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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Grapes for Humanity creates Geddy Lee wine scholarship
6:44PM EST | comments (4) |

[Rush frontman honoured by scholarship endowment]

Grapes for Humanity is an organization that helps to raise funds to benefit humanitarian causes around the world with the assistance of the international wine community. Geddy Lee is a member of the board of directors and the organization recently voted to create a wine scholarship in his name. From Decanter (thanks Jerry):

... The board voted unanimously to create a scholarship in his name, in perpetuity, for a student of winemaking at Niagara College in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. To establish the scholarship Grapes for Humanity Canada has committed $26,500, which will be matched by the Ontario provincial government. The income will be used to provide an annual scholarship for a student in the second year of Niagara College's Wine and Viticulture Technician programme who intends to pursue a career path in winemaking after graduation. 'Niagara College is thrilled that Grapes for Humanity Canada is making this significant investment to support student learning and success, and the wine industry,' Niagara College Foundation CEO Sean Kennedy said. Toronto-based Lee, an enthusiastic wine collector, said he is proud to be associated with the foundation. 'Grapes for Humanity Canada is a unique organisation of wine lovers such as myself who have found a way to help people around the world through their passion. And as such it seems appropriate that we now provide some support for our own blossoming wine industry here at home.' The board said they decided to fund the Geddy Lee Scholarship to recognise Lee's contribution over ten years to the foundation's projects - not only financially but by giving his time and organisational skills. ...

Back in September all 3 members of Rush participated in the annual Grapes for Humanity charity auction which ended up raising more than $50,000. On the final weekend of the auction back on September 17th, about 60 wine lovers joined Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson at Union Station to take a Via Rail train to Belleville. They were then bussed to Huff Estate Winery in Bloomfield, Prince Edward County for an event featuring plenty of good wine, good food and great company. A photo gallery from the event was posted online at the Grapes for Humanity website and features plenty of great photographs of Geddy and Alex. You can check it out at this link.

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#4 - Posted 11/29/11 @12:36PM by patrush

I'M NUMBER FOUR!! SO AWESOME TO BE NUMBER FOUR!! THAT MEANS I'M REALLY QUICK.
#3 - Posted 11/28/11 @7:09AM by jupeguyowensound [contact]

Concerning the scholarship....I think it's just grape!!
#2 - Posted 11/27/11 @9:47PM by Rushian Roulette [contact]

Nice for the kids of the future, but I think that the winner each year should have to be able to name all of the Rush albums or some such contest every year as a part of the process to even qualify for the award. ;-)

I also think that Alex should have a scholarship set up for a student of Comedy (is there such a discipline?).

For Neil, hmmm, maybe a philosophy scholarship?

It's strange how people evolve (not really, I guess)...if you had asked Geddy if he'd every be associated with a wine scholarship back in the day, he'd have chuckled and said, "Well, maybe something related to beer, but wine..?"

Hope all you turkeys had a nice Thanksgiving!

RR
#1 - Posted 11/27/11 @6:54PM by Modern-Day Warrior [contact]

Maybe I should go into winemaking, if only for the sole reason of getting the Geddy Lee scholarship! Haha.

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