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Charity Brings Water to Africa

Peter Troilo, managing director of Nicholas Roberts Fine Wine , and his family have taken a story from the Bible and turned it into a life-saving charity. Peter, his father, Nicholas, and brother Robert run Turning Wine Into Water , which will hold its fifth annual Harvest Wine Tasting Saturday at Equinox Fitness Club.[breakhere]

"Millions of children are dying without access to clean water," Troilo said. The charity helps raise money to build wells in villages in Africa through wine-related events. They work with the organization World Vision and recently completed construction of a well in Zambia. "It's nice to see our company and family make a difference in people's lives."

The event is free, but an at-will donation is requested. Troilo said that a couple of years ago a man came in and wrote a check before heading into the wine tasting. When Troilo looked at the check, he saw that it was for $10,000. "That gentleman basically built a well in Africa himself," said Troilo.

The charity was started by the Troilo family six years ago. "In January of 2003, I was looking at the prior year's financial statements. I was frustrated because we would donate $100 here, $400 there, but it didn't feel like we were really getting anything accomplished," Troilo said.

That year the store donated some wine to an event in Greenwich that was raising money to build a well in an Africa village. After Troilo's father met with two men from the village where the well was to be built, the family came up with the idea to create Turning Wine Into Water. The charity held its first event a year later.

"It just clicked, and we found our answer on how we could contribute and really make a difference," said Troilo.

The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. One hundred percent of all donations at the door will go to the charity.

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