Ticket to Wine: 12th annual Wine Tasting & Silent Auction raises over $4,800 for student scholarships

CYA-Wine-Tasting17-9500Who doesn’t love trains? Guests got to revisit their love of the rails at the B&O Railroad Museum on Friday, May 19 for the Chapter of Young Alumni’s 12th Annual Wine Tasting & Silent Auction. Members and supporters of the UMBC community came together for a night of fundraising that raised over $4,800 for student scholarships.

The night featured remarks from Leslie Walker-Wilson ’74, psychology, past president of the UMBC Alumni Association, and Courtney B. Wilson, Executive Director of the B&O Railroad Museum.

Another highlight: a special video message from Dr. Freeman Hrabowski.

CYA-Wine-Tasting17-9223While guests mingled and ate delicious food, they listened to music from UMBC’s own Jazz Ensemble. They also had the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets and bid on silent auction items. Thanks to our local business partners, we featured packages such as Charm City Date Night and Northern MD Wine Tour.

Relive the night by visiting our Facebook album or the Pixilated photobooth gallery.

Want to help us raise more scholarship funds? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Visit giving.umbc.edu and select Give Now from the menu.
  2. Select Event when asked what prompted you to give to UMBC.
  3. Select Other from the gift designation drop-down, and add Alumni Association Scholarship – Current Use in the field below.

Thank you!


— The Chapter of Young Alumni Board

All photos by Marlayna Demond ’11 for UMBC.

And Now, a Very Important CYA Announcement…


A wafting buffet of BBQ. Walls covered with canine art. And 53 young alumni, making new friends and learning about opportunities to support the Chapter of Young Alumni (CYA). That’s just a glimpse into the awesomeness of CYA’s BBQ & Brew & Info, Too! event at Blue Pit BBQ & Whiskey Bar on January 26.

CYA is well-known for its annual wine tasting and silent auction, and this year we’re engaging young alumni with volunteer opportunities to make our fundraiser even more awesome. Folks can help us reach out to sponsors, promote the event on social media, convince all their friends to buy tickets, and so much more. Did we mention that all proceeds from the event go towards the Alumni Association Scholarship? Who’d a thought attending a fabulous event with delicious food, great wine, engaging entertainment, and an unbelievable silent auction would directly support UMBC students?

Now that we’ve got you hooked, the 12th Annual Wine Tasting & Silent Auction is Friday, May 19 from 7–10pm at the B&O Railroad Museum. Tickets are now on sale for a discounted price of $35 until March 17. Visit this page to get yours today! Everyone who purchases an early bird ticket will be invited to a thank you event on March 16 from 6-8 p.m. at the Blue Pit BBQ & Whiskey Bar. Current CYA members will be there to appreciate YOU for purchasing a ticket to this year’s Wine Tasting & Silent Auction, and let you know about some exciting ways you can get more involved in this year’s event. And of course, we’ll have plenty of food to share and your first drink is on us! Stay tuned for a registration form that will be sent to you after you purchase your tickets! (There’s motivation for you.)

We are actively soliciting event sponsors and silent auction donations from local businesses and individuals. Proceeds from the silent auction benefit current UMBC students through the Alumni Association scholarship.

Questions? Interested in volunteering, sponsoring, or donating to the silent auction? Contact Jessica Wyatt, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, at jwy@umbc.edu.

10th Annual Wine Tasting Event

Thank you to everyone who came out to the 10th Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction hosted by our Chapter of Young Alumni. By attending the event, you helped raise nearly $5,000 for student scholarships. We loved seeing you there and hope you had as much fun as we did! We’ve shared just a few photos from the event below, but we hope you’ll check out our full gallery on Flickr.

Meet the Alumni Leadership: Nicole Smith ’10

SmithN_20140529Name: Nicole Smith ’10, modern languages and linguistics (German concentration)
Employer: Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery at UMBC
Alumni leadership role: Secretary/Historian for the Chapter of Young Alumni (CYA)

Q: Where are you from originally?
The Arbutus/Lansdowne area in Baltimore County

Q: What’s your favorite UMBC memory?
Cardboard surfing! My friends and I would spread broken-down boxes in our dorm’s hallway and proceed to act like penguins for the next few hours. There’s far too many embarrassing photos…

Q: Why are you involved in an alumni chapter?
It’s a wonderful opportunity to stay connected with the campus and support current and future students. And I get to work with some of the coolest people around; it helps me stay creative.

Q: Why do you think it’s important to support UMBC?
Supporting UMBC means supporting students. Gifts to the campus don’t end up in limbo–they directly impact a student’s success, and from there, their future.

Q: If you could visit any place in the world, where would you pick?
Seal Island in South Africa (well, on a boat near it). Great white sharks will propel themselves out of the water when hunting here, and that’s pretty much the coolest thing.

Find out more about the Chapter of Young Alumni (CYA) here!

[Photos] What a wine tasting!

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the 9th annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction hosted by our Chapter of Young Alumni. By attending the event, you helped us raise more than $6,500 for student scholarships. We loved seeing you all there and hope you had as good a time as we did! We’ve shared just a few photos from the event below, but we hope you’ll check out our full gallery on Flickr.

See more photos from the Wine Tasting!