Sept. 19, 2012
Sample glasses of the world's most famous wines were not the only thing raised Monday night at the Golden Gopher Fund's seventh-annual wine dinner. Guests of Gopher Athletics also gathered to raise funds for student-athlete scholarships.
The exclusive event, which was held at the Calhoun Beach Club, raised a Wine Dinner-record net total of $217,750 to benefit Gopher student-athletes as guests enjoyed a five-course gourmet meal paired intricately with world-renowned wines.
The evening included an appearance by University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler and his wife, Karen, as well as director of athletics Norwood Teague. Several Gopher head coaches were also on hand for the event, including Tubby Smith, Pam Borton, Don Lucia and John Anderson.
A live auction, including an exclusive dinner for 10 with Teague at the home of chef Tino Lettieri, proved to be the highlight of the evening. The dinner, which will be prepared by Lettieri and paired with wines selected by former Gopher hockey great Lou Nanne and his wife, Francine, proved to be so popular that the item was sold twice and raised a total of $56,000.
The evening ended with a final call to raise funds to endow a scholarship in the name of Michael Nanne. A total of $87,750 was raised and will help endow a scholarship for a student-athlete on the University of Minnesota men's hockey team.
To donate to the Michael Nanne Endowed Scholarship, please visit the Golden Gopher Fund page here or call the Golden Gopher Fund at (612) 626-4653.