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Bitner Vineyards to host ‘Bud to Blossom’ fundraiser

Bitner Vineyards in Caldwell is set to host the inaugural “Bud to Blossom” event, a celebration aimed at raising funds for The College of Idaho’s Taste of the Harvest Scholarship. “Bud to Blossom” will be held from noon to 5 p.m. May 5 at Bitner Vineyards, located at 16645 Plum Road in Caldwell. Adult tickets may be purchased for $20 in advance at http://growlocalusa.com or for $25 at the door. For more information, call Silvia Marroquin at (208) 350-3283 or visit the Bitner Vineyards website.

“Bud to Blossom” will celebrate vineyard owners Ron and Mary Bitner’s new “Worker Bee” wine series, which is dedicated to Ron Bitner’s passion for entomology as well as Mary Bitner’s Hispanic heritage and the hard-working field hands who harvest the wine grapes. Guests will receive a signature “Bud to Blossom” wine glass and enjoy wine tasting, food, live music, hourly vineyard tours, local vendors, a prize raffle and an opportunity to vote on the label artwork for the “Worker Bees” series of wines. Several local artists are competing to have their work featured on the label.

The “Bud to Blossom” event is co-sponsored by Grow Local USA. All proceeds will be donated to the Taste of the Harvest Scholarship, a fund created by the Bitners in 2001 to provide first-generation college students from families of migrant farm workers a chance to reach their full academic potential. Ron Bitner is a 1968 College of Idaho graduate and current member of the C of I Board of Trustees.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.