On Friday, June 21 at the NCBA Annual Meeting at Biltmore in Asheville, the North Carolina Bar Foundation hosted an invitation-only wine and chocolate tasting followed by a falconry demonstration to thank members of the Platt D. Walker Society (individuals who name the Foundation as a beneficiary of a planned gift) and Foundation leadership annual donors (individuals who contribute $1,000, or more, annually). The event was held on the Belvedere Terrace at the Inn on Biltmore Estate and photos from the event are posted on the NCBF Facebook page.

The Biltmore Winery staff delighted guests with the secrets to why chocolate and red wine could rival  Bonnie and Clyde as partners in crime! Featured chocolates were locally produced from French Broad Chocolate and Chocolate Gems. While enjoying the sweeping views of the estate from the Terrace, guests were guided through the tasting experience and learned more about wine production at the most visited winery in the country. Following the tasting, guests were treated to a private lecture about the ancient art of falconry from a professional falconer who introduced everyone to his majestic birds of prey. All guests were invited to interact with the birds including “pushing” the birds into flight and feeding them upon return.

Long time bar member and Foundation supporter, Jim Morgan of High Point shared, “This was the best Bar event I have ever attended!”

The Foundation was honored to have the opportunity to thank these individuals whose generous support makes our pro bono and public service programs possible. “It was a treat to join fellow supporters of the Foundation for a truly unique afternoon at the Biltmore. I was reminded that my support is a tangible way for me to ‘pay it forward’ and allow the Foundation to serve North Carolinians in ways only lawyers can. Next year, I hope to see even more members of our Association take part in this wonderful event,” shared 2018-19 NCBA/NCBF President Jacqueline D. Grant.

If you would like to learn more about supporting the Foundation as a new member of the Platt D. Walker Society or as a leadership level annual fund donor, please contact Tom Hull or Louise Harris.