One of the core missions of the Viticulture and Enology Alumni Association is providing support to the V.E. Petrucci Library. The library, embedded within the Department of Viticulture and Enology at Fresno State, is dedicated to serving the faculty and students of the Department, the interested community, and the grape, wine, and raisin industry. The library is proud to be committed to this mission, and to excel in providing reference and research services to our patrons.
The VEAA generously provides almost 100% of library funding, dollars that are available largely thanks to our annual fundraiser, A Celebration of Wine. However, declining attendance and profits have led the VEAA to choose to pause and reflect on the effectiveness of A Celebration of Wine, and to cancel the event for 2015. For the future, we are committed, in partnership, to achieving sustainable funding for this critical resource. In the short term, the suspension of A Celebration of Wine will leave a gap in our budget.
We are asking you, as supporters of the Department of Viticulture and Enology and the VEAA, to give to the V.E. Petrucci Library to help us fill the gap during this important growth period for the library.
In 2014 VEAA President Dr. Robert Wample and former Executive Committee member Pam Wample challenged the VEAA, in partnership with the Department and library, with a challenge gift of $40,000. We are pleased to announce that we were able to raise $92,330 in response to this challenge. Every dollar donated to the VEAA in 2014 was matched by this donation. making every dollar twice as valuable to the VEAA and the V.E. Petrucci Library. We are grateful to all of our supporters.
Jon Holmquist, treasurer for the VEAA, is also particularly excited by the donations from students. “Their vocal support and hard work are great to see,” Holmquist said. “The time and dollars they’ve given to this campaign shows how much students value the library, and the VEAA is pleased to continue to support and work with students for this cause.”
Donations will continue to contribute to the annual support the library receives from the VEAA endowment, which covers the cost of books, journals, technology, and the salary of a professional librarian.
Thank you for your support and generosity.