Fund-raising event uncorks big benefits

Apr 30, 2013

 Sip, Savor, SupportThe first-ever campus fund-raising event for the Heidelberg Fund may be a memory, but its benefits will be realized for some students in the foreseeable future.

“Heidelberg Uncorked: Sip, Savor, Support,” a wine-tasting and silent auction held April 20 in the Saurwein Health & Wellness Center, has been deemed a great success by organizers Ashley Helmstetter and Anna Brodman.

In all, the event generated $30,000 for the Heidelberg Fund, which supports student academic needs and co-curricular opportunities.

“We’ve had nothing but positive feedback from the event,” Helmstetter said. “The wine tasting was extremely popular."

“For our first time doing an event of this magnitude and hosting it on campus, we’re extremely pleased.”

About 180 people attended “Uncorked.” While there, they tasted red, white and dessert wines paired with food prepared by Aramark Food Service. An added benefit, Helmstetter said, was the opportunity to host the community for a fun and unique event on campus.

In addition to the wine tasting, an online auction with about 80 items, many donated by alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Heidelberg, was a popular feature before and during the event. The auction alone raised $16,573.

Event sponsors contributed $13,000 for the Heidelberg Fund. They included Thomas & Marker Construction, Design Collaborative, MJ Brown Co., Reineke Family Dealerships, Tiffin Aire Inc., the Clyde-Findlay Area Credit Union, Firelands Winery and an anonymous donor.

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