Richmond Promise invites community to spooky virtual wine tasting fundraiser

Richmond Promise invites community to spooky virtual wine tasting fundraiser
Photo by Giuseppe Anello on Scopio

A “spooky” virtual wine-tasting fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 29, will support an important effort to create a college-going and college-success culture in Richmond.

The Richmond Promise Spooky Sips Virtual Wine Tasting celebration will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Hosted by In Good Taste, participants will enjoy a guided tasting tour of a variety of California wines. Proceeds from the event, which costs $150 per ticket, will go directly to supporting the Richmond Promise scholarship fund for college and career-bound Richmond youth. To purchase a ticket, go here.

A ticket includes an individualized box of 8 wine flights and a guided tasting. Ticket sales will close Oct. 14. Your wine will be shipped to your home prior to the event. Must be 21 and over to purchase.

Richmond Promise was established by a $35 million investment from Chevron Richmond, which was part of a $90 million environmental and community investment agreement with the City of Richmond related to the Refinery Modernization Project.

Since 2016, the program has provided nearly 3,000 scholarships to graduating seniors, according to data provided by Richmond Promise. Nearly 2,000 scholars are actively attending colleges and universities nationwide. Nearly 70 percent of scholars are first-generation college students, the organization said.

The scholarships are for $1,500 and are renewable for up to four years toward attendance at a two-or-four-year college and/or Career Technical Education Certificate at any U.S. not-for-profit institution. As part of the program, student “scholars” additionally receive guidance from the program before and during their college career, whether on obtaining other sources of financial aid and on college life and academics.