Parks, a Houston lawyer and wine enthusiast, donated a portion of his extensive collection to the college, which became the foundation for this unique educational resource.
Additionally, a grant from the Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation has expanded the late legal eagle’s legacy by creating the Fred Parks Board Room featuring the remainder of Park’s personal wine collection.
“Fred’s philosophy was to promulgate wine to the average person. I think he would be proud of what we are doing,” said Kevin Simon, director of the Fred Parks Wine Cellar.
High Definition television screens, gourmet catering and seating for up to 30 people make the boardroom a sought-after spot for social events.
“This beautiful addition to the college will be the setting for meetings, receptions, wine tastings or intimate meals prepared by our executive chef,” Simon said. “Guests can choose from featured menus and have available to them a host of fine and rare wines.”