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Grape Escape

Date: Aug 04, 2017
Grape Escape is Topeka's premier wine and food festival with games and live auctions to benefit the Topeka Performing Arts Center and the community programs we offer.

Again this year, there will be lots of swirling, sniffing and sipping going on at the 20th Annual Grape Escape 2017, A Toast to the Arts on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 6:00 PM

About the Event

Grape Escape is TPAC’s primary fundraising event. It, along with corporate season sponsorship's and the Friends of TPAC program, provide the financial support needed to bring great acts to Topeka and provide educational programs to the community.

Guests will have the opportunity to sample wines from some of the world’s leading vintners and taste gourmet hors d’oeuvres and food samplings from premier restaurants and caterers. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items. The evening concludes with a live auction featuring an array of fabulous and unique items and a live performance by comedienne Caroline Rhea..

Silent Auction

During the event, a silent auction will take place online with gift baskets, signed memorabilia, gift cards, and so much more. A link will be available in advance to view the items and bid in advance. Items donated from local businesses/organizations.

Live Auction

Toward the end of the evening TPAC will hold it's annual Live Auction. This spectacular event includes items such as VIP Dinners, fine wines and trips across North America. Items must be picked up and paid for the night of the event.

Becoming a Sponsor

Each year the Topeka Performing Arts Center seeks cash and trade sponsors to fund the event. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please contact Lena Runnebaum at 785-234-2787 x113 or

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Live Entertainment

Caroline Rhea, stand-up comedian and actress, brings a fresh, smart and spontaneous approach to all of her work.

In 1989, Caroline ventured to New York to start her career in stand-up comedy. She studied in the stand-up program at the New School of Social Research and trained at the comedy club, Catch a Rising Star. With nightly gigs at New York's venerable clubs, Caroline's status quickly grew and she became an integral part of the city's comedy scene. Her career was further boosted by numerous appearances on "MTV's Half-Hour Comedy Hour," "Comic Strip Live" and "Caroline's Comedy Hour." For the last seventeen years, Caroline has continued to perform to sold-out audiences in top comedy clubs all over the country and in Canada.

Her feature credits include, "The Perfect Man," with Heather Locklear, a supporting role in "Man on the Moon," the story of the late comedian Andy Kaufman, co-starring Jim Carrey, "Christmas With the Kranks," opposite Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis, and the wrestling film, "Ready to Rumble," opposite Oliver Platt, David Arquette and Scott Caan.

Caroline's television career has taken off since she first starred as Aunt Hilda on The WB's sitcom "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch." She starred in Lifetime's made for television movie "Fat Like Me," and was the host of NBC's "The Biggest Loser." She was last seen in a one hour stand up special, part of Bravo's "Funny Girls," entitled "Rhea's Anatomy," which aired on Halloween 2006. Other credits include; host of "The Caroline Rhea Show," regular guest on Whoopi Goldberg's "Hollywood Squares," Drew's girlfriend on "The Drew Carey Show," the made for television movie "Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire," "Pride and Joy" on NBC, Comedy Central's "Pulp Comic," "Comic Relief 8" and "One Night Stand 2005." She also appeared in the pilot of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," written by Larry David.

A Montreal native, Caroline currently resides in New York and Los Angeles.

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