PROSSER - The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center board of directors announced earlier this week the center has received a gift of $500,000 from a Yakima family in support of the Clore Center's capital campaign and its long term vision and mission.
Yakima businessman Al DeAtley and his wife Patti made the $500,000 donation to the Clore Center, explaining it is their way of giving back to the community and furthering business development in Eastern Washington.
"The future of Washington's culinary and wine tourism is very bright," DeAtley said. "Patti and I subscribe to the belief that a rising tide lifts all ships, and that all of Washington's wine country will benefit from increased international awareness of Washington's world-class food and wine products."
The gift brings the total private financial support to over $1.9 million. According to a press release issued by the center, the centrally located landmark destination will promote farm to table 'agri-tourism' by actively engaging visitors to learn, to experience and to appreciate the quality and diversity of Washington state's food and wine products.
"We want to support the many other members of our extended community who are searching for ways to keep the best and brightest of our youth in our community so that they don't have to seek rewarding jobs elsewhere," DeAtley added. "By stimulating the growth of the culinary and wine industries, and by extending economic and aesthetic development in the entire area, the Clore Center will be a dynamic addition to this cause."
The center will be located on 22 acres adjacent to the Yakima River in Prosser. The city of Prosser was chosen because of its location in the center of Washington's wine grape growing region and its distinction as the home of the largest irrigated agricultural research center in the U.S. In 1934, Dr. Walter Clore began the research on Washington's wine grape industry in Prosser.
The 17,537 sq. ft. facility will incorporate the principles of sustainable design and respect its Eastern Washington agricultural surroundings, complementing both its river front site and surrounding vineyards and gardens.
Included at the facility will be an expansive lobby and information area for welcoming visitors and holding events and functions, a flexible orientation theater for lectures and demonstrations, a state of the art professional outfitted demonstration kitchen, working vineyards and gardens for self-guided tours, a wine bar/tasting lounge for presentation of Washington wines and more.
Construction on the center is scheduled to begin later this summer and the center should open by spring of 2008.
For more information about the Clore Center, call 509-786-1000 or visit the center's website at www.walterclore.com