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Nevada County Habitat for Humanity founder David Emanuel was lauded for 10 years of service to the organization at a party on Thursday night.

“Dave has been the glue for the volunteers,” said Habitat for Humanity’s associate executive director Kathy McDaniel.

More than 100 volunteers and supporters attended the group’s 10-year anniversary at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City.

Emanuel founded the local Habitat affiliate in 1996. A board member for six years, he was instrumental in recruiting volunteers and writing grants for the group. Last month he retired from his volunteer position as chairman of the site selection committee.

Habitat for Humanity is devoted to providing affordable housing in western Nevada County.

Wine bottling tobenefit research

Villa Venezia Ristorante Italiano in Grass Valley is hosting a special event at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 to benefit breast cancer research.

At the event, Dr. Ernie Bodai, the man who designed the breast cancer awareness stamp used by the United States Postal Service, will sign wine bottles specially produced by the Mt. Vernon Winery of Auburn.

Bodai is the chief executive officer of Cure Breast Cancer Inc., a Sacramento-based nonprofit. Bodai lobbied the Postal Service to issue a stamp that sold at greater than face value. The stamp has raised $60 million for research.

At the Nov. 10 event, the bottles of wine will have a label that resembles Bodai’s stamp.

Mt. Vernon Winery will donate 12.5 percent of the profits from the sales of the labeled wine to Cure Breast Cancer, Inc.

Villa Venezia is located at 124 Bank St. in front of the new Holiday Inn Express. For more information, call 273-3555.

– The Union staff

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