Event Supports Lasallian Scholarship

More than 400 people tasted wine from more than two dozen wineries at the annual Summer Wine Festival on Aug. 15, with proceeds going to the Lasallian Scholarship.

The festival has become a popular community event that draws not only alumni, but also many residents from the surrounding area who appreciate the camaraderie of the event and the quality of the wines. This year, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Grgich Hills Estate, Fleming Jenkins Winery, Concannon and Brother Timothy Estate were among the wineries that poured wine in the Soda Center. 

The Lasallian Scholarship, which pays one-fourth of a student's tuition, was established in 1994 by the alumni board of directors to benefit deserving children and grandchildren of College alumni. This year, one of the students it is going to is senior Lindsay Verber, whose mother, Suzanne Spracher '86, and grandfather Joe Crane '53 are among her relatives who graduated from Saint Mary's.

Verber is a resident advisor, a former co-chair of the annual Carnival 4 Kids on campus, a junior class senator of the Associated Students of Saint Mary's College and a member of the Community Engagement Council, which develops ways to get the surrounding community to engage with SMC and for students to go out into the community.

Verber says she has also worked on her Catholic faith while at Saint Mary's. By the end of her first week on campus, she knew she was part of a tight-knit community where students, faculty and staff know and care about each other.
"Saint Mary's has given me tools that not only help me now but in the future," she says. "Through Seminar, I have learned better ways of communicating and formulating an argument. In our tight-knit community, I have learned to deal with all types of different people. Those are some of the basic skills that will better me in my professional and personal life."

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