Sipping for Student Scholarships
Nothing’s better than a warm summer day, an ocean breeze, a view overlooking the Pacific and 75 of the best wines from California and Baja — unless you count spending it with 700 alumni and friends to raise $55,000 for scholarships.
Established in 2009 by the Alumni Association Board, USD’s fifth annual Wine Classic was held on Sunday, July 14, at the Joan B. Kroc Institute of Peace & Justice’s scenic Garden of the Sea. The event showcased 30 wineries owned or operated by USD alumni, parents or friends. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $220,000 for the USD Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund.
The first cork popped the night before at the inaugural Vintners Dinner. The intimate evening featured a delectable, one-of-a-kind, four-course meal with wine pairings. While sipping and savoring, guests heard from vintners about their winery’s philosophy and the art of wine making.
The following day, the Garden of the Sea was filled with the sound of live music. Guests enjoyed gourmet food stations and bid on wine-related silent auction items to raise money for future scholarship recipients who have financial need, strong academic merit and give back to USD and the local community. Save the date for next year’s event on July 13, 2014.