Hundreds step up for Autumn Elegance fundraiser

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About 500 guests to the 28th annual Autumn Elegance fundraiser are greeted with a personal charcuterie plate at the Soboba Casino Resort Event Center, Nov. 6. Valley News/Diane A. Rhodes photo
While attendees of the 28th annual Autumn Elegance fundraiser came for the wine and food tasting experience, they also showed up to support the community. All proceeds will benefit the philanthropic efforts of the Hemet-San Jacinto Exchange Club and the Friends of Valley-Wide Foundation. About 500 hungry guests started arriving before the 6 p.m. start time, mingling with friends and colleagues before having access to about 15 food stops offering a wide array of samples. The event is also a way for local eateries and breweries to share some signature items to bring awareness to their local businesses. Held at the Soboba Casino Resort Event Center, the semi-formal event for those 21 and up attracted a lot of regulars but also some newcomers who were greeted with a program, sampler plat
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