Organizers said Monday that the first annual food and wine festival was a smashing success, taking in nearly $10,000 in profit that will be donated to local youth organizations.
Monrovia Kiwanis President Julie Gentile estimated that about 500 people attended Sunday's event, which included tastings from .
"For our first year doing the event we would have been happy covering the costs and putting on a great party, knowing that it would build momentum and be even bigger next year," Gentile wrote in an email. "Happily we did better than cover costs, and when the final accounting is done we think we will have raised close to $10,000 for youth programs in our community."
Gentile said Kiwanis will be presenting a check to the within the next few weeks.