Stack the Rack wine-tasting event to raise funds for Vancouver-based LGBT resource centre Qmunity

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      It's that time of the year to raise a glass to B.C.'s queer resource centre.

      If you're unfamiliar with Qmunity, the Vancouver-based LGBT non-profit organization offers free counselling and one-on-one peer support; provides gender-affirming chestwear; runs numerous support and social groups; provides workshops, educational resources, and consulting services; and more. For more information, visit their website.

      Qmunity is holding its 8th annual wine-tasting fundraiser Stack the Rack this weekend.

      This year's evening, to be hosted by drag queen Karmella Barr, will be held at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews) on Saturday (October 13) from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

      The wine list, drawn from wineries from Vancouver and across British Columbia, will include Massey Wines, the Liberty Distillery, Giant Head Estate Winery, Keep It Simple (KIS) Consultancy, Evolve Cellars, Cayonview Vineyard, and E&J Gallo Winery.

      Canapés, provided by the Lazy Gourmet, will include a range of vegetarian bites such as wild mushroom and white bean crostinis with truffle caviar, inari-wrapped togarashi zucchini frites, and jalapeno popper grilled-cheese sandwiches.  

      The event will include a live and silent auction (conducted by Karmella Barr), with items spanning the range from yacht tours to custom-made furniture to tickets to performing arts shows.

      Meanwhile, live jazz music will be performed by PK3 Jazz Trio.

      ASL interpreters will also be available.

      Tickets are $150 (plus fees) and are available online. For additional information, visit the event Facebook webpage.

      In May 2017, the City of Vancouver announced that new premises for the organization has finally been secured for Qmunity at the corner of Burrard and Davie streets, after a decades-long search for a new location due to the current aging and limited facilities it is currently housed in at 1170 Bute Street.