An Absolute Success': Wine pull attendees fill coffers, have fun

TThe second annual Main Street Wetumpka Wine Pull

By David Granger

By David Granger - The Wetumpka Herald

The second annual Main Street Wetumpka Wine Pull, the volunteer organization’s chief fundraiser, saw a capacity crowd of approximately 255 supporters of the group’s efforts fill the Penthouse Suite of the Wind Creek Hotel and Casino, enjoying catered foods, listening to soft jazz and seeing what’s next to come for the organization aimed at revitalizing downtown.

“It was an absolute success,” said Jenny Stubbs, Main Street Wetumpka’s executive director. “Our inaugural year was fantastic, but this year’s event was even better. Of course, all of it would not be possible without the support and generosity of Wind Creek Wetumpka and our four additional sponsors: First Community Bank of Central Alabama, who sponsored etched wine glasses for all the attendees to take home; Belyn Richardson and ReMax Cornerstone Realty, who sponsored our wine bags; Jackson Thornton sponsored the media room; and B&B’s Health Boutique, who sponsored our music for the evening.

“And we are grateful for the support of the community in buying tickets and being present at the event. Because Main Street Wetumpka is a volunteer-driven, independent organization, nothing gets done without the involvement and support of the people in our community. Main Street is the community’s organization, and we are well on our way to revitalization. The energy and momentum was easily felt at the event.

Stubbs said the money raised through the wine pull is essential to the success of Main Street Wetumpka’s efforts at downtown Wetumpka’s revitalization.

“That’s what really makes the success of the event so paramount,” said Stubbs. “As you can imagine, revitalizing a downtown that’s been deteriorating for decades takes a remarkable amount of time and resources. This fundraiser helps catapult us forward in our mission.”

Some of the projects that were previewed at the wine pull include the first Coosapalooza Brewfest set for July 21 and the completion of the group’s alley project.

“The Coosapalooza Brewfest will be an exciting, family-friendly event with many different activities and music in the historic business district of downtown,” said Stubbs. “We will be featuring local dining establishments. For the adults, there will be dozens of Alabama-based breweries on site to sample from. We love to support local, and this event will bring some Alabama-made products into downtown, in collaboration with what existing downtown businesses already have to offer.

“The alley project has been part of our design committee. We want to especially thank design committee volunteer and architect Anna Powers, who we are working with to complete the alley cultivation plan moving forward. This is a very important project, because not only does it serve as an educational and inspirational tool for the community, it will also bring some greenery into downtown and be a communal space for residents and visitors. This way, people can linger longer, right in the middle of downtown.”

Stubbs said Main Street Wetumpka’s economic vitality committee is still working on a branding presentation to the public.

Meanwhile on Friday evening, Main Street’s supporters enjoyed an event filled with tasty treats including oysters and champagne, “ham and peas,” deconstructed strawberry shortcake and cupcakes – all paired with an appropriate wine and unmatched views of the Coosa River.

“It was a great time,” Stubbs said. “I think everyone enjoyed themselves.

About Wind Creek Hospitality

Wind Creek Hospitality is an authority of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Wind Creek Hospitality manages the Tribe’s gaming facilities including: Wind Creek Atmore, Wind Creek Wetumpka, Wind Creek Montgomery, Wa She Shu Casino in Nevada, Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino as well as racetracks in Alabama and Florida. 

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is the only federally recognized Indian Tribe in the state of Alabama, operating as a sovereign nation with its own system of government and bylaws. The Tribe operates a variety of economic enterprises, which employ hundreds of area residents. 

For more information, visit:


Wind Creek Hospitality
WCH Public Relations
(251) 446-4293

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David Granger