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MBA Class of 2008 pledge support for Cass

MBA alumni raise funds for scholarship

Cass alumni from the Full Time MBA class of 2008 hosted a wine tasting evening on Friday 11 March, to raise funds for their Class Gift initiative. As part of this initiative they have pledged to raise £10,000 over three years in support of a scholarship that will be awarded to an MBA student.  The wine tasting evening was just one of the many fundraisers that they have organised.

The Full Time MBA class of 2008 are the first alumni class in the history of Cass to have started a Class Gift initiative wherein students from a particular class get together to raise funds for the school via variety of fundraising events. The Class Gift enables classmates to give as a year group, focusing on a project selected by them, laying foundations for future generations and leaving a lasting legacy to the School.

The evening consisted of teams of up to three people submitting wines from the chosen category of Italian red wines. The teams had to choose one type of wine and enter three bottles, two for covering and numbering for blind tasting, and the third for prizes.

During the tasting participants tried each wine and rated their favourite and least favourite wine.  The results were then compiled and there was a tie between the two winning teams.  Interestingly, both winning teams brought wines from Montepulciano; Gasper Svetlik and Alexey Eremenko brought a Sangiovese from the Blossom Hill winery and Caroline Jarvis and Nicolas Michaelides brought a Merlot from the Umani Ronchi winery.  Both teams split the remaining bottles of wine as a prize for winning the competition. 

Paola Barbarino, Director of Development and External Relations at Cass says: "Class Giving is a real milestone for the School, a truly pioneering effort for which we are very grateful. We look forward to Class Giving becoming an established tradition.'' 

The wine tasting was followed up with a series of social activities over the same weekend. The cohort has raised £4500 in total already.

Caroline Jarvis, one of the founding members of the Class Gift initiative and now a private banker at Kleinwort Benson, says: "Some people attend business school to get ahead; they don't realise that it's a lifelong relationship, not only with your classmates and teachers but with the alumni who have come before you and the students who will come after you.  Participating in the Class Gift helps tie people to that extended community." 

Katherine Kern, also from the Full Time MBA class of 2008 and a client manager at Dunnhumby added: "Participating in the Class Gift is another way for our classmates to stay connected with Cass.  It is also an excellent way for us to give back to our community.  Our class has decided to use the funds for a scholarship and since we get to choose the scholarship criteria, we can encourage the creative and dedicated students we would like to see joining the Cass community." 

If you would like more information on Class Giving please contact the Cass Development Office on 020 7040 8674 or email 

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