Monday, August 25, 2008

Tasting Wine for a Great Cause

It’s a fantastic thing when you can drink some wine, learn some new things, and help a great cause at the same time.

The Party Source is hosting a Cheers to a Great Cause event that sponsors the Krystal Pepper Memorial Scholarship Fund. The class, led by Jay Erisman, will be a two-hour tour of up and coming French winemakers and wine regions.

Krystal Pepper was a 21-year-old education major at Thomas More College. She died unexpectedly in October, 2007, from an undiagnosed congenital heart defect. After her death, her family established the scholarship at Thomas More in her memory. The scholarship fund will help other education majors like Krystal.

Michelle Lentz, Krystal’s oldest sister and wine blogger at, couldn’t be more excited. “This event is a chance for me to share my love of wine and love of my sister. I hope a lot of folks will jump on the chance to learn more about French wines and help a great cause.”

The scholarship committee has raised over $9,000 since establishing the scholarship in January. The wine tasting marks the last event of 2008, and the committee hopes to break the $10,000 mark.

The wine tasting event will be held on September 11, from 6-8 pm. Cost is $40 per person and includes a flight of wines and cheese and the wine class, with 100% of the proceeds going supporting the scholarship fund. Registration is online only and participants must be pre-registered, as seats are limited. You can learn more about the scholarship and register for the event at

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The organizing committee for the Krystal Pepper Memorial Scholarship Fund was founded after Krystal’s untimely death in October 2007. The committee consists of Krystal’s friends and family: Jennie Diedrichs, Michelle Lentz Gerl, Carrie Schultz, and Jesse Shipp. More information on the benefit dinner, upcoming events, other ways to contribute to the scholarship fund, and additional information about Krystal Pepper can be found online at

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