In 2018, co-owners and husband-and-wife team Tim Gamble and Teresa Spellman Gamble purchased Woodinville’s William Church and Cuillin Hills wineries, forming the umbrella brand Tinte Cellars. They also developed a unique giving program that supports four nonprofit organizations. 

Through the program, 5 percent of all Tinte Cellars non-club retail sales and 10 percent of all wine club sales are split equally between Mary’s Place, ArtsFund, Northwest Harvest and Child Mind Institute. For the first six months of 2019, Tinte Cellars’ donations totaled more than $35,400. The impact was immediately felt: Mary’s Place’s portion helped to move six homeless families into permanent housing. 

In addition to donations from sales, Tinte Cellars is supporting the community through a broad array of programs and initiatives, such as in-kind donations and sponsorships, an employee-matching program, and an employee volunteer program. The brand also makes an annual donation (valued at $150 each) to wine club members’ charities of their choosing and sells works and goods from local artists, artisans and business partners in their tasting rooms, with a portion (10 percent) of every sale being donated to a nonprofit. Tinte Cellars’ plans include a Seattle-area tasting room and event space for businesses and nonprofits.

Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.  

 

Freelancing has become a new ball game since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as many companies cannot afford to keep full-time positions, but still need those tasks completed. Although many more professionals have had to join the freelancing community since March, Tracy Judge had the passion for the freelancing community two years ago–long before the pandemic hit–and founded her company Soundings Connect in order to directly connect meetings and events industry freelancers with customers. 

 

Located in Oregon’s wine country, The Allison Inn and Spa is offering some new team-building options for meeting planners. Experiences include:

» Smith Teas Tasting: Claire Boyer, Smith Teamaker’s head of education, offers a hands-on class uncovering the exotic world of tea.

» Lotion Blending: Awaken the senses and heighten creativity with a hands-on lotion and essential oil-blending workshop.