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Barsha to Host 'A Taste for Education'

Apr 19, 2016 12:33PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Looking for a great way to give back? "A Taste For Education," a fundraiser for two educational nonprofits, will hold its popular annual wine tasting event at Barsha Wines and Spirits on Thursday, April 21, from 6 to 9 p.m.

"A Taste for Education" benefits the Learning Rights Law Center, a legal services nonprofit for children's education, and Minds Matter, which helps high-achieving students from low-income families reach college.

The event first came together four years ago when event organizers and Manhattan Beach residents Leanne Huebner and Tina Steck were looking for a location to hold a joint South Bay fundraiser for their educational nonprofits.

“We found that our neighbors and friends wanted to support our work, but preferred to come out to an event closer to home,” explained Huebner, the event’s co-chair and co-founder of Minds Matter.  “Both of us host events downtown and on the Westside, but we really wanted to have an event in the South Bay to draw a new group of supporters.”

They just happened to be asking around at a time when Barsha owner Adnen Marouani and his wife Lenora, a South Bay native, were looking for ways to give back to the community themselves.

"Let's push back the wine shelves and make it happen," is how Marouani responded when first approached by Huebner and Steck. Barsha has since become a popular local venue for fundraisers and intimate gatherings.

This year’s "Taste" event will feature about 30 small production wines, gourmet nibbles, an art sale and a silent auction. “We encourage the greater Manhattan Beach community to join us for this special night and enjoy this fun event,” said Steck, event co-chair and board chair of Learning Rights Law Center.   

Event sponsors include the Hope So Bright Foundation, Chevron Corporation, Burham Benefits and Lockton Insurance. Tickets for $100/each are available at; a limited amount of tickets will be available at the door on the night of the event.

Minds Matter, now in its 25th year of operation, is an award winning nationwide mentoring program that assists motivated low-income youth achieve college success through increased academics, SAT prep and mentoring. Learning Rights Law Center is a legal services nonprofit that advocates for the rights of students who have disabilities, face discrimination or are involved in the foster care of juvenile justice systems. It is now in its tenth year of serving Southern California's low income school children.

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