Lite Rock 97.3 Raises $12,500 for United Way of Tompkins County

ITHACA, NY — Wine and Dine 2024 was a great success! For 13 hours Dave Ashton and Jen Mattison of Lite Rock 97.3 hosted the Wine & Dine Radiothon live, and 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 amount raised of, $12,500!

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.

Allison Hartman, Director of Communications & Engagement, “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 11 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!”

“I am always overwhelmed (and humbled) by the generous support of our listeners and they stepped up to the plate once again this year. Thanks to EVERYONE who helped make ‘Wine and Dine 2024’ HUGE!” said Dave Ashton from Lite Rock 97.3

“I couldn’t be prouder of Dave, Jen, and our entire team. We’re fortunate to have incredible listeners who support various causes and local business clients that consistently go above and beyond, serving as true leaders in our region. 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 & Sheperdess Cellers, Dashers & Owasco Lake Brewing, South Hil Cider & Dolce Delight, Wagner Vineyards & Italian Carry Out, Wagner Valley Brewing & Gola, Ithaca Beer & Ithaca Beer Taproom, Lakewood Vineyards & Souvlaki House, Hosmer Winery & Inn at Taughannock, Six Mile Creek & Texas Roadhouse, Treleaven Wines & The Boatyard Grill, Buttonwood & Ciao, Mcgraw Box Brewing & Carvers Steakhouse, Hazlitt & the Stand.