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Area Businesses Gather to Wine and Dine Patrons at Cal Poly Pomona

Money from the event will help fund scholarships for students.

Hundreds of guests came out to Cal Poly Pomona Sunday afternoon for the Southern California Tasting and Auction, which raised funds for scholarships at the school.

"Proceeds will benefit Cal Poly Pomona and its 21,000 students with scholarships and academic enrichment opportunities," said event organizer Donna Holman in an earlier interview with Diamond Bar Patch. "The event also highlights the university’s invaluable impact and contributions to the region."

Tents were set up around the Cal Poly Pomona Rose Garden, with restaurants, bakeries, wineries, and breweries handing out samples. Panda Inn served honey walnut shrimp and a spicy beef salad, while Suite 106 Cupcakery offered red velvet cupcakes. Hangar 24 served its famous orange wheat beer, and the Melting Pot handed out small cups of milk chocolate fondue with strawberries, Rice Krispies squares, and brownies. The booths spanned across a large area, which was studded with tables for guests.

A silent auction offered up several signed pieces of sports memorabilia, including an autographed shoe worn during a game by Magic Johnson. Live auction items included a VIP Day at the L.A. County Fair Races, a guitar signed by the members of U2, a signed photo collage of Muhammad Ali, and a residential study experience in Tuscany.

Music on the main stage was provided by Kenny Sara and The Sounds of New Orleans, and students performed in the Japanese Garden. Cal Poly Pomona President J. Michael Ortiz thanked attendees for coming to the fifth annual event, noting that their support was invaluable for the school.

Last year, $173,000 was raised from the event.

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