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Giving Voice to the Wine Festival

February 2014

Vino. Wein. When it comes to the St. Ambrose Wine Festival, Tom Vaccaro '76 speaks all languages.

"I do publicity for the event," said Vaccaro. "We come up with different twists and angles to keep the media interested in donating support."

Vaccaro can't remember exactly when he became media chair for the annual event. "It's gone by in a blur," he said.

Vaccaro makes sure all the newspapers, TV channels and radio stations in the QC and beyond are informed about the festival, the available wine and the scholarships the event helps to fund.

"He gives the festival a wider reach," said Director of Alumni Engagement Anne Gannaway. "It's nice how I can always depend on him. He works hard but is the least likely to receive a lot of recognition."

Vacarro said working on the festival is his way of giving back to his alma mater. "I loved my years at Ambrose," said Vaccaro. "It's so exciting to be back on campus and to give back to the campus. It's a source of pride to know I'm a part of it."

This year's events will also mark Dimitri Papageorgiou's 30th year of selling wine in the QC. The annual preview dinner is April 12 in the Rogalski Ballroom. The main event is May 17 outside on the lawn between Davis and Ambrose halls.

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