On November 6 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s National Alumni Society (NAS) will hold its annual Uncork Education event at the UAB Alumni House. Uncork Education is the NAS’s annual wine and beer tasting fundraiser for UAB scholarships. 2016 ticket prices for individuals over 35 are $60 for individuals and $100 for couples, while tickets for patrons under 35 are $40 for individuals and couples are $75. Ticket prices include bottomless beer or wine glasses so attendees can enjoy the event’s compliments all night. Tickets are available on the NAS website.
What started as a fresh new idea for a fundraiser has become one of the National Alumni Society’s most popular events. “We do one [fundraiser] in the spring and one in the fall,” said Jennifer Breland, the executive director for the NAS. “Our spring [fundraiser] was a run, a 5k- 10k, and it was pretty well established but we wanted something to compliment that. This [the wine and beer fundraiser] was something that appealed to a completely different audience.” For eight years now, Uncork Education has helped raise thousands of dollars in scholarship money for worthy students.
In addition to enjoying wine from across the globe and local beers, patrons will be presented with the newest edition to UAB’s private label, the Blazer Wine collection. Guests with a picky palate for wine will be pleased to know that the tasting will provide three red and three white wines from which to choose. Guests will also be able to partake in a silent auction, where bids include such items as romantic dinners for two or a family trip to Disney World. There are approximately 200 vendors that have donated various items for the silent auction. For the more mysterious portion of the evening, guests will be interested to know that there will be a “Mystery Box” event where numbered boxes will contain items such as jewelry and other various items priced at $50 and over.
Over time, Uncork Education has become one of the National Alumni Society’s most popular fundraisers. Last year the event raised $55,500 and the NAS hopes that number continues to grow. “I think it’s a fun evening. People can come out and have a great time with their friends and can network with each other all in the name of supporting scholarships,” said Breland.
Uncork Education will be held November 6 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at UAB’s National Alumni Society House, 1301 10th Ave. S. Ticket prices for people over 35 are $60, $100 for couples. Prices for singles under 35 are $40, couples, $75.