SCC Press Release

2012 Taste of Fine Wine, Arts & Ale Scholarship Fundraiser Set for Friday, March 30 at Pzazz!

The 6th annual Taste of Fine Wine, Arts & Ale is scheduled for Friday, March 30 at the Pzazz! Event Center in Burlington, Iowa. The benefit event will begin at 6 p.m. with a silent auction and a two hour tasting of an estimated 80 wines, beers, ales and locally roasted coffees, followed by a live auction.

Local wine and ale purveyors participating include Lindon Meadows, Baxter Winery, Millstream Microbrewery, Fleck Sales and Golden Eagle Distributing. Other beverage wholesalers will also be represented. Digger’s Rest will provide samples of specialty roasted coffees. Throughout the evening Pzazz! chefs will feature a wide array of appetizers and desserts.

Net proceeds from the annual event fund SCC scholarships for local students enrolling at SCC, and college mini-grant projects.

SCC Foundation Board Executive Director Becky Rump says this year’s goal is to raise $22,000 for critically needed scholarship funds. Rump adds that at the 2011 event, generous donors and patrons helped the Foundation exceed its goal of $21,000.

“Fortunately for our students, challenging economic times didn't seem to make a difference last year and we hope to be able to say the same this year," says Rump.

The event will also include a jewelry raffle and a large student art show where a number of pieces will be available for purchase. Packets of note cards featuring current student artwork will also be available for sale. Silent and live auctions will include numerous unique and exciting items donated by college employees, students, alumni and friends of SCC.

Patrons in Lee County may reserve round-trip seats to the event on the SCC Activity Bus and enjoy the ride. The bus will pick up patrons at the SCC Keokuk Campus (335 Messenger Road) at 5:00 p.m. and at the SCC Fort Madison Center (1602 Avenue F) at 5:30 p.m. The deadline to reserve a seat is 4:30 p.m. March 29.

Tickets remain at $50 each, while sponsor tables for eight people will again be $500 and will include reserved seating, proximity to the auction stage, party favors, and hors d'oeuvres and desserts served at the table.

To order tickets or reserved sponsor seats for the March 30, 2012 event, contact Julie Glasgow at (319) 208-5062 or or any member of the SCC Foundation Board (members listed below). To donate an item or service, contact Becky Rump at (319) 208-5065 or

Tickets are available from members of the SCC Foundation board of directors: Camille Anderson, Kathy Asbury, Denise Baker, Robert Cardoni, Mac Coffin II, Peggy Collins, Jerry Courtney, Frank Delaney, Paul Dennison, Terri Dowell, Ean Freels, Jim Hankes, Phil Hecht, Gary Hoyer, Bill Meck, Suzanne Messer, Mary Moore, Mary Lee Morris Cowles, Moudy Nabulsi, Dana Rheinschmidt, SCC President Beverly Simone, Dr. Larry Smith, Charlie Walsh, and Carlene Woodside. Executive Director is Becky Rump.

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