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Wine for the arts

Wine tasting, live jazz, aerial acrobatics, and an auction will kick off the third annual "Taste the Arts" wine fundraiser at Clyde Iron in Duluth. Proceeds help support multiple programs benefiting hundreds of talented people from the disability...

Wine tasting, live jazz, aerial acrobatics, and an auction will kick off the third annual "Taste the Arts" wine fundraiser at Clyde Iron in Duluth. Proceeds help support multiple programs benefiting hundreds of talented people from the disability community.

"People feel better about themselves. People learn these skills that they didn't know that they had. They share with the community," said CHOICE unlimited Arts Program Coordinator Annie Roseen of Duluth.

Each year CHOICE unlimited helps an average of 175 people from the disability community develop skills to maintain jobs. The fundraiser directly benefits programs that increase the quality of life for people throughout St. Louis and Carlton Counties.

"It's extremely important. It helps us with about one fourth of our outside expenses. It pays for CHOICE job coaches," said Roseen.

Roseen says people who face challenges benefit the community.

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"The advantage to people without disabilities to be around people with disabilities is the same reason that you would have friends with a variety of outlooks in life. I don't want to be around people who look at the world the way that I do. To open it up to all sorts of ways of looking at the world, you learn about yourself, you learn about them, you learn what it means to be human. What it means to make that connection. You find those connections with people who are very different than you," said Roseen.

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