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Bounty Event Boosts Scholarships

Jun 13, 2024 11:33AM ● By Matthew Malone

Attendees at Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation’s Bounty on the Boulevard fundraiser enjoy the food, wine and company. Photo by Matthew Malone

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ELK GROVE, CA (MPG) - In support of its efforts to fund students’ education goals, Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation hosted its annual Bounty on the Boulevard fundraiser on June 2, offering a banquet of food, wine and beer from area restaurants, wineries and breweries.
Live and silent auctions featured dozens of items, and a raffle gave supporters a chance to win a “wall of wine and spirits.”
Before dinner, attendees mingled in the patio space at the District56 community center, visiting booths with free samples ranging from a tuna crudo with asparagus salad from Boulevard Bistro to a summery selection of wines from McConnell Estates Winery.
Price Eres with McConnell said he brought the winery’s sauvignon blanc, a rosé and a tempranillo because they have lighter flavors suited to a summer picnic.
The winery has participated in Bounty on the Boulevard for several years, which Eres said is because of its support for many community events.
“It’s just nice to be able to participate in local events and be able to give back a little bit,” Eres said.
Vita Sarginson was representing her company, Cannoli by Vita. She handed out Sicilian cannoli based on her mother’s recipe, the ricotta filling topped with treats like chocolate chips, pistachios or cherries.
“It’s really hard to find a good cannoli,” Sarginson said, explaining that her mother’s recipe boasts light, crispy shells and a creamy, decadent filling that is isn’t too sweet.
Sarginson has served on the Bounty on the Boulevard committee for several years. Sarginson said she contributes her time and her confections because of its effect on students who receive scholarships.
“I’ve heard kids talk about how they want to help change the course of their life and they want a better future than their parents had,” Sarginson said, noting her parents’ immigrant background. “They wanted a better life, and so that motivated them to come and work really hard and become citizens. So anybody that wants to better their life, it just really touches me.”
The guests moved indoors for a three-course dinner of ahi tuna, filet mignon and cheesecake served by Sierra Coast Catering.
The foundation invited two of this year’s scholarship recipients to speak during dinner about their plans following high school.
Madalynn Moore, who received the Elk Grove Elementary Scholarship, looks forward to attending University of California at Santa Barbara to study communications, with the goal of going into media relations.
“It means everything to me (to receive a scholarship),” the Elk Grove High School senior told the Citizen. “Of course my parents support me and my family but it’s nice to know the community also supports me and wants to see me fulfill my goals.”
Savi Sandhu, a Sheldon High School graduating senior, received the Bounty on the Boulevard Scholarship. He said in an interview that the funds made his decisions easier while making his college plans.
Sandhu will attend University of California at Davis, majoring in neurobiology, physiology and behavior on a pre-med track. Sandhu said his biggest goal in college is to maintain a 4.0 grade point average.
Asked about the opportunity to speak to fundraiser guests about his plans, Sandhu said he appreciated the uncommon opportunity.
“I feel like if I get a good start, I can keep building on top of it,” Sandhu said.