PVCC Receives Large Donation

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

November 2, 2005

Applause by a group excited by a $1.2 million donation for the college.

"That's going to mean great things for the college, for the students, for the community. It will mean a science building with state of the art labs. It will mean an expanded health science program," said PVCC President Frank Friedman.

The donation by the Kluge-Moses foundation sets the stage for an exciting new science building named in their honor. The building will house science classes that will feature among many others, courses in winemaking.

"Gathering this type of enthusiasm and creating a label for us for the growing industry was very important," said Patricia Kluge.

Patricia Kluge and William Moses co-own the Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyard. Their passion for both winemaking and the area's youth lead them to make this donation.

"One of the best resources in Albemarle County are its people, especially its young people. More of those young people we can entice to stay here and move up ladders of profession, the better," said William Moses.

In the end, Kluge and Moses hope this money will shape the future for winemaking in this region.

"Virginia is going to be recognized as a serious, and very major wine region in the U.S., like Napa, Washington, and Oregon," said Kluge.

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