Lite Rock 97.3 Ithaca raises over $13,000 for United Way

ITHACA, NY — Wine and Dine 2023 was a great success! For 13 hours Dave Ashton and Jen Mattison of Lite Rock 97.3 hosted the Wine & Dine Radiothon live on air where they auctioned a different restaurant and wine or beer pairing every hour to listeners with the highest bid. All the proceeds went directly to the United Way of Tompkins County. Each restaurant donated a $200 gift-certificate and each winery donated a case of wine or craft beer. This year’s event finished with an am

ount raised of, $13,170.

Raising money for the United Way of Tompkins County was only part of this event. Throughout the

Wine & Dine Radiothon we were able to give local leaders the ability to talk about the efforts of the United Way and their funded partners. The ability to raise awareness to the individual and businesses is equally important.

Gregg Houck, Director of Community Impact, “I continue to be blown away by the generosity of our community. Thank you so much to Cayuga Radio Group for hosting Wine and Dine for the past 10 years! To all of the restaurants, wineries, cideries, and breweries that crafted great packages, thank you for donating your amazing services and products. I also want to thank all of the folks that bid and bought song dedications. Your support today is empowering many people’s tomorrows!”

“What an amazing day! We’re always blown away by the support of our Radiothon by the community…it truly is awesome! Thanks to Jen, Alex and all of the United Way workers behind the scenes to help us help our neighbors in need…WTG!!!”

“I am so very proud of Dave and Jen here at Lite Rock 97.3 and the whole Cayuga Radio Team. They understand how important the role is that we all play in shaping and improving our community. We are fortunate to have wonderful listeners that support causes and business clients that go “over and above” and act as true leaders in our region. And we proudly support our local United Way. They are true stewards of these valued donations and know how to make those donations help the most needy in our area.” Said Chet Osadchey, President and General Manager.

This year’s Wine and Dine Radiothon had the following pairings: 10/10 BBQ & McGraw Box Brewing Co, Inc., The Bistro at La Tourelle & South Hill Cider, Dasher’s Corner Pub & Americana Vineyards, Dolce Delight & Wagner Vineyards, Little Venice & Wagner Valley Brewing Company, Ithaca Beer co. Taproom & Ithaca Beer Co. Gola Osteria & Hosmer Winery, Inn at Taughannock Falls & Lakewood Vineyards, Texas Roadhouse & Six Mile Creek Vineyard, Carvers Steakhouse & Treleaven Winery, Coltivare & Buttonwood Grove Winery, Souvlaki House &Homer Hops Brewery, Kilpatrick’s Publick House & Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards.