[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 Collegeís 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 foundationís 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.