December 14, 2010 | by Lisa Mattson
We witnessed many firsts here at Jordan last Friday night: first tasting reception in our stainless-steel tank room, first seated dinner staged between our towering oak casks and even our first comedian performance. And each of these fun, new experiences helped support a great cause named A Child’s Right.
Benefiting clean drinking water for children in Nepal, the Mutineer Blue Carpet Fundraiser Dinner was hosted by John Jordan and kicked off the inaugural Mutineer Comedy Festival. Special guests included actor Jonathan Goldsmith—well-known for his portrayal of “The World’s Most Interesting Man” in Dos Equis ads; actress Candace Cameron Bure and her husband, former pro hockey player turned vintner Valeri Bure; and comedians Natasha Leggero of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”; Hal Sparks, who regularly appears on VH1; Ben Gleib, often seen on “Chelsea Lately”; Ben Morrison of “Punk’d”, Daryl Wright; The Greg Wilson; and “Smooth-E” Eric Schwartz, to name a few.
The festive evening included a lavish reception in our fermentation room, where we recorded some funny video interviews with the comedians. Mutineer photographer Ian Andreae also snapped photos of guests on the “blue” carpet. In our oak tank room, guests enjoyed a three-course dinner by our chef paired with Jordan wines, along with impromptu performances by our guest comedians. The evening was a catalyst for Mutineer’s 2011 trek to Nepal to install five water filtration systems on behalf of A Child’s Right. The systems will provide clean drinking water to 25,000 at-risk children for ten years.
It’s hard to believe that wine, food and laughter could bring us together to reflect on the terrible health risks these children endure without clean drinking water in their schools. The Most Interesting Man in the World said it best in his announcement.
Pictures are also posted on our Facebook page.