Wine Quest COVID-19 Update
It may come as no surprise, but Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando has made the decision to remain closed at least through May 31, 2020 due to COVID-19. Of course, that means Wine Quest, as scheduled, will not be taking place. It’s possible we might be able to do something fun to celebrate Wine Quest later this year, but those plans are uncertain at this time.
Quest, Inc. still has hundreds of individuals with developmental disabilities who are receiving our services. Our focus is on their safety and our staff heroes at our 17 residential locations. Many of the individuals we serve have challenging medical conditions and compromised respiratory systems that put them at a higher risk of complications that may come from COVID-19 infection. Due to the vigilant efforts of our dedicated team members, we have no cases of COVID-19 within our service population or staff.
Quest revenues right now are severely limited due to the cancellations of Wine Quest and Quest’s Camp Thunderbird as well as the closing of our adult training centers and the limited operation of our kid’s therapy program. To cut costs, we have furloughed more than 100 Quest team members and reduced compensation for our leadership and administrative positions. Of course, those of our staff who are on the frontlines remain to provide care for our individuals with developmental disabilities.
We have reached out to our Wine Quest sponsors asking them to consider reallocating their sponsorship funds from Wine Quest to gifts to support the individuals we serve. We are thrilled to say — to date — many have said, “Yes, of course!” and more positive responses are hopefully on their way.
Please see the names of those sponsors to whom we’re indebted for their kindness and generosity. We’re so grateful to have such warm, wonderful partners.
FIS | Roger B. Kennedy Construction | Summit Utility Advisors, Inc. | Wayne Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc. | West Orange Healthcare District
Although this crisis has brought pain to Quest, and human services organizations throughout the world, it has also brought resolve. It has shown that our mission to build and cultivate communities where individuals with disabilities achieve their goals is more important than ever.
Thank YOU for being a member of the Quest community. Your support during this time has been overwhelming and we appreciate each and every one of you.
While it isn’t the same as being at Wine Quest, raise your glass at home in support and appreciation of the work that continues. And, please, stay well!
Thank You to our ongoing event partner:
Thank You to our ongoing venue partner:
For information on Wine Quest 2020, email us below:
Our Sincerest Thanks to our Wine Quest 2020 Committee
Committee Chair, Becky Cherney | Hedi Ago | Kyle Becker | Mary Brinkerhoff | Kathie Bynum | Michael Candiotti | James Gallagher | Dorothy Gill | Caitlin Glassman | Haley Hitzing | Cameron Hughes | Taylor Hughes | Kathryn Huynh | Cherrie Kassim | Doug Lord | Dave Riccardi | Whitney Saylor | Ashish Smart | Heather Truitt | Christine Wittig
Wine Quest 2019
Check out photos from Wine Quest 2019:
Grand Tasting & Auction Album Premier Dining Experience Album