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An Evening of Sensory Delights to Benefit French, German Programs

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Practice your world language toasts at a unique wine and beer tasting on April 12 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gallery One Visual Arts Center in Ellensburg. The event, which features libations from France, Germany, and Washington State, will fund scholarships for students in French and German studies at Central Washington University.

"We hope to raise at least $4,000 for scholarships," said Marji Morgan, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. Morgan, who is hosting the event with World Languages Professors Nathalie Kasselis, Michael Johnson, Laurie Moshier, and Natalie Lefkowitz, says the benefit will highlight some of the remarkable cultural offerings from France and Germany.

Guests will enjoy French and German delicacies prepared by Chef Oscar Guitron of the Yellow Church Café. The menu includes hearty appetizers such as German mini-pastrami sliders and French Brie en croute.

There will be a silent auction, in which bidders can vie for, among other things, a week for six in a Sun Valley, Idaho resort home and guest house, donated by Linda Duper and Steve Willard, generous supporters of CWU. In addition, French, German, and Theatre Arts students will provide musical entertainment.

“This promises to be a spectacular evening!” enthused Morgan. “You will be able to experience French wine, German beer—and help our students succeed at the same time.”

Tickets must be purchased in advance. The benefit is $35 per person and is tax-deductible. Tickets are available at Wildcat Tickets,, or by calling 509-963-1429. Tickets will not be available at the door. For more information, contact Barbara Hodges at 509-963-1400 or by e-mail,

Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,