Powell Custom Homes Proud To Be Sponsors Of Poverty Bay Wine Festival

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Renovation project by Powell Custom Homes

The Rotary Club of Des Moines is proud to have Powell Custom Homes as the Event Sponsor of the 7th Annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival. For the last 100 years, this family of builders has made quality and integrity their watchwords.

Great-grandfather H.H. Benton started it all in 1909, building new homes as Seattle boomed. During the Great Depression, he built Benton Court Apartments, still in use today. He persuaded son-in-law Cecil Powell to join the business and together they created Barton Square Apartments, Normandy Duke Apartments and hundreds of single family homes, all serving owners and tenants today.

Third generation Monte Powell learned from his father and grandfather as he worked his way through college. His special interest was retirement homes. In 1967, he created the nationally acclaimed Huntington Park Retirement Village, still serving the community. His sons followed his example, building homes as they went to college. Two of them, Todd and Brooks Powell, now head the company. They have added a new emphasis on remodeling and renovation as the next generation moves into Seattle’s aging housing stock.

Times have changed, but the Powell family tradition of excellence and integrity remains the same.

Brooks Powell, Co-Owner

When asked why Powell Custom Homes chose to become the event sponsor for the 7th Annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival, Brooks said, “Since my family’s move to Des Moines in the 1960’s, we have always felt it was important to participate in the community, so partnering with the Rotary Club of Des Moines just makes sense”. The Powell family has had a long history of giving back to their community. This can be seen in their involvement in the Fireworks Over Des Moines, the Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Fest, the Des Moines Waterland Festival, and many other local events.

And don’t forget – the wacky crew from our sister site The Waterland Blog will be there all weekend, “blogging live” and hanging out – so come find ’em and say hi!


  • Tickets are just $25.00 in advance, which includes 10 tasting tokens (tastings range from 1 – 3 tokens).
  • Additional tasting tokens available for $1.00.
  • Discounted Advance Ticket Sales end at Noon on Friday, March 4, 2011.
  • Tickets purchased at the event will cost $30.00.
  • Groups of 20 or more contact Ric Jacobson at 206-824-9462 for discount pricing.
  • Wine Festival tickets are good for a one-day admission on either Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
  • 21 and over ID Required at Door.
  • No Pets Please.
  • This is an indoor event with free parking and free shuttle service from the Des Moines Marina (limited parking available at site for $10.00 per day)

For more information about the Poverty Bay Wine Festival or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.dmrotary.org/ or call Corky Cellars at 206-824-9462..

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