April 17, 2009 - As the weather warms and the flowers bloom, the Central Valley knows it's time for California State University, Bakersfield's Party in the Park. Grab a wine glass and beer mug.wait, beer mug? That's right, in addition to top California wineries, this year attendees can sample unique micro-brews while raising thousands of dollars for student scholarships. Join the festivities on Friday, May 8, at 5:30 p.m. in CSUB's Alumni Park.
"We are expanding Party in the Park to accommodate all tastes," said David Perkins, event chair and member of the CSUB Alumni Association board. "The wineries are stellar, and the micro-brews add a new dimension to the event. But most importantly, we're raising funds to support student scholarships."
Vinters from throughout California are already lining up to pop their corks for the worthy cause. With wineries such as Bighorn Cellars, MacRostie Winery and Vineyards, Clos du Bois, Renwood Winery, Croad Vineyards, Arroyo Robles Winery, Chumeia Vineyards, and Souza Family Vineyard the evening is sure to be immensely successful. Perkins anticipates more than 50 wineries will participate along with micro-brews from Lengthwise Brewery, Kern River Brewery and select brands from Advance Beverage.
"Party in the Park has become a Bakersfield tradition, especially for alumni," Perkins added. "This event is a great way to have a good time with friends while giving back to the university and students. The event will sell out again, so get your tickets early!"
Last year, Party in the Park attracted 600 guests and raised $7,000 for the Alumni Scholarship Fund. "This event gives everyone an opportunity to discover - or rediscover - CSUB and connect with friends for a great cause," said Shannon Hill, CSUB alumni relations director. "Without the event, some deserving students might have difficulty affording a university education."
Party in the Park precedes the annual Bakersfield Jazz Festival. Cost for the tasting is $40 in advance or $50 the day of the event, if tickets are available. Available for pre-purchase only is a weekend package that includes both Party in the Park and the Bakersfield Jazz Festival. The package price for Friday's events is $70, or enjoys the entire weekend for $90.
Event sponsors are KGET-TV 17, KUZZ, and Cost Plus World Market.
For more information:Alumni Relations Office
Media ContactColleen Dillaway, Director of Public Affairs & Communications