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Lafayette winery celebrates anniversary with mission to end homelessness

A local winery is using a milestone as a reason to give back to the community.

Posted: Oct. 5, 2018 4:47 AM
Updated: Oct. 5, 2018 8:14 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A local winery is using a milestone as a reason to give back to the community. For the last decade, Kathy Black and her husband Rick have been running the Wildcat Creek Winery in Lafayette.

"We're very conservative minded people and so we planned for success," said Black.

Success is exactly what they've seen as they've worked to grow their business.

"We're just kind of amazed and humbled by it," she added.

Since opening the doors in December of 2008, the award winning business has grown its selection from 4 to 13 different wines. The couple will toast to their their success by making a difference in the place that helped them get to where they are today.

"It's important in our community," Black explained. "Homelessness is on the rise and it's definitely something that needs to have support."

The winery is focusing its efforts on the Lafayette Transitional Housing Center.

"It touches my heart. I'm a retired school teacher," Black said. "So, I've seen how homeless situations can affect children."

From Dec. 7 to Dec. 13, one dollar from each bottle of wine sold will go towards ending homelessness in Greater Lafayette.

The winery is also taking donations at its cash register and employees will volunteer at the center as well.

LTHC Executive Director Jennifer Layton said it's going to make a big impact.

"We really need the help," said Layton. "We've seen an increase in the number of families and the number of children that are experiencing homelessness. So this money will go directly to helping people end their homelessness."

Black said its just another way to say thank you as they continue to grow the business.

"The community has been so supportive to us that we want to give back in a meaningful way," said Black.

Wildcat Creek Winery is also raising money by hosting its annual holiday open house.

"A Home for the Holidays" benefiting LTHC will be Thursday, Dec. 6 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Thomas Duncan Hall in Lafayette.

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