It’s a sure sign of spring when Wine & Food Festival comes around! This week, May 13-18, is full of amazing food and wine – all in the name of student scholarships.
The Wine & Food Festival has taken place for 27 years now, and in that time, it’s raised an incredible $5.9 million in net proceeds for the students of MSU Billings. Because of your support, we’ve been able to provide hundreds of scholarships – 46 in the 2017-18 academic year alone. You’ve made it possible for all those students to get a quality education at MSUB. Thank you!
Along the way, we’ve witnessed unmatched generosity from the people who come to Wine & Food Festival. Tons of volunteers, vendors and guests have turned out to support students. People like Norma Cleveland, one of the 2019 festival co-chairs, have volunteered to help pull these events off since the very beginning. Friends like Joe Heins of Heins Creative, who designs the beautiful graphics you see to promote the festival, and John Salyer of Briggs Distributing Company, who brings a huge variety of wines for you to taste, lend their services to make this fundraiser truly one-of-a-kind. And, of course, the festival just wouldn’t be the same without all the familiar and new faces who get tickets and bring their friends and families to the events. There are far too many people and organizations to name, but we are grateful for each and every one of you!
Stories like Dillon and Dani Steiger’s, our featured friends this May, are the reason we all come together for Wine & Food Festival. MSUB students whose lives have been affected by your charity share their heartfelt testimonies at every festival finale night. We hear about their trials, shed tears for them, and share in their joy when we see them succeed – all because you supported them with scholarships along the way.
I want to thank everyone who already purchased tickets for this week. There are a few left if you still want to nab a spot at these fantastic events. Our goal is to beat the $335,000 net raised last year, and we can’t do it without you! Thank you for supporting Wine & Food Festival and the students of Montana State University Billings!