more vineyards for wine tasting: Territory Cellars of Stroud and Tidal School Vineyards in Drumright, before returning to Oklahoma City.

Timmons first came up with the idea for a wine-tasting event while researching wineries in Oklahoma. Surprised by how many there were, she embarked to incorporate them into a Limbs for Life fundraiser.

“I wanted to do something to involve Oklahoma City, but I didn’t want to do what everybody else was doing,” she said. “I thought it would be fun to tour some of [the wineries].”

In addition to contributing to Limbs for Life’s cause, the tour will give people the chance to experience a thriving niche in the state’s agricultural industry.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward providing prosthetic limbs for amputees. An abovethe-knee prosthesis costs around $16,500. Below-the-knee prostheses are less expensive, but still cost thousands of dollars.

Since 1995, Limbs for Life has provided more than 7,700 people worldwide with reduced-cost prosthetics and financial support.

 
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