Community is literally the Idyllwild Community Fund’s middle name. In 1995, a local couple anonymously established ICF to better the quality of life of mountain-top residents. Their dream was to establish and grow a fund to financially assist the important work of many local nonprofits. Because of their dream, ICF is able to answer more than $15,000 a year in grant requests.
The fifth-annual Wine in the Pines will feature live music by Sandii Castleberry, wine, beer, silent and live auctions, drawings and fun, all in an outdoor setting.
Money raised through the silent auction and raffle enables ICF to fund the Idyllwild School Youth Grantmakers program. Now entering its seventh year, the program teaches Idyllwild Middle School students, sixth through eighth grade, about philanthropy, the benefits of giving and enhancing their community.
Participating students volunteer their time in two-hour, afterschool training sessions and perform community service. At the end of their training, they are tasked to review grants and award money to local nonprofits for projects that benefit teens.
Wine in the Pines is from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the Rainbow Inn. Admission is free for guests over age 21.