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Rocklin, Calif.-ย– The Sierra College Foundation’s fourth annual ‘A Taste of Excellence’ raised more than $160,000 to support programs and students at Sierra College.

The event, which drew more than 450 people to the Hewlett-Packard Complex, featured more than 40 fine restaurants and wineries, as well as a silent and live auction. 

Wells Fargo sponsored this year’s affair, which has raised more than $650,000 since its inaugural event in 2005. Money raised from the event will go toward Sierra College scholarships and the campus-wide wireless Internet project.

‘We are thrilled and honored by the enthusiasm for this year’s event, and we couldn’t have done it without the help of Wells Fargo,’ said Sonbol Aliabadi, executive director of the Sierra College Foundation. ‘Because of the generosity of our community, we raised an amazing amount of money that will support our efforts to enhance students’ education at Sierra College.’

Platinum sponsors of the event were Hewlett-Packard Company, J.R. Conkey and Associates, Inc., KT Communities, Placer Ranch, Inc., Solar Power, Inc. and Vanir Construction Management, Inc.

“Wells Fargo is extremely proud to have been this year’s Taste of Excellence title sponsor,’ said Chevo Ramirez, regional vice president for Wells Fargo. ‘We are beyond excited to see that with help from the community, the Sierra College Foundation will be able to continue their commitment to helping local students by way of scholarships, student programs and technology.”

Participating restaurants included: A Chef’s Affair Fine Catering, Austins Steakhouse, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery, Blue Nami Sushi, Bootleggers Old Town Tavern & Grill, Carver’s Steaks and Chops, Crush 29, Divine Desserts by Aguirre, Hawks, Mas Mexican, Monkey Cat, Paul Martin’s American Bistro, Piatti Ristorante & Bar, Pizza Antiqua, Pullman Kitchen, Rubino’s Ristorante, Randy Peters Catering & Event Planning, Thai Basil Restaurant, The Greenhouse Restaurant, Toast and Trader Joe’s.

Participating wineries included: Anselmo Vigne, Bacio Divino Cellars, Carl Roy, Caymus Vineyards, Crocker & Starr, D.R. Stephens Estate, Elizabeth Rose, Gamba Vineyards & Winery, Halter Ranch Vineyard, Hollywood & Vine Cellars, Ladera Vineyards, Lucchesi Vineyards & Winery, m2 Wines, Nickel & Nickel Single Vineyard Wines, Niner Wine Estates, Paradigm Winery, Phipps Family Cellars, Rockledge Vineyards, Roessler Cellars, Silver Oak Cellars, The Varietal ย– Nomad, Azul Profundo, & Jarvi Tomei wines, Twomey Cellars and Wolf Family Vineyards.

The Sierra College Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization that raises money from private donors to support students, college programs and the future of Sierra College.

The Foundation gives the community the opportunity to invest in the development of quality educational opportunities. For more information, please visit or call 916-789-2920.

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