MISSION IN A BOTTLE
Since that inaugural success, NYIT’s Gold Coast Classic has been synonymous with global education and academic success for many in the food and wine industry.
Drew Nieporent of Myriad Restaurant Group, winner of the 2004 Professional Excellence in Culinary Award, is no stranger to supporting worthy causes, as demonstrated by his involvement with organizations such as Citymeals-on-Wheels, Share Our Strength for ending childhood hunger in America, and City Harvest. “I don’t care if times are good or bad, we’re always going to get behind the right charities, and the Gold Coast Classic is a spectacular event,” he says. “We’re happy to be involved and raise money for students.”
Mary Ewing-Mulligan, author of several wine books and the 2009 winner of the Professional Excellence in Oenology Award, notes that the Gold Coast Classic is not only unique but entirely appropriate in the 21st century.
“Education is critical to our society’s success,” she says. “NYIT’s broad reach—not only in the United States but also abroad—makes the university and its students ideal recipients for the largesse of those who participate in the event.”
It is often NYIT students themselves who serve as the best ambassadors when it comes to demonstrating the value of an NYIT education. Many are invited to attend the event and speak to attendees directly.
“It’s important to put real faces out there to donors,” says President Guiliano. Students, he adds, can describe the power of giving better than anybody.
“Whether it’s building the next great skyscraper, transforming space travel, or becoming doctors to save lives, we are the students of the future,” said osteopathic medical student Maggie Landgrebe (D.O. ’11) to attendees of the 2009 Gold Coast Classic.
Mechanical engineering student Christopher Jewth (B.S. ’11), who spoke at last year’s event, noted how proud he was to take part in so many of NYIT’s amazing opportunities that allowed him “to explore my intellectual interests and understand the world. All of this was made possible by scholarships.”
Prince Robert of Luxembourg, vice president and managing director of Domaine Clarence Dillon and winner of the 2006 Professional Excellence in Oenology Award, sums up the spirit of the Gold Coast Classic by noting the role of NYIT’s mission in guiding students through the 21st century:
“Higher education goes beyond grades and includes developing one’s ideas, aspirations, and defining a future role in society.”
Interested in attending this year's Gold Coast Classic? Do you have a special item or service you're willing to auction in the name of student scholarships? Call 516.686.7880 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. This year's event will be held on May 3 at the Ritz-Carlton Battery Park in New York City.