The Long Beach Grand Cru
The Long Beach Grand Cru Wine Competition and Awards & Tasting is a two-part fundraising benefit — a wine competition and a public tasting following the judging.
California and international wineries compete in their varietal categories. (Please visit our entries page to view the medal winners list). The public wine tasting, held separately, allows oenophiles to enjoy the medal-winning wines. The public wine tasting and culinary event attracts 1,200 guests annually. These companion events were conceived to both increase awareness and raise much-needed funds to support LAFLA’s legal services and education programs. The Long Beach Grand Cru Competition has made its mark as one of the premier wine competitions in the United States.
The Benefiting Organization:
The Long Beach Grand Cru is an international wine competition and public food and wine tasting first held in 1995. It was created by the Long Beach office of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA). The Competition and Public Awards & Tasting were conceived to increase awareness and raise funds to support LAFLA’s legal services and education programs to poor and low income people struggling to gain self-sufficiency. LAFLA has been our community’s frontline law firm for low-income people for 85 years. Each day, staff at LAFLA’s five neighborhood offices, three courthouse domestic violence clinics, four courthouse Self-Help Legal Access Centers, and numerous off-site clinics and workshops provide free legal services to those seeking help with problems either caused or made worse by poverty. Last year, LAFLA’s poverty law experts, aided by a network of dedicated supporters and volunteers, provided legal assistance to more than 12,000 individuals and families, and provided important legal information and education to over 70,000 others, helping them escape domestic violence, avoid homelessness, obtain food and health care for themselves and their children, and defend their employment and consumer rights.
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The 2015 Long Beach Grand Cru will raise funds to benefit LAFLA’s Greater Long Beach Community Medical Legal Partnership (GLBCMLP). The GLBCMLP is a collaboration between LAFLA and The Children’s Clinic in Long Beach, a community health center for the medically-underserved, low-income community. The partnership fosters family safety, stability, and positive health outcomes for adult and child survivors of domestic violence through coordinated medical, legal, and social services. This collaborative approach, combining the skills of attorneys, medical professionals, and social workers, allows the GLBCMLP to provide a holistic response to the complex needs of survivors of domestic violence and of low-income patients. Read more about the GLBCMLP here.