whcuwineOn Friday, March 3rd from 6AM-6PM WHCU Morning Newswatch host Lee Rayburn once again took over the radio station and offered a different restaurant and wine pairing every hour to listeners with the highest bid. All the proceeds went directly to the United Way of Tompkins County. Each restaurant had donated a $200 gift certificate and each winery donated a case of wine or craft beer. The auction raised $5,030.00 and has raised over $16,000.00 in the past three years. Lee Rayburn, "I am humbled and grateful for the generosity of WHCU's listeners. I am overwhelmed by the support that our local businesses give to the United Way's efforts. I am overjoyed by the difference that the United Way makes through its affiliate organizations and their daily work in creating a quality of life in our community that is clearly second to none."

Throughout the Wine & Dine Radiothon, Lee had local leaders talk about the impact the United Way has on individuals and families in Tompkins County. The proceeds will go to the United Way's efforts to help people meet their immediate, basic needs while empowering lasting change by strengthening the three building blocks for a good life: education, income, and health. wineanddine2017leeandjoeCayuga Radio Group's GM/VP Chet Osadchey, "The United Way of Tompkins County plays a critical role that positively impacts all people in our community. Friday's event raised awareness to individuals and companies to remind them to donate financially to the United Way. We can all make a difference."

Wine & Dine Radiothon packages included the following pairings: CTB/Ithaca Bakery & Lucas Vineyards, Veraisons Restaurant at Glenora & Seneca Lake Wine Trail, Crystal Lake Café at Americana Winery & Americana Vineyards & Winery, Taverna Banfi & Wagner Vineyards, red's place & Wagner Valley Brewery, Gola Osteria & Stonewall Wine & Spirits, Agava Restaurant & King Ferry Winery, Zaza's Cucina & Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, The Antlers Restaurant & Buttonwood Grove Winery, Coltivare & Heron Hill Winery, Stella's Barn & Lakewood Vineyards and Joe's Restaurant & Six Mile Creek Vineyard.