Virtual whisky tasting to raise funds for Zebra Child Protection Centre


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Whisky aficionado Steve Richmond stepped up to help the Zebra Child Protection Centre by hosting an around-the-world virtual whisky tasting.

Richmond, who organizes the always sold-out annual January Whisky Festival at the Delta Hotel, is calling the event a Father’s Day 101 Whisky Tasting. It’s scheduled for June 18 at 7 p.m.

“Most people know the Zebra Centre is our community’s response to child abuse,” said Richmond, partner in the 23 Avenue’s Vines Wine Merchants. “But few know where its name came from.”

Donna Zazulak, who is helping organize the tasting on behalf of the Wolfe Cadillac Dealership, had the explanation.

“When danger appears, zebras form a protective circle around their young,” she said. “There is speculation that when they run, their stripes blend together and it may be hard for predators to tell where one zebra ends and another begins.”

In Edmonton, Zebra professionals provide customized care for youngsters, supporting after an incident from the first response, through the investigation and continuing in the judicial and healing process.

“In 2020, the Zebra Centre supported 2,844 children and youth, a 20 per cent increase from 2019,” says Zebra CEO Emmy Stuebing. “On average, it costs about $1,500 to support just one child throughout the entire continuum of care.”

Richmond’s choice for the tasting: A whisky from the Scottish Highlands; a Japanese Suntory Toki; an American Reserve Bourbon and a Dutch Millstone Rye.

“Tickets are $150,” says Zazulak. “This provides the whiskies, which come with a package of items we believe to be worth $400.” More information is available at

Steve Richmond and a selection of whisky
Steve Richmond is hosting a whisky tasting to raise funds for the Zebra Child Protection Society. Photo supplied.