wine, good company, and a festive holiday spirit contributed to a
wonderful celebration on Dec. 4 at the 13th Annual
Holiday Wine Tasting held on the university’s Westside campus.
A strong turnout of more than 140 guests
yielded an impressive fundraising total topping $10,000 for the
Anthony and Julia Caraluzzi Family Scholarship. Over the
past 13 years, the popular annual event has raised approximately
$125,000 for the Caraluzzi Endowment.
The fund awards scholarships annually to
incoming freshmen and continuing students in the Ancell
School of Business. Caraluzzi scholars in 2011 included
Christine Arnold, Jennifer Chan, Joseph Czel, Christopher Dalton,
Nabila Hasan, Angelicca Heffner, Margaret McLoughlin, Brittany Ravo
and Adam Shetler.
Eighteen wine and spirits distributors set up
tasting tables all around the
Westside Campus Ballroom to offer samplings of dozens of fine wines
from around the world. Guests enjoyed sumptuous Italian delicacies
provided by La Zingara of Bethel. A silent auction and “brown bag”
blind wine sale supplemented ticket sales to raise additional funds
The university community offers profound thanks
to the Caraluzzi family, the Caraluzzi’s Markets in Bethel,
Georgetown and Newtown, and Nutmeg Discount Liquors of Bethel for
sponsoring another successful wine tasting. A special debt of
gratitude is owed to Tony and Bert Caraluzzi and their daughter
Jennifer Caraluzzi Dimyan, chief financial officer of Caraluzzi’s
Markets, who organized the event and coordinated arrangements with
Silent auction items included: two hours in the kitchen with Tim
LaBant, chef-owner of The Schoolhouse at Cannondale; photo sessions
with Amanda Emanuel, Haley Ford and Elyse Shapiro; a painting
donated by Christine Hartman of the WCSU art department; a wine gift
basket courtesy of Nutmeg Discount Liquor; and a three- credit WCSU
course from the Office of the President.
Cover photo: Tony Caraluzzi chats with
Dianne and Bob Yamin at the 2011 Wine Tasting event.
Above photo: (Left to right) Mark
Caraluzzi, President and CEO of Caraluzzi's Markets, President Schmotter, Bert Caraluzzi, Tony Caraluzzi and Jennifer