Good wine, good food, beautiful views – Daily bulletin


The Cal Poly Pomona campus never looks more beautiful than when it hosts the Southern California Tasting and Auction each year.

Set amid the Aratani Japanese Gardens and beautiful rose plantations nearby, the annual fundraiser hasn’t disappointed yet this year. Despite recent clouds and cool days, the sun came out and seemed to be smiling all over campus. Guests, alumni and faculty filled the designated area where delicious food was served and fine wines and craft beers poured out.

The profits from this beautiful afternoon will benefit the students of the university with scholarships and support for academic enrichment. The event started in 2008 and quickly became a success attracting over 400 guests. This success, along with the reputation of the university, contributed to the popularity of the event.

“Over the years we’ve continued to add more vendors, and it’s such a great event that the word continues to spread. Our guests loved the relaxed elegance, the tasty food and drink and the opportunity to support the university, ”said Helen Yniguez, events and auction specialist for the university.

One of the things that makes Southern California Tasting & Auction such a wonderful event, she said, is that it has the atmosphere of a special occasion where alumni and friends can come together. and enjoy each other’s company with fine food and great drinks in a beautiful part of campus. The fact that all the fun also supports the university also plays a key role.

“Profits from the event benefit Cal Poly Pomona and its 24,000 students with opportunities for academic enrichment. This year has been very special as we have partnered with The College of Hospitality Class Special Events Management, to provide students with a hands-on learning experience in Supplier Relations, Volunteer Management and Global Event Planning. They learned the details of planning an event, from organizing the gift bags to setting up the booth and dealing with vendors and guests, ”said Yniguez.


Uplanders, through its non-profit The Uplanders Club Charitable Foundation, organized a delicious “Gatsby Afternoon in Padua” several weeks ago. Each year the group organizes a fundraiser to benefit a local charity. This year that charity is the Pacific Lifeline, which helps homeless women and children.

Thanks to the efforts of members, donors and many members of the community came to the event. Kathy McElvany said it was definitely a commitment to take care. “You have opened your hearts and your wallets and because of that you will be helping to change lives,” said McElvany, president of the service club.

Uplanders is a service organization that promotes friendships through social activities and community service. He has donated to many Upland and local community nonprofits over the years, including Upland Animal Shelter, Megan’s Wings Foundation, and USO Ontario. The recent afternoon of champagne, chocolate and auction raised $ 28,000 for the Upland-based non-profit shelter. General Manager Carmen Hall thanked the club members for their support.

Members of the committee that organized the successful event included Sharon Raichelles, Kathy Kelcher, Rachel Fuente, Tammy Warner and Pat Bascom.


Tickets are still available for Upland’s upcoming Adopt-a-Soldier military banner program. The sixth annual fundraiser is set for 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at the Magnolia Recreation Center, 651 W. 15th St., Upland

Once again, Lisa Monforte is leading the event designed to help raise funds to pay for the banners that honor Upland’s active military personnel. Each banner costs $ 225 once a family submits an application to the program and is approved. Many people and companies, as well as this group, have contributed, but more is always needed. Not only are new banners installed throughout the year in May and November, but some need to be replaced.

The fundraiser, with the theme “Viva Las Vegas”, involves Casino Parties R Us. Tickets for the event are $ 60, which includes dinner, a silent auction and a hostless bar sponsored in part by The Last Name Brewing Company (formerly Dale Bros. Brewery). Other sponsors include Trader Joe’s and LaRocque Better Roofs. Send ticket requests and checks, made payable to The Upland Community Foundation, to PO Box 794, Upland, CA, 91785 or pay online at For more information call 909- 985-5429.

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