SACRAMENTO, March 29, 2019 – The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) Foundation helps children of winegrape grower employees achieve their academic dreams by providing college scholarships. To help raise funds, the foundation is hosting a gala on April 10 in Sacramento.
The CAWG Foundation Gala – which brings together CAWG members, industry supporters, California legislators and government officials – will be held at The Sutter Club from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It features a reception, silent auction and friendly wine judging competition.
During the reception, foundation representatives will celebrate the important accomplishments of the scholarship program that has awarded $433,000 to students over the past 21 years.
The friendly wine competition will be judged by California political leaders. Legislators and government officials were invited to nominate red or white wines from throughout the state. Wineries with nominated wines include: Alara Cellars, Berryhill Family Vineyards, Cacciatore Fine Wines, Cantara Cellars, Chanin Wines, Elevation Ten, Fenestra Winery, Ficklin Vineyards, Klinker Brick Winery, King Andrews Vineyard, Kings River Winery, Las Positas Vineyards, Melville Winery, Pearl Running Horse Road Vineyards, Peju Province Winery, Quivira Vineyards, Roark Wine Company, Rusack Vineyards, Sevtap Winery, Scheid Vineyards and Solterra Winery.
“The CAWG Foundation scholarship program was started to support and thank those who help make the winegrape and wine community a special part of California.” CAWG President John Aguirre said. “The foundation is proud to offer scholarships that are made possible by the generous donations of those in the California wine industry.”
For event and ticket information, visit www.cawg.org.
About the California Association of Winegrape Growers Foundation
The CAWG Foundation is a nonprofit public benefit corporation. Each year the foundation typically awards two $8,000 four-year scholarships to students planning to attend a campus in the University of California or California State University system, and four $2,000 two-year scholarships to students planning to attend a California community college. Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors whose parent or legal guardian is employed by a California winegrape grower. The Robert Miller Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student who resides on the Central Coast and plans to major in enology or viticulture at Allan Hancock College or Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The foundation awards at least seven scholarships each year. www.cawgfoundation.org
About the California Association of Winegrape Growers
CAWG provides industry leadership to advocate for public policies, research and education programs, and sustainable farming practices to enhance the business of growing California winegrapes. The organization represents the growers of more than 50 percent of the gross grape tonnage crushed for wine and concentrate in California. www.cawg.org