WCSU hosts 13th Annual Holiday Wine Tasting

Guests sampled fine wines from around the world and enjoyed a generous buffet of hors d’oeuvres as they celebrated one of the season’s most festive gatherings at Western's 13th Annual Holiday Wine Tasting on Dec. 4, 2011.

Proceeds from the benefit support the Caraluzzi Scholarship Endowment.

Over the past 12 years, the popular benefit has raised approximately $115,000 for the Caraluzzi Endowment, which annually awards scholarships to Western freshmen from the Danbury area and continuing students in the university’s Ancell School of Business. Proceeds from the annual event and generous donations from the family of Anthony and Roberta Caraluzzi have funded scholarship grants to approximately 75 students since 2001.

The scholarship endowment was established in honor of Anthony Caraluzzi, founder of Caraluzzi’s Markets, by his son, Anthony Caraluzzi Jr., as a means to give back to the area community and promote business education at WCSU. Scholarships are awarded annually to incoming WCSU freshmen who have graduated from Bethel High School or Immaculate High School in Danbury. The Caraluzzi Endowment also provides funding for scholarship awards to Western juniors and seniors enrolled in the Ancell School of Business.

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Anthony and Roberta Caraluzzi, center, founded the Caraluzzi Scholarship Endowment in 2001. Also pictured are (l-r): their son, Mark Caraluzzi, WCSU President James W. Schmotter and their daughter, Jen Caraluzzi Dimyan.