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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 or contact Andrea Richards, assistant director, Annual Giving and Stewardship, at 248-823-1204.