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Vino Scholastico Wine Tasting Event Set to “Raise a Glass, Raise a Scholarship” for HCC Students

January 18, 2012

Maryland’s award-winning Black Ankle Vineyards to be featured

(Columbia, MD) – Vino Scholastico, a distinctive wine tasting event that raises funds for student scholarships, will be held Friday, April 27, 2012 on the Howard Community College (HCC) campus, the HCC Educational Foundation has announced.

The 2012 Vino Scholastico will feature Maryland’s award-winning Black Ankle Vineyards, who will reveal their incredible story while providing a tasting of their wines. Black Ankle co-founder Sarah O’Herron will cover the history of the vineyard and discuss key elements that go into making a world-class wine in Maryland. Established less than 10 years ago, the Mt. Airy based vineyard has won the prestigious Maryland Governor’s Cup three times out of four vintages it has released, and in 2011 was named one of the top 10 hottest small brands in the United States by Wine Business Monthly.

Vino Scholastico is presented by MICROS Systems, Inc. The event seeks to meet a growing need for financial aid for HCC students by “raising a glass, raising a scholarship.”

The pre-event featuring Black Ankle Vineyards will run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The main event, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., will offer tastings of numerous distinctive wines, gourmet hors d'oeuvres, desserts, raffle prizes, and discount prices for on-site wine orders.

Tickets are $50 for the Black Ankle pre-event, $75 for the main tasting event, and $100 for both events. All proceeds benefit the HCC Educational Foundation Scholarship Endowment Fund. Tickets are available online at or by calling 443-518-1970. Tickets also can be purchased at Decanter Fine Wines, 6420 Freetown Road in Columbia. 

Vino Scholastico is organized by the HCC Educational Foundation with support from a committee of community members chaired by Mark Kelehan, Harkins Builders, and Eric Stein, Decanter Fine Wines. Other committee members are Benjamin Bengfort, Tactical Network Solutions; Michael Canet, Prostatis Financial Advisors; Greg DesRoches, Cornerstone; Larry Elletson; Mary Hergert; Eric Lewis, BB&T; and Geoffrey McClenney, Merrill Lynch.

About HCC

Howard Community College (HCC) is a publicly funded two-year community college serving the educational needs of the citizens and employers in Howard County, Maryland since 1970. With its slogan, “You Can Get There from Here,” the college has forged a variety of partnerships to offer career and transfer programs to nearly 29,000 students annually at its main campus in Columbia, the Ecker Business Training Center, and Laurel College Center. Located midway between two major metropolitan areas, Washington DC and Baltimore, MD, Howard Community College is an affordable, community-based institution that has long been recognized for its ability to inspire learning, and the lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. Among its many awards is the prestigious U.S. Senate Productivity Award for organizational performance excellence.