Walsh College held their first annual Spring Soirée at the Royal Oak Farmers Market on Friday night in support of the Walsh College Scholarship Fund. The event was a chance for students and faculty to mingle while sampling food from local food trucks and craft beers from various local companies, including the Royal Oak Brewery, Brooks Brewing, Fillmore 13 Brewery, Sherwood Brewing Company, and Draught Horse Brewery; wine tasting from the private collections of Van Conway and Bob Cummings, food trucks Hero or Villain, the Salt & Sugar Company, Chef in a Box, and Eskimo Jack’s served their most popular dishes. It also meant that students were able to see their professors as more than just the person who had assigned them all that reading and homework and for the professors to see their students in a much more laid-back environment while providing funds for future students.
Raffle tickets were available for purchase for $20 each or 3 tickets for $50. The grand prize was six tickets to a Detroit Tigers game. Included with the tickets was shuttle service for five hours in Metro Detroit. Other prizes included growlers of beer from the various metro Detroit breweries as well as a tour of the Granite City brewery.
The new president of Walsh College, Marsha Kelliher, thanked those in attendance for contributing to the Fund. She said that the Walsh College Scholarship fund makes it possible for more students to attend Walsh College than if such a Scholarship did not exist. Judy Rinkus, whose husband is Mike Rinkus, Chief Academic Officer at Walsh College, said that she and her husband have been “supporters of the Scholarship Program for a long time.”
The fact that the weather did not cooperate did not lessen what was a very enjoyable evening for students and professors alike. Three friends, Christin, Monica and Ava seemed to be enjoying themselves and Monica, who was an accounting student who graduated said she was having a good time and the “décor and food is great.”
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