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1st Annual USD Wine Classic on July 26 Officially Sold Out

The inaugural University of San Diego Wine Classic has officially sold out, campus officials announced today. More than 400 tickets have been purchased for the July 26 event by USD alumni and the general public.
 
Some 20 university-affiliated wineries are participating in the event that will raise between $10,000 and $20,000 for student scholarships and offer a wonderful afternoon of wine tasting and gourmet food on the beautiful USD campus.
 
USD’s Alumni Association is hosting the event that is part of the university’s 60th anniversary celebration. The wine classic, which also includes music and a silent auction, takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Garden of Sea overlooking Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean at USD’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice.
 
Many of the owners and winemakers will be pouring their own wines, including Andrew Firestone, USD graduate and former star of ABC’s “The Bachelor” from the Curtis Winery in Paso Robles. Other participating vineyards include Caymus Vineyards, ROAR Wines, St. Supèry and Whitehall Lane.
 
“We knew this event would be popular but interest has truly exceeded our expectations,” said Martin Kaplan, director of Alumni Relations at USD. “We hope to make this an annual event and one of the premiere wine-tasting events on the West Coast.”
 
“Approximately 65 percent of all undergraduate students at USD receive some form of financial aid,” said Josephine Bennett, president of the USD Alumni Association. “The USD Wine Classic provides us with the opportunity to fund scholarships to help deserving students finance their college education.”
 
There is a waiting list for the event at www.usdwineclassic.com. Tickets are $60 and $75 after July 20. Call (619) 260-4819 for more information.
 
The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies brings the University's total number of schools and colleges to six.  Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Law, Leadership and Education Sciences, and Nursing and Health Science.

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About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. In February 2016, USD launched the public phase of Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represents the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university and builds upon the strong philanthropic momentum achieved by USD in recent years. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.

Contact:

Liz Harman
eharman@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4682