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Hector, NY — Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards in Hector, NY is pulling out all of the stops during its “Giving Back” weekend on December 11th and 12th to raise awareness and funds for Seneca Santa and the Humane Society of Schuyler County. The winery will be collecting cash donations and “Wish List” gifts for the Humane Society and donating a portion of sales that weekend to both charities.

“Giving Back” weekend is part of the larger “Hazlitt Holiday Mash-Up!” celebration, a series of 5 consecutive weekends of holiday-themed events. Those festivities began November 20th and will run both Saturdays and Sundays through December 19th.

“This is a great opportunity for us to make a difference for underprivileged kids through Seneca Santa and improve the welfare of animals in Schuyler County through the Humane Society,” said Leigh Hazlitt Triner, Co-CEO. She added “ If we can make it easy for people to support these organizations, we’re happy to do so. Both organizations do incredibly beneficial work that’s even more important during the holidays and throughout the winter.

Each weekend of Hazlitt Holiday Mash-Up! the winery and its grounds will be transformed into a magical holiday wonderland. Guests are invited to come dressed to impress to match the weekend’s theme. These include “A Caribbean Christmas”, “Now, That Was a Great Christmas Movie”, “The Uglier the Sweater, the Better”, “It’s a North Pole Fashion Show” and, finally, “Haz-LITT Up!”

There will be a lot to see and experience. Among other things, the fun and festivities include weekly prize drawings for people who come in costume, live music each Saturday in the Oasis, and selfie photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus the first two weekends of December. Along with wine/cider flights, there will be plenty of holiday-themed cocktails and food selections including the world-famous Hazlitt French Onion Soup.

To view the Humane Society of Schuyler County’s “Wish List” go to or call them directly at (607) 594-2255. For more information on th events visit or call the winery directly at 607-546-9463.



About Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards

The Hazlitt family has been growing superb grapes on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake, NY for over 150 years. Established in 1984, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards continues the family tradition of award-winning viticulture and wine production. In 2010, Hazlitt Red Cat Cellars was founded when the Hazlitt family purchased the 3+ million gallon Widmer Wine Cellars in Naples, New York from Constellation Brands. 

The family’s internationally renowned wines include Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, and Cabernet Franc. Most notably, Hazlitt is infamous for its Red Cat, White Cat, and Cabin Fever – some of the most popular and best-selling New York State wines. For more information, please visit

About the Humane Society of Schuyler County

The Humane Society of Schuyler County is a limited admission, no-kill shelter. Incorporated in 1987, it is the only full-service animal welfare organization serving the needs of the county. The Humane Society provides shelter for stray and surrendered animals, offers animals for adoption, provides a low-cost spay/neuter program, delivers educational resources, and manages programs to help area residents care for their pets. Its mission is to provide safe, loving care and a comfortable environment for every animal and hold the highest possible standards, and work to ensure that the needs of each dog or cat are met on a daily basis.

The Humane Society of Schuyler County is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation dedicated to advancing animal welfare in our community.

About Seneca Santa

Seneca Santa, a not-for-profit organization, was founded by a group of Watkins Glen businessmen in the 1940s to provide Christmas gifts for Schuyler County’s underprivileged children ranging in age from birth to 12.  Seneca Santa accepts donations of money, hats, mittens, coloring books & crayons, family board games, and children’s books. Monies raised are used to provide an age-appropriate toy along with fruit, holiday snacks, and the previously mentioned gifts.