TEXARKANA, Texas -- The Alzheimer's Alliance Tri-State Area hit its fundraising mark with the Twice As Fine Wine Festival.
"We're estimating about 15,000 people came this year," executive director Terrie Arnold said Thursday about the May 7 event at Spring Lake Park. "This was our seventh year, and every year it has grown."
According to Arnold, the event netted close to $275,000 -- this year's fundraising goal, the executive director said in an earlier Gazette interview.
"One hundred percent of proceeds remain here in our community to provide resources, education, support and respite care for families in our community dealing with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia," Arnold said.
The festival was divided into four sections -- live music, food trucks, merchants and artisans -- spread across a lawn. The wine garden was in a baseball field.
Arnold said the Alliance already is preparing for an eighth wine festival.
"We're just looking for that just-right slogan to go with it. We want it to be fun."
Arnold said the festival has a legacy of helping the community.
"The wonderful merchants and eateries, the music throughout the day, and the generosity of our community is, I think, what makes it all special for me."