Wine. Dine. Make a Difference.

Wine. Dine. Make a Difference.
The Tasting & Auction will offer fine food, wine and auction items.

A festive celebration of tastes, sights and sounds awaits guests on Sunday, May 3, at the second annual Southern California Tasting & Auction on the Cal Poly Pomona campus. It will also be an afternoon of special access for guests who claim the one-of-a-kind items that will be auctioned off — items that cannot be purchased elsewhere at any price.

Nearly 800 university friends and alumni are expected to enjoy this convivial open-air gathering, which will take place in the picturesque setting of the W.K. Kellogg Commemorative Rose Garden and the Aratani Japanese Garden.

Once again, enticing cuisine samples from some of Southern California's most popular restaurants, as well as lively musical entertainment will be part of the afternoon. Guests also will have the opportunity to engage in spirited bidding at the silent and live auctions.

Want to tour Jay Leno's garage? Get your daughter backstage at a taping of “Hannah Montana”? Meet an eight-time rodeo world champion and watch him compete? They are among the many items that will be up for bid at the Tasting & Auction. Some other auction items include:

  • Dinner for eight with President Michael Ortiz and his wife, Betty. 
  • A private party in a house designed by famed architect Richard Neutra 
  • Naming opportunities for various sites on campus. 
  • Wine from the private collection of Distinguished Alumnus Don Huntley 
  • Expert landscaping provided by students in the College of Environmental Design 
  • The opportunity to witness the birth of a foal at the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center 
  • Dinner with the dean of the Collins College of Hospitality Management. 
  • The chance to serve as an honorary bench coach for the men's basketball team, which advanced this season to the Division II championship game  
  • A performance at your home in December by the Cal Poly Pomona Holiday Singers  
  • A signed print by architectural photographer Julius Shulman 

The auction also includes exquisite vacation packages to Hawaii, Italy and other locations; tickets to sporting events, including access to a luxury suite for an Angels game; gift baskets and even a golden retriever puppy.

Proceeds from the Tasting & Auction will benefit Cal Poly Pomona and its 21,000 students with scholarships and academic enrichment opportunities. The event also will highlight the university's invaluable impact and contributions to the region.

The Southern California Tasting & Auction is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. No one under 21 years of age will be admitted. Tickets to the Southern California Tasting & Auction are $100 per person, with multiple tickets at $75 per person, and may be purchased online at