Torchlight | Fall 2015


A toast to Vintage ’47

Sac State’s second annual Vintage ’47 drew more than 400 Hornets eager to try exquisite wines and food from local restaurants and wineries, many of them alumni-owned and operated.

The May event raised nearly $30,000 for the University’s new Green and Gold Scholarship, which supports students of any major who have overcome adversity to succeed at Sacramento State. A silent auction hosted by the Student Advancement Council raised additional funds for the Student Emergency Fund.

Many thanks to our Vintage ’47 sponsors for making this event a success:

Vintner Level: University Enterprises, Inc.

Gourmet Level: Wells Fargo and Western Health Advantage

Wine for 2 Level: Charles Krug Winery, Drobny Law Offices, Margot and Dave Bach, Mercy General Hospital and SAFE Credit Union.

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President's Circle now benefits priority programs

The President’s Circle at Sacramento State—a giving society of alumni, friends, community members, faculty and staff—has long served as a source of support for emerging needs on campus.

This year, as President Robert S. Nelsen invites new members to become part of the President’s Circle with an annual gift, he has also elected to direct the program’s funds to support specific areas that promote student success.

Four specific areas: the Student Emergency Fund, the ASI Food Pantry, study abroad and student travel to competitions and conferences will be the designated beneficiaries.

Members can join at the Gold, Silver and Bronze Circle levels, starting at $1,500, and receive invitations to campus events and updates from President Nelsen.

For information on joining the President’s Circle, contact Tess Dyer at (916) 278-5184 or

Increase your estate planning IQ

Ep 101

Think you know all you need to know about estate planning? Think again.

The University’s Office of Planned Giving is again offering its popular Estate Planning 101 workshops, led by estate planning expert Mark Drobny.

The free workshops, which include lunch, feature an introduction to estate planning and information on such topics as: avoiding probate, planning for disability and incapacity, living trusts, inheritance planning for heirs, estate taxes and tax strategies for appreciated portfolios and real estate.

To find out how to attend an Estate Planning 101 workshop, visit Upcoming sessions are scheduled for February, April and June.

To RSVP for any workshop, visit

For more information on planned giving, contact Lisa Woodard-Mink at (916) 278-3852 or Kevin Gonzalez at (916) 278-6290.