Raise Donations as a Chapter

The Boulder Chapter, raising their glasses.

It's always more fun to raise a glass while raising money for a good cause and any amount helps! Check out our "Chapter Fundraising Ideas" for fun, easy ways to enjoy doing what you love while supporting a good cause. Does your chapter already have a great way to raise funds for the AWSEF?  Tell us about it at vpscholarships@awsef.org. The AWSEF would love to feature your chapters fundraising event in our "News" section and share your great ideas!




Walter Rachele                      

AWSEF Treasurer

PO Box 264

Lovettsville, VA 20180 

(443) 280-2319

Email: treasurer@awsef.org


Kristen Lindelow

AWSEF President

2120 Belle Grove Dr SW

Huntsville, AL  35802

(256) 424-3667 
Email: president@awsef.org


2023 Silent Auction

Our annual Silent Auction held on Friday during the AWS Conference is our single largest fundraiser and we need your donations to make it a success!  If you are attending the Conference, you can bring your donations to us on Thursday, to the AWSEF tables in the Exhibitor's area at the hotel.  If you are mailing your donation, we will have a mailing address by September and will notify you.  Please complete and return your donation form as soon as possible.  The form is HERE and, once you complete it, forward it to denisegrinerawsef@gmail.com

Thank you!

AWSEF Award of Merit


The criteria for the Award of Merit is a consistent record of valuable service to the American Wine Society Educational Foundation (AWSEF).  Candidates for this award may be those who have distinguished themselves through consistent and significant contributions (either personal or through organizations such as American Wine Society (AWS) chapters and regions) to AWSEF, or participation as a Trustee, or both.

Alternatively, contributions may include substantial and meritorious achievement in at least one phase of wine education, such as viticulture, enology, education, marketing or journalism.  For each nominee, consideration should be given to his or her actual accomplishments in comparison with others in the same field, and their impact on improving the quality of wine through educational efforts.  Consideration may be given to the sum total of the accomplishments over a period of time.  A sensational achievement in one or two years may be outweighed by a long sustained record of valuable service with widespread impact.

The AWSEF Award of Merit has been awarded  since 2011.  For a complete list of awardees, click HERE. 


Fruit Wine Award

The fruit wine award recognizes both the American Wine Society (AWS) amateur wine contest Best of Show winner for the fruit wine category and our own Les Sperling, who during his distinguished AWS/AWSEF membership won countless Best of Show Amateur Fruit Wine awards and was a charter member of the AWSEF. This award is unique to AWSEF and is designed to highlight the Foundation’s citizenship in the greater AWS community.

2022 - Luke Capotosto, Cranston, RI for his NV Raspberry/Strawberry wine

2021 - Mike Athanas of Hyde Park, NY for his 2020 Raspberry Ambrosia wine

2020 - Donnie and Betty Nettles for their 2019 Lime wine

2019 - Marion L. Krauss

2018 - Luke Capotosto

2017 - Marion L. Krauss

2016 - Robert P. Szaro

2015 - Dean Dietrick

2014 - Terry Britton  

Charitable Giving Options

Any time of year, especially at year's end, there are personal income tax planning issues that can be considered. Among these is the opportunity to gift appreciated assets (e.g., stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate) to qualifying organizations, such as the American Wine Society Educational Foundation. Such gifts are normally tax deductible to the donor at full market value.

The AWSEF has three fund types established to support both operation of the Board of Trustees and to provide scholarships. These funds are;

  • the General Fund that supports Board operation,
  • the Endowment Fund that provides Foundation scholarships into perpetuity, and
  • Special Scholarship Funds that bear the name of an individual, group or corporation.

As a tax-qualified 501(c)(3) organization, the AWSEF welcomes charitable gifts. Contributions should be tax deductible but to be sure please check with a tax advisor.  Our Donor Contribution form is here.

The AWSEF requests that those who are considering year-end charitable gifts remember AWSEF in their planning. Please contact your personal financial advisor or one of the AWSEF Trustees named below for additional information.