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Hospitality management hosts fundraiser for scholarship money

 

Raise your glasses, local Oxonians; it’s that time of the year again.

The 4th annual Square Toast for Scholarships is quickly approaching, and faculty and students in the hospitality and management program are fervently preparing. 

Square Toast for Scholarships is a walking wine- and food-tasting event spread across several restaurant and business venues on the historic Oxford Square.  

First started in 2008 by two faculty members and three students, this event raises scholarship money for students in the hospitality and management program.  

Event coordinator and instructor Jeremy Roberts is hoping this year’s event reaches its goal of $35,000.  

“Square Toast for Scholarships started because we were looking for a way to do an event to raise money for students in the program,” he said. “No other department really does an event like ours, an event that raises money for our own students. The fact that we’re actually in our fourth year is a success in itself.”

Thus far, Square Toast for Scholarships has raised $38,000 in scholarship money. 

Senior hospitality and management major Caitlyn Gracey is an intern for this year’s event and Roberts’ assistant coordinator.  

“We start planning in the summer, so it’s a long process,” she said. “We get hands-on experience to prepare us to host a real event.”

On the night of the event, participants check in at the registration table on the courthouse lawn, where they receive a wine glass and a list of vendors around the Square. The Square transforms into one large restaurant, complete with different foods and specialty wines. 

A silent auction will also be held on the courthouse lawn, with items from local artists and authors, hotel and casino packages, autographed memorabilia and various other gifts. 

For senior hospitality and management major Macy Rea, it’s her first year to assist and attend Square Toast for Scholarships.  

“Just selling the tickets to individuals in the town lets us put our name out there and shows professionalism,” she said. 

Gracey and Rea are two of 31 students enrolled in NH312, a semester-long hospitality and management course created specifically for Square Toast for Scholarships. Roberts instructs and oversees the class by placing students in various groups. He gives the students “ownership” of the events by allowing them to plan and lead, to see if it’s something they really want to do later on.

This year’s Square Toast for Scholarships is on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 9 p.m.  Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door.

So if a night on the Square is your cup of tea (or perhaps, “glass of wine”), Square Toast for Scholarships is definitely an event you don’t want to miss.