HOT WHEELS AT WESTMINSTER
August 20, 2006
The Salt Lake Tribune
By Judy Magid
Exhibit of classic motorcycles revs up scholarship drive
A wild bunch in motorcycle leathers and tattoos rushed the grounds at Westminster College on Aug. 5 to be first to behold "Wheels at Westminster," a classic motorcycle event and exhibit of 50 bikes to raise money for scholarships at the school. Newsweek magazine's Kaplan College Guide of America's Hottest Colleges named Westminster one of the "367 Most Interesting Schools" in the nation.
The 500 guests were awed by the bikes bearing great names: Harley Davidson, Norton, Moto Guzzi, Yamaha, Indian, BMW, Ducati and Triumph. Biker movie legends - Marlon Brando, Ann-Margret, James Dean, Cher - were in the Dolores Doré Eccles Health, Wellness and Athletic Center via supersized posters, 28 by 30 feet, provided by Vision International.
"The décor was a definite 'wow' factor," event planner Jane Campbell reported, adding, "Ann-Margret was wearing leopard-skin boots."
The major "wow" was $300,000 added to scholarship funds.
Mojitos were the beverage of the evening, and Utah Food Service offered everything from meatloaf and garlic mashed potatoes to Asian peppercorn-crusted seared Ahi tuna, Tuscan seared beef tenderloin and grilled calamari with sun-dried tomatoes. Desserts were by Gastronomy Inc.
John and Ginger Giovale, Julie and Jim Hackett, Jane and Jack Campbell, Mary Lou and Allan Arveseth, Judith Billings and Tom Billings, Curt Crowther, Phil Riesen, Tony Sweet, Martha Barton, Bing and Judy Fang, Susan Glasmann and Richard Dudley, Pat Reedy, Nancy Michalko, Westminster College President Michael Bassis and Mary Bassis.