whcuwineOn Friday, March 3rd , from 6AM-6PM, News Talk WHCU’s Lee Rayburn will host the third annual Wine & Dine Radiothon to benefit the United Way of Tompkins County.

Listeners will have the opportunity to call in every hour to bid on packages that includes a $200 gift certificate to a local restaurant, as well as a case of wine or craft beer from world-renowned wineries and breweries in the Finger Lakes. The radiothon in the past two years has raised over $10,000.00 for the United Way of Tompkins County.

In this year’s radiothon, Rayburn, host of the Morning Newswatch, weekdays from 5:30-9AM on WHCU, will also speak with local leaders about the impact the United Way has on individuals and families in Tompkins County. All proceeds from the 12-hour radiothon will go to the United Way’s efforts to help people meet their immediate, basic needs while empowering lasting change by strengthening the three building blocks for a good life: education, income, and health.

Cayuga Radio Group’s GM/VP Chet Osadchey, "The Wine and Dine day is an opportunity for us to pair our world famous wines with our fantastic local restaurants in a manner that gives back to the community. Our United Way helps so many people- and Lee does a great job sharing with our listening audience the importance of their work in Tompkins County."

Wine & Dine Radiothon packages include the following pairings: CTB/Ithaca Bakery and Lucas Vineyards, The Crystal Lake Café & Americana Vineyards & Winery, The Antlers Restaurant & Buttonwood Grove Winery, Agava Restaurant & King Ferry Winery, red’s place & Wagner Valley Brewery, Gola Osteria and Stonewall Wine & Spirits, Taverna Banfi & Wagner Vineyards, Veraisons Restaurant at Glenora & Seneca Lake Wine Trail, Zaza’s Cucina & Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, Coltivare & Heron Hill Winery, Stella’s Barn & Lakewood Vineyards and Joe’s Restaurant & Six Mile Creek Vineyard.