Club Event Spotlights: Pittsburgh Welcome to the Neighborhood Wine Tasting

Welcome to the Neighborhood Wine Tasting
  • Name of club: Georgetown Club of Pittsburgh
  • Leader Name: Michael Rizzi
  • School/Class Year: F'04
  • Position within club board: President
  • Programming Category: Social, Young alumni
  • Event headline: Pittsburgh Welcome to the Neighborhood Wine Tasting
  • Event description: For over seven years, the Georgetown Club of Pittsburgh has hosted an annual wine tasting in September. This event is made possible by the generosity of a local Georgetown alumnus, John Graf, (B'86), who hosts the event at the Priory Hotel, a former Benedictine Monastery that he and his family have converted into one of Pittsburgh's premier hotels. The Priory provides a night of Hoya spirit with free wine, food, and live entertainment. The event has quickly become a highlight of the year for western Pennsylvania Hoyas!
  • Event outcomes: Over 100 people normally attend the Wine Tasting event. Because of the wonderful event every September, many Georgetown alumni consider the Priory Hotel to be our "home base" in Pittsburgh, and the Club regularly hosts other events (speakers, fundraisers, etc.) there throughout the year. It's become a common meet-up location for local Hoyas. We have also invited representatives from other Pittsburgh-area alumni clubs (Harvard, Duke, etc.), who have reciprocated by inviting Hoyas to their own Club events.
  • Tips for Clubs Planning this Type of Event: Hoya-owned businesses (especially restaurants and hotels) are a great source of support for the Club. Many Pittsburgh events are true Hoya family affairs. At one recent event, there were Georgetown ties to every detail. The venue (Priory Hotel) was provided by owner/manager John Graf (B'86); catering was provided by another Pittsburgh business, Millie's Homemade Ice Cream, and owner Lauren Townsend (F'07). Door prizes were donated by Georgetown alumni in the local business community. And the featured speaker was a Georgetown alum. Never underestimate the generosity of Georgetown alumni. Many Hoya-owned businesses consider Club events to be a great way to promote themselves to the local alumni community as well as give back to their alma mater.