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CSUB's Party in the Park
  April 27, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456,,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138,

It's become a Bakersfield tradition. The 10th annual CSUB Party in the Park on Friday, May 12, will feature some of the state's top wineries providing samples paired with top-flight hors d'oeuvres for an event that's become one of Bakersfield's don't-miss events.

California State University, Bakersfield's Alumni Association, along with the Bakersfield Wine Society, hosts the event which features more than 50 wineries, and last year attracted more than 700 people to help raise money for the Alumni Scholarship Fund. This year's event is also sponsored by Green Frog Market and Klein, DeNatale & Goldner. The "party" begins Friday, May 12, at 5:30 p.m. in Alumni Park on the CSUB campus.

CSUB Alumni Relations Director Shannon Hill anticipates about 800 attendees this year to taste the offerings of a wide range of California wineries, including L'Aventure, Domaine Alfred, Rutherford Ranch, Round Hill, Morgan, Red Zeppelin, Eberle, Rio Seco, Fresno State Winery, Ortman Family Vineyards, Geyser Peak, Canyon Road, Wild Horse, Kenwood, Valley of the Moon, Lake Sonoma Winery, Vista del Rey, Baileyana, Madelena, Meridian, Victor Hugo, Robert Hall, Pessagno, J. Lohr, Tablas Creek, Atlas Peak, Buena Vista, Clos du Bois, Jake's Fault, William Hill, Bennett Lane Winery, St. Supery, Rotta, Grey Wolf, Tarrica, Peju, Hatcher, Bianchi, Vina Robles, Arroyo Robles and Tobin James.

Also this year, Party in the Park will feature a live and silent auction, featuring lifestyle, art, cultural, and wine-oriented items.

The party's purpose is to raise funds for the Alumni Scholarship Fund at CSUB. The fund provides academic scholarships for deserving students who might otherwise have difficulty affording a university education. Last year Party in the Park raised more than $9,000 for the Alumni Scholarship Fund.

CSUB Alumni Director Shannon Hill said she's thrilled with the direction CSUB's Party in the Park has taken since the CSUB Alumni Association and the Bakersfield Wine Society joined forces. "The Wine Society directors have done a great job bringing some of the state's best wines to Bakersfield," she said. "Thanks to their efforts and the efforts of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, as well as many alumni volunteers and CSUB staff, Party in the Park has become by far the best wine event in Kern County, and one of the biggest wine events in Central California. If you're interested in wine, few other places offer you the number and quality of the wineries at Party in the Park."

Society spokesman Mike Stepanovich said he, too, was delighted with the Party in the Park. "The Bakersfield Wine Society was formed more than 30 years ago, and this year marks the 28th year that we'll participate in a wine festival," he said. "The university's 10-year-old Party in the Park is a growing event dedicated to providing scholarships, and it's apparent that together we've been able to provide an outstanding event that not only helps deserving people with their college education, but also helps people learn about the joys of wine."

And the wineries have recognized the value of participating in CSUB's Party in the Park. "Because Bakersfield is such a fast-growing market, Party in the Park is a great venue for us," said Marko Zaninovich, president of Sunview Vineyards of California in Delano, owner of Rutherford Ranch and Round Hill wines. "We're extremely pleased to be able to help with such a worthy cause. I'm aware of how important a college education is, and we're very happy to support CSU Bakersfield in its effort to provide scholarships for deserving students."

Ample hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, including the popular grilled sausages donated by Green Frog Market, will also be served at the event, which precedes the annual Bakersfield Jazz Festival in the CSUB Amphitheater (combination tickets are available to both events). In addition those attending will receive a commemorative wine glass.

Party in the Park is held in Alumni Park on the CSUB campus, just east of the Walter Stiern Library and north of the cafeteria. Enter the campus off Stockdale Highway at Don Hart Drive East, or via Kroll Way for nearby parking.

Cost for the tasting is $35 per person in advance, or $45 the day of the event, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Alumni Scholarship Endowment.

For reservations or more information, please call the Alumni Relations office at (661) 654-3211.