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Wine 101 Brings Education, Fun, Funds to ISS

The ISS Parents Association hosted a wildly successful Wine 101 on October 3, giving participants the chance to return to “school” and experience an educational, entertaining evening centered around the topic of wine.

Approximately 200 guests took wine-related classes from ISS teachers and alumni while enjoying wine tastings and hors d’oeuvres. In keeping with Indian Springs tradition, the event also included a Town Hall Meeting featuring a lecture from wine expert Clark Smith '69 on “Winemaking for Dummies.” After attending classes, guests packed the library for an evening-ending “graduation” complete with coffee, desserts and a silent auction.


A first-time event and near sell-out, Wine 101 raised more than $30,000 for the ISS Annual Fund, which supports need-based scholarships, student activities, faculty salaries and updates to campus facilities.


“The Parents Association is absolutely thrilled with the success of Wine 101,” says Ruth Bean, chair of the Wine 101 Planning Committee. “We were pleased to put on an event that showcased the impeccable talent of our faculty and alumni and raised funds for a tremendous cause. I am grateful to the parents, faculty, staff, parents, local restaurants, caterers, companies and other friends who worked together to make the event such a hit. Special thanks also goes to International Wines and WineSmith for providing the wines for the evening.”


The Wine 101 Planning Committee members were Ruth Bean, Marie Baxley, April Berry, Ellen Buffington, Caryn Corenblum, Susan Cutler, Andy Driggers, Lisa Engel, Donna Francavilla, Melinda Groover, Sally Hawley, Kristi Hicks, Anna Holmes, Kelly Kahn, Sheri Krell, Susan Lapidus, Elizabeth North, Ann Perry, Sharon Putman, Julie Ryan Tennyson, Holly Whatley, Victoria Arrand, Gisele Crowe, Melanie Kieve and Beth Mulvey.


Teachers for the evening were ISS faculty members Bob Cooper, Jonathan Horn '75, Kelly Jacobs, Melody Machen, Magalie Minaud, Bob Pollard, Diane Sheppard and Nathan Shepura '98 and alumni Clark Smith '69 and Charles Yeates '71.

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