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Pier under the Stars event most successful ever

While many area fundraisers are being canceled or scaled back because of the uncertain economy, the 18th Pier under the Stars food and wine tasting event Saturday evening in Ventura was the most successful ever, with about 60 restaurants and wineries offering food and drinks to the about 1,000 people gathered.

According to Jenise Wagar, executive director of the Pier into the Future board of directors, which puts on the event, the VIP section sold out early.

"Usually there were around 150 people. We had to increase it to 200 people this year," she said. "We also had to expand the layout, adding the Jolly Oyster at the last minute."

Wagar thinks the event continues to be popular because of the venue on the promenade in the shadow of the Ventura Pier. She said the pier is an integral part of Ventura, up there with two trees and the cross at Grant Park.

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