April 25, 2011 — Since the CSUB Alumni Association started its annual Party in the Park event 15 years ago, it has raised more than $40,000 in scholarships for CSUB students. The event is a great way to enjoy good wine, beer, food, and friends in CSUB's Alumni Park before heading over to the Outdoor Amphitheatre for opening night of the Bakersfield Jazz Festival. This year's Party in the Park will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6.
More than 500 attendees will experience offerings by 30 wineries, such as Steinbeck, Tobin James, Rio Seco, Pear Valley, Bella la Vina and Las Flores. Lengthwise Brewing Company and event sponsor Stella Artois will offer beer tastings. Guests receive two complimentary glasses, one for wine and one for beer.
CSUB's fine dining catering staff will offer tasty treats such as a "crunchy station," gourmet burgers, sweet potato fries, and chocolate-covered strawberries. Additionally, new event sponsor Eagle Mountain Casino will serve appetizers including shrimp cocktail, stuffed mushrooms and steak-wrapped asparagus.
Musical entertainment will be provided by local band Elevation 406. KGET Channel 17 is also sponsoring the event.
"This being our 15th year, the Alumni Association is truly excited to host the Bakersfield community for a night of wine, beer, music and networking," said Shannon Hill, Alumni Relations Director. "Students need our help more than ever and I can't think of a better setting than Alumni Park during the Jazz Festival to enjoy what CSUB has to offer."
Last year's Party in the Park raised $8,000, which was awarded as scholarships to two CSUB students. One of those students, Devon Lendsey, is a single dad from Antelope Valley who has been commuting to Bakersfield to earn his master's in public administration. He will graduate this June with a 4.0 GPA. The scholarship, he said, has allowed him to stay overnight in Bakersfield when necessary so he could spend more time studying and less time commuting. Family members care for his daughter when he is at school.
"It was absolutely critical to get this scholarship or else it would not have been possible to earn this degree," Lendsey said. "My interest is to move into a career in economic development working for a public or nonprofit agency that deals in the area of financing for small business. I want to help others realize their goals and ambitions."
Tickets for Party in the Park are $50 before April 27 and $60 at the event. Package prices for Party in the Park and the Bakersfield Jazz Festival are $80 for Friday night and $100 for the full weekend. (Visit www.bakersfieldjazz.com for more on the music festival.) For more information and tickets for Party in the Park, visit www.csub.edu/alumni or call 661-654-3211.
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