Editor's Note: Thank you for your support!

I just wanted to offer my thanks to everyone who turned out for our Friday Night Flights fundraiser at Angela’s Bistro & Bar, and also to the folks at Angela’s and at Mercy Wines, who donated their wonderful wines to our first-ever fundraising event.

The fundraiser is a weekly event started by Angela’s co-owner Saboor Zafari to raise awareness and money for local nonprofits, and it’s co-sponsored by a different winery every week (the schedule is here). Mercy is a locally owned winery, and they’ve got tastings by appointment at Angela’s (more on that here).

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Thanks, as always, for your support … and keep an eye on this space for some new reporting features we’ll be rolling out over the next several weeks and the full, non-beta version of the site, which is coming May 28.