Walsh College Presents Annual Wine Gala for Student Scholarships at the General Motors Heritage Center in Sterling Heights

Walsh College presents its 13th annual Wine Gala, one of its largest fundraisers for student scholarships, on Friday evening, May 1, 2015, at the General Motors Heritage Center, 6400 Center Drive, Sterling Heights, Mich.

Along with the horsepower of GM’s classic vehicles, the 2015 Wine Gala will celebrate this year’s Kentucky Derby. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite Derby attire and hat. This special event will feature rare wines from private collections, a general wine tasting, delectable cuisine catered by Forte Belanger, and hand-rolled cigars. New this year will be a mint julep bar and a bourbon pie station.

The GM Heritage Center is comprised of approximately 600 cars and trucks. Concept cars and special-interest styling/performance editions are also displayed, along with significant race cars and milestone production vehicles representing GM’s product story of the past century.

“Since its inception in 2003, the Wine Gala has raised more than $700,000 for the Walsh College Scholarship Fund,” said Audrey Olmstead, vice-president and chief development officer. “The great support from our corporate sponsors, alumni, the public, and friends strengthens our ability to continue to award valuable scholarships to our students.”

All tickets are $175. An invitation-only, VIP Sponsors Reception offering advanced access to rare-wine tables begins at 6:30 p.m. General admission starts at 7 p.m.

Rare wines for the evening have been donated from the private collection of Bob Cummings, a Walsh College friend. Cummings has donated rare wines to the event since it began. Local distributors will also pour some of the latest vintages.

Co-chairs for the 2015 Walsh College Wine Gala, both residents of Grosse Pointe, Mich., are Mindy Barry, attorney, and also Scott Rice, chief operating officer, Powerlink Facilities. Rice is a Walsh alumnus.

Among the record-number of corporate sponsors for the 2015 Wine Gala are Auburn Pharmaceutical, CareTech Solutions, Clayton & McKervey, Comerica Bank, Conway MacKenzie, Deloitte, Doner, Doeren Mayhew, DTE Energy Foundation, Emagine Entertainment, Ernst & Young, Federal Mogul, Fifth Third Bank, Lear Corporation, Plastipak Packaging, Powerlink Facilities Management, PVS Chemicals, and Wealth Management Services.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit www.walshcollege.edu/WineGala or contact Andrea Richards, assistant director, Annual Giving and Stewardship, at 248-823-1204.

Walsh College Board of Trustees Appoints Scott Rice to Foundation Board of Directors

The Walsh College Board of Trustees has elected Scott Rice to a three-year team on the Walsh College Foundation Board of Directors.

Rice is the chief operating officer at Powerlink, a Detroit-based staffing, facilities management, and construction company. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration at Walsh College in 2004 and joined Link 2 Technologies in March 2003. Rice helped founder Link Howard launch Powerlink in August 2003.

Starting with just one customer and 20 employees, Powerlink has grown to more than 500 employees working at health care, education, manufacturing, and utility facilities in the Midwest. Rice has had responsibilities for every facet of the operation, from sales and marketing to operations.

He had previously succeeded in turning around two plastic injection molding plants in the automotive and consumer products industries.

His honors have included recognition as Crain’s Detroit Business’ “40-Under-40” and dBusiness’ “Thirty in Their 30’s,” both in 2012. Since 2010, he has been chair, board of directors, for Winning Futures, an award-winning, nonprofit organization. It offers school-based mentoring programs and workshops for middle- and high-school students in southeast Michigan.

Rice’s professional associations include the International Facility Management Association, Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City.

He was co-chair of the 2014 Walsh College Wine Gala, a fundraiser for student scholarships, and is a member of the College’s Golf Classic committee.

Established in 2004, the Walsh College Foundation serves as the official fundraising arm of the College. The Foundation encourages private giving and ensures the integrity of the College’s philanthropy program. It is staffed by employees of the College and led by volunteers who are business, industry, and community leaders. Walsh alumni comprise 62 percent of the 26-member Foundation Board of Directors.

WALSH COLLEGE
Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs. One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456) and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE, www.iacbe.org). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

Walsh College Raises $107,000 at Wine Gala Scholarship Benefit

Walsh College raised $107,000 for student scholarships from alumni, friends, sponsors, and the public attending its 12th annual Wine Gala at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, Mich., held earlier this month.

Total dollars raised for scholarships in the event’s history now stand at more than $700,000.

“Our deserving business students benefit directly from the generous support generated from this important event,” said Audrey Olmstead, vice president and chief development officer. “We are very grateful for the interest and commitment to the high-quality business education that is a hallmark of Walsh College.”

More than 350 people attended the event. Rare wines for the evening were donated from the private collections of Van Conway, member, Walsh College Board of Trustees, and Bob Cummings, a Walsh College friend. Cummings has donated rare wines to the event since it began.

Corporate sponsors for the Wine Gala included Auburn Pharmaceutical, CareTech Solutions, Clayton & McKervey, Comerica Bank, Conway MacKenzie, Deloitte, DTE Energy, Ernst & Young, Emagine, Powerlink, and Wealth Management Services.

For more information on Walsh College, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

WALSH COLLEGE
Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs. One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456) and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE, www.iacbe.org). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.