It was a great night, January 23rd 2012, at Belfair Plantation Clubhouse where 25 USCB students welcomed local club managers and friends to the first annual Fundraising Wine Dinner. The students, led by Othel Plowden, colony president, prepared a four-course plated wine-paired dinner in order to raise money to travel to New Orleans for National Conference. “The students have worked tirelessly to make this a great evening,” quipped faculty advisor, Dr. Sean Barth.
The event was great indeed. The students were able to get a majority of local private residential clubs involved. In addition, there were a couple of vendors present and also some support from the university and friends. All in all the students served the dinner to 85 guests and rose close to $6000. What is more surprising is how generous all the donors were. From US Foods and Belfair, to Sea Pines Country Club, Crew Wineries, and Beringer, the students were able to keep their costs below $500 in order to keep the majority of the money for their travel. “I am very excited for the students,” says Barth, “they worked so hard to make this evening very special. Othel made this night special. He really took ahold of and ran with the idea. He came up with the menu and then made it come to life, and I am very proud of his accomplishments.”
The money raised will allow the student’s to attend National Conference again this year. “Without the support of the local club community, experiences like this would not be possible for most of our students,” said Barth. “We just do not have the resources at this time, but the students were dedicated and found a way to make it happen.” Please view the video below to see how the night went.