Scholarship Money Raised
This year, close to $16,000 was raised by the Vintage Redlands event for scholarships benefiting University of Redlands students.
Held April 26, the 11th annual walking tour of downtown Redlands combined raising money with food, spirits, and shopping.
“I feel like this was our best,” Al Hernandez, Citrograph co-owner and event organizer, said. “Very few issues came up, and I think everyone had a good time.”
Vintage Redlands has become a go-to event in town, selling hundreds of tickets. Several stores opened their doors to attendees and provided food and drinks from local restaurants, wineries, breweries, and bakeries. This year, many notable members of both Town and Gown took part in the festivities.
“The president of the University, the mayor, and city councilmembers came out,” Hernandez said. “It was a good representation of the community and University coming together for a good event.”
The idea to fund scholarships at the University of Redlands came to Hernandez and co-owner Ryan Bailey after they purchased Citrograph in 2002.
“While going to our respective schools, we received some assistance from scholarships that helped get us through,” Hernandez said. “When we bought the business, we decided early on that we wanted to help someone get through their schooling as well. The previous owner, Richard Caudle, died early and unexpectedly, so we thought why are we waiting? Let’s do this.”
Three scholarships are now distributed through the Citrograph Scholarship Fund – the Richard Caudle Memorial Scholarship goes to a music student; a second scholarship is given to a business student; and a third to a graphic design student.
“We present a check for the year to the University in late September or early October,” Hernandez said. “We do other events as well; last year we worked with the city for the first time assisting with downtown events that took place in June. It helped us raise a little more money.”
To donate to the Citrograph Scholarship Fund, call 888-494-9044.