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Upper right: (from left) Jackie Winn-O'Neil '01 and Elaine Funk '68 learn more about the wine they are enjoying.
Middle left:(from left) Paul Rizzo '77, Charles '70 and Pat Genuardi, Robin Morgan, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, chat during the tasting.
Bottom right: President Pat Harker opens the evening by welcoming his guests.
A Vintage Affair
Few things in life are as pleasurable as sipping a glass of wine in the company of good friends on a balmy summer evening. Recently, President Harker invited a group of UD’s most dedicated benefactors to join him in just such an activity.
With the beautiful Goodstay Gardens as a backdrop, members of the Pillars and Signers Societies gathered for an evening of wine tasting and delicious food pairings.
The event setting was appropriate as it typified the spirit of philanthropy embodied by the evening’s guests. Goodstay House and Gardens were gifted to UD in 1968 by Ellen du Pont Wheelwright in a show of generosity that is now echoed by members of the Pillars and Signers Societies. These societies recognize donors whose lifetime giving to UD has exceeded $100,000.
“Your giving leadership is transforming this University,” said Harker to the group prior to the festivities, “and I hope you can see and feel its influence as I can.”
Paul Rizzo ’77, a UD alumnus and head of the elite Legacy Division of Southern Wine and Spirits of Delaware, led the guests through the food and wine pairings, which included selections of both whites and reds. Guests enjoyed the settings of the Turkey Rock Garden, the former Greenhouse Garden and the Peony Garden while learning about the various wines and the rationale of pairing them with certain foods.
The event was the University’s annual celebration of the Pillars and Signers Societies members and their generous leadership.
Article by Shannon Pote
Photos by Evan Krape