Sierra College Foundation to Savor its Sixth Annual “A Taste of Excellence” Event

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Elegant Gala Will Feature Top Restaurants and Wineries to Raise Money for Sierra College Students, Programs

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The money raised from every ‘A Taste of Excellence’ has established scholarships and helped important student programs.

The Sierra College Foundation will present its sixth annual “A Taste of Excellence,” an elegant food- and wine-tasting event featuring the region’s best restaurants and wineries, as well as a silent auction. The gala will take place on Saturday, April 10, at the Sierra College Rocklin campus.

Proceeds from the event will go toward the most needed areas within Sierra College, such as scholarships and programs.

For the third consecutive year, Wells Fargo will be the Presenting Sponsor of the 2010 “A Taste of Excellence.”

Last year’s event was attended by nearly 500 people and raised $130,000 for the Foundation. In total, since its inauguration in 2005, this annual affair has raised more than $750,000, showcasing that it is one of Placer County’s premier fundraising efforts.

“Sierra College is an outstanding asset to our community, and we are honored to partner with the Foundation again this year,” said Candance Brooks, Wells Fargo district manager. “Wells Fargo is committed to enhancing educational opportunities, and Sierra College is a critical part of that equation, particularly in these challenging economic times.”

“Thanks to the help of Wells Fargo, we’re looking forward to another elegant community event that’s a tasty way of supporting Sierra College students,” said Sonbol Aliabadi, executive director of the Sierra College Foundation. “The money raised from every ‘A Taste of Excellence’ has established scholarships and helped important student programs.”

Participating restaurants include: Blue Nami Sushi, Bootleggers Old Town Tavern & Grill, Chipotle, Crush 29, Hawks, Horseshoe Bar & Grill, Il Fornaio, Johnny Garlic’s/Tex Wasabi’s, La Provence Restaurant & Terrace, Latitudes Restaurant, Mama Kim Cooks, Mas Mexican, Matteo’s Pizza and Bistro, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, Monkey Cat, Mulvaney's B & L, Piatti Ristorante & Bar, Randy Peter's Catering & Event Planning, Rubino’s Ristorante, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Suede Blue, The Melting Pot, The Supper Club, and Thunder Valley Casino Resort.

Participating wineries include: B Cellars, Casque Wines, Caymus Vineyards, Celani Family Vineyards, Double Oak Vineyards & Winery, Elizabeth Spencer Wines, Frank Family Vineyards, Gamba Vineyards and Winery, Halter Ranch, Hill Family Estate, James David Cellars, Livingston Moffett Wines, Lone Buffalo Vineyard, Melanson Vineyard, Moniz Family Wines, Nickel & Nickel Single Vineyard Wines, Niner Wine Estates, Orin Swift Cellars, Phipps Family Cellars, Roessler Cellars, Sean Minor Wines (Four Bears), Silver Oak, Twomey Cellars, and Waterstone.

In addition to Wells Fargo, the other sponsors of this year’s “A Taste of Excellence” are:

Event Sponsor: Sutter Roseville Medical Center

Platinum Sponsors: Drexel University, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, United Auburn Indian Community & Thunder Valley Casino & Resort, and Vanir Construction Management, Inc.

Gold Sponsors: AT&T, Crusader Fence - Brent and Irene Henderson, Halldin Public Relations, Kee Mapes & Associates, Pacific Gas & Electric, Placer Vineyards Development Group LLC, and Rabobank, N.A.

Silver Sponsors: Michael Ankrim – Robert W. Baird & Co., Associated Students of Sierra College, Brandman Unviversity – Chapman University System, Brookfield Land, Dr. Barry & Simi Chehrazi, Clark & Sullivan Construction, Edward Jones – David Brockway, Five Star Auto Care, Folsom Lake Bank, Granite Bay Development, Hewlett-Packard, Johnson Schachter & Lewis, Lionakis, the Maki-Gill Family, Rudolph & Sletten, Sierra Foothills Construction, Sierra Vista Communities, Tru-line Builders, Umpqua Bank, Wagner Kirkman Blaine Klomparens & Youmans LLP, and Wave Broadband.

Pearl Sponsors: Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, Community 1st Bank, Denio’s Farmers Market & Swap Meet, Granite Community Bank, N.A., Harris Industrial Gases – Auburn Ironworks, Ray Morgan Company/ Canon USA, Sandor & Holly Tiche, Scott Yuill State Farm Insurance Agency, Sierra View General Contractor, and Sodexo.

Other: First Northern Bank and Recology Auburn Placer

“A Taste of Excellence” starts at 6:30 p.m. with food and wine tastings from dozens of local restaurants and wineries, and a silent auction.

Tickets for the event are $75 per person. The Sierra College Rocklin campus is located at 5000 Rocklin Road.

The Sierra College Foundation has a number of sponsorship options available for local businesses. The event provides a great opportunity for businesses to showcase their support of higher education and enjoy a great evening with clients.

For more information on “A Taste of Excellence” or to support the event through sponsorship, please contact the Sierra College Foundation at (916) 660-7020 or visit .


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