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Apr 09 2012

NYIT to Celebrate 15 Years of Supporting Scholarships at 2012 Gold Coast Classic

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New York, N.Y. (April 9, 2012) — New York Institute of Technology will celebrate 15 years of student scholarship support while honoring distinguished culinary and oenological leaders at its 2012 Gold Coast Classic on Thursday, May 3, at the Ritz Carlton in New York City. The event, which has raised more than $5 million for NYIT students since 1997, features silent and live auctions for exclusive wine and dining experiences as well as entertainment, sports, fashion, and travel lots.

“It’s a great privilege to give NYIT students the support they need at such an exceptional event,” said Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., president of NYIT. “Gold Coast gives us a way to give the NYIT community the opportunity to donate while experiencing the finest wines and dishes prepared by top vintners and chefs.”
 
“The Gold Coast Classic is an event that values and recognizes excellence,” said Richard Elia, publisher of the Quarterly Review of Wines (QRW), which co-hosts the event. “For the past 15 years, NYIT students, professional oenologists, chefs, and wine and food journalists across the world have been the recipients of the extraordinary generosity of our many donors and guests.”
 
In addition to raising money for student scholarships, the evening will feature a cocktail reception, live entertainment, and a three-course dinner prepared by the executive chef at the Ritz Carlton. 
 
Another highlight of the evening is Elia’s presentation of Professional Excellence Awards to individuals whose contributions, innovations, and accomplishments have helped shape the world of fine wine and cuisine. A committee of industry experts, including world-renowned auctioneer David Reynolds, Elia, and President Guiliano, nominated this year’s honorees, who include: Chef Daniel Bruce of the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf and creator of the Boston Wine Festival; winemaker Chuck Wagner, co-founder of  Caymus Vineyards in Napa Valley, CA; wine critics Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, who have written for some of America’s leading newspapers and from 1998 to 2009 wrote the weekly wine column, “Tastings,” for The Wall Street Journal.  The pair has also co-authored four books about wine. 
 
To attend the event or for sponsorship, ticket sales, and auction lot donation information, contact Lisa Moore at 516.686.7644 or goldcoast@nyit.edu.
 
About NYIT
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers 90 degree programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, in more than 50 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has 14,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. NYIT sponsors 11 NCAA Division II programs and one Division I team. 
 
Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, 89,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit nyit.edu.
 
About QRW
For more than 35 years, QRW has been one of the premier magazines covering food, wine, and travel. For more information, visit qrw.com.
 
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