Tomah event to raise money for clean water in Africa

Annual "Wine into Water" event proceeds build wells in Uganda

Every 19 seconds, somebody in the world dies from a lack of clean water.

To help reduce that number, the Tomah Rotary is hosting the fourth annual “Wine into Water” event later this week. Proceeds from the wine-tasting event go towards building clean-water wells and other initiatives in Uganda.

Last year’s event raised more than $35,000 and led to four new wells being built.

The event started after Tomah teenager Jesse Parker was killed in a car crash in 2009. As News 8 documented in last year’s “Tears to Water” series, Jesse’s dream was to make clean water available for anyone who needed it.

His mother says their family has been touched by the community’s generosity in making those dreams come true.

“It’s been really heartening to see our community and so many people pick up his torch and move forward and really make a difference, and it’s just been an amazing thing to witness,” said Jenny Parker. “As a mother, it’s the best legacy we could give our son.”

This year’s “Wine into Water” fundraiser will be held at the Cranberry Country Lodge in Tomah this Thursday, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m..

Tickets are $20 and can be bought ahead of time at the following locations:

Tomah Chamber of Commerce
Timberwood Bank
F&M Bank
Partnership Bank
Tomah Area Credit Union
Clifton Larson Allen, LLP
Westland Insurance
Holthaus Insurance
First Choice Realty
Nicols & Matthews
Brenengen Auto
Carlson Advisors

Tickets can also be bought at the door.

Organizers say $20 is enough to provide clean water for one person for 20 years.