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Holiday wine tasting full of good cheer for a good cause,  thanks to the Caraluzzi family

Fine 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 and liquors 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 for scholarships.

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 the vendors.

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 Caraluzzi Dimyan

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