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UNLVino Founders Larry Ruvo and Dr. Jerry Vallen Honored

By Dianne R. Davis

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Larry Ruvo, Dr. Jerry Vallen, and Dean Stowe Shoemaker Photo Credit: UNLV Photo Services

The founders of UNLVino, Larry Ruvo and Dr. Jerry Vallen, were honored in February at the UNLV men’s basketball game vs. New Mexico at Thomas & Mack Center. The duo was recognized for their influential role in raising millions of scholarship dollars for students in the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration.

Ruvo, Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada’s Senior Managing Director, and Vallen, the founding dean of the hotel college, started UNLVino in 1974 as a humble wine tasting fundraiser. It has now evolved into a four day food and wine festival, and will celebrate its 40th anniversary as Nevada’s original wine event April 9-12, 2014. 

Kevin Page, John White, Michael Severino, Dr. Jerry Vallen, Larry Ruvo, Tina Kunzer-Murphy, Stowe Shoemaker Photo Credit: UNLV Photo Services

Ruvo and Vallen were presented with honorary game basketballs and joined by UNLV Executive Vice President and Provost, John White; Athletic Director, Tina Kunzer-Murphy; NSHE Board of Regents Chairman, Kevin Page; William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration’s Dean Stowe Shoemaker; and Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada’s Director of Marketing & Events, Michael Severino.

Tickets are now on sale for the 40th UNLVino, and can be purchased by visiting UNLVino.



Published on Feb 25, 2014

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