A primary service provider for Delaware County senior citizens this week will hold an annual wine tasting to help ensure the success of future facilities and operational levies.

A primary service provider for Delaware County senior citizens this week will hold an annual wine tasting to help ensure the success of future facilities and operational levies.

The Delaware County Council for Older Adults' Committee to Save Senior Services on Sept. 4 will host its 10th annual wine tasting at Glenross Golf Club, 231 Club House Drive, Delaware.

The event, to take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m., will have a California flavor. Organizers plan to offer wines from the "Golden State," and décor will tie in with the "A Night in Napa" theme.

The goal is to raise funds for future COA levies, which allow the agency to upgrade facilities, cover operational expenses and offer services to Delaware County residents aged 60 and older.

"It started as kind of a small, little wine tasting, but it just grew and grew and grew," said Donna Meyer, COA outreach manager. "Because of the wine tasting and the funds it brings in, we're able to plan our levy campaigns well in advance, and it's just a fun event for the community."

Thanks largely to past wine tastings, which annually attracted about 300 people, the COA this month was able to purchase campaign materials and fund a special election for a five-year, 0.9-mill operations levy.

About 75 percent of Delaware County voters, in turn, supported the initiative. It will enable the COA to maintain and expand in-home services to county seniors for the next five years.

Meyer said the Committee to Save Senior Services hopes to build on the success of previous wine tastings this year. The evening will include hors d'oeuvres, silent and live auctions, background music provided by guitarist Jeff McCargish and, of course, wines and beers.

"Last year had a tropical theme," she said. "This year will be more upscale, a little more formal, but not stuffy.

"It's really a good time. It's a fun event and a great venue. It's really a great way to end the summer."

Meyer noted a number of nonalcoholic beverages will be offered, and local comedian Jeff Robinson will provide entertainment. A putting contest will be held on the Glenross course, which neighbors the COA's year-old facility at 800 Cheshire Road.

Tickets for the event are $30 per person and may be purchased this week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the COA, or by calling the COA at (740) 363-6677 or (800) 994-2255. They also will be available at the Glenross Golf Club the night of the event.

Tickets also can be purchased at the law offices of Manos, Martin, Pergram & Dietz, 50 N. Sandusky St., Delaware, or online at www.growingolder.org.