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Gabilan Chapter Kinship Center Celebrates 62nd Wine & Food Tasting

Fundraiser supports scholarships to college-bound foster and adopted youth.

This article was contributed by Christine Breen with Gabilan Chapter Kinship Center.

Gabilan Chapter Kinship Center is pleased to announce its scholarship recipients for 2018 and its upcoming food and wine tasting fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 8.

The recipients are:

  • Toni Rodriguez-Sanchez, who will attend Fresno State
  • Nina Jorgensen, who will attend U.C. Davis
  • Rolando Pablo Lorenzo, who will attend Gavilan College
  •  Erica Leung, a past recipient who is a senior at University of Oregon

 Each of these students has demonstrated academic excellence, community involvement, leadership and integrity. Each of them is also a foster or adopted youth from San Benito County. This is the most amount of scholarships that Gabilan Chapter Kinship Center has ever awarded in a single year, and each recipient is exemplary.

The scholarships are funded in part through the annual Gabilan Chapter Kinship Center Wine and Food Tasting Event, coming up this weekend on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Paicines Ranch. In its 62nd year, it is the oldest wine tasting event in California. This year will feature 30 local restaurants, 30 regional wineries, a live and silent auction and a wine raffle.

Tickets are available at Postal Graphics and San Benito Bene for $70, or online at




Christine O. Breen opened Breen Law Firm in October 2013, where she represents companies and individuals in the areas of employment, trusts and estates, real property, and business transactions. Her clients hail primarily from San Benito, Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara Counties. Ms. Breen currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Kinship Center, Gabilan Chapter, the Asset Development Committee of the Community Foundation of San Benito County, and Sacred Heart Parish School PASS Board. She is also a past member of the Free Lance Newspaper’s Editorial Board, the Central Coast Human Resources Association, and the Santa Clara County Bar Association’s Judiciary Committee, and the CASA Advisory Board of San Benito County. Ms. Breen is a member of the San Benito, Monterey, and Santa Clara County Bar Associations. She and her husband, Paul, reside in Hollister with their two sons, Thomas and James.