TU Alumni Hold Fundraiser
UNCORKED: From left, Matthew and Hillary Hauth, TU Uncorked co-chairs; Maria Gaw, TU Uncorked chair; and Cathy and Bob Laird, TU Uncorked honorary chairs, pose at the 11th annual University of Tulsa Alumni Association wine festival.
Photo by ERIK CAMPOS, University of Tulsa
TU Uncorked welcomed more than 500 guests to the Donald W. Reynolds Center on June 5 for the 11th annual University of Tulsa Alumni Association wine festival. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $700,000 for the TU Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. Scholarships are awarded to Tulsa-area students based on financial need and academic qualifications.
Since 2007, the scholarship has been awarded seven times to five different recipients. Most recently, Curtis French received the scholarship for three consecutive years. He completed his master of accountancy degree this year and accepted a full-time position with Phillips 66 in Bartlesville.
This was the first year Uncorked was held on the TU campus. The event included a wine pull and silent and live auctions, featuring items such as a TU football game package; dinner with TU men’s basketball coach Frank Haith; an Oklahoma winery tour; and custom bracelets from Rustic Cuff, a line of popular jewelry owned and operated by TU alumna Jill Donovan. Kendra Scott Jewelry sponsored a popular jewelry pull, donating 50 pieces to the event.The jewelry pull sold out in nine minutes.
Attendees were invited to sample food and drinks from local restaurants and wineries that donated their offerings. Restaurant sponsors included Calavera’s Mexican Grill, In the Raw Sushi Bar, La Villa Restaurant at Philbrook and The Restaurant at Gilcrease. Beverage sponsors included Eos Estate Winery, Lost Angel Wines, McManis Family Vineyards, Route 66 Beer and a chocolate martini bar by Sobieski Vodka. TU alumnus Eric Marshall, founder of Marshall Brewing, also offered locally brewed beer.
The event was led by 2007 graduate Maria Gaw along with cochairs Matthew and Hilary Hauth, 2010 and 2013 graduates, respectively. Honorary chairs of the event were Bob and Cathy Laird, both 1980 graduates.