Wine and beer tasting to raise money for Rotary Club

Date Published: 
May 30, 2014

This Saturday, beer and wine lovers will have the opportunity to sample some tasty libations, for the sake of a good cause. On Saturday, May 31, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Southern Sussex Rotary will host a craft beer and wine tasting at Costa Ventosa Vineyard & Winery near Whaleyville, Md.

“This is our first event as a wine tasting. We’ve never done this before. We’re trying to branch out and try new things,” explained Brendan Garfield Crotty, head of PR and marketing for the Southern Sussex Rotary. “A couple of the club members were brainstorming… We just wanted to branch out, thought we’d do a spring event, and this was one of the ideas that came up.”

Tickets to the event costs $15 per person, for a choice of a craft beer tasting or wine tasting, as well as hors d’oeuvres. During the evening, attendees will have the chance to win a 50/50 raffle and a basket of cheer.

“Cole Haden will also be performing and providing entertainment for the evening,” said Crotty.

The event, which had sold approximately 50 tickets as of early this week, will benefit the Jackie Pavik RYLA Scholarship Foundation, Easter Seals and other local Rotary projects.

“Jackie’s mother was becoming president of our Rotary Club when [Jackie] passed away. Many Rotarians wanted to do something. Jackie wanted to go to our Rotary Youth Leadership Awards,” explained Crotty. “RYLA is a two-day leadership program for kids who are in high school. The goal of that is that they come out with tools to help them become leaders in their school, college, and use those tools in society.

“The goal of that scholarship when we are fully funded is to send one to two high school students every year to RYLA,” he noted. “The scholarship is honoring her memory and a long-term commitment and project for us.”

Crotty said Southern Sussex Rotary currently has more than a dozen members and is actively involved in the community in various aspects.

“Every year, we give dictionaries for third-graders. We did that last fall but added one other component: we donated Spanish-English dictionaries to 50 kids in the Spanish-immersion program at John M. Clayton,” he said. He said that, in past programs dictionaries had been donated for an adult English-as-a-second-language program, “and we had some extra ones. My son is in the emersion program, and when the idea was brought up, I thought it was an awesome idea.”

The Rotary also donates camper-ships to Boy Scouts and Camp Farley, as well the Delaware Burn Camp at Camp Barnes. The club rings the bell for the Salvation Army during Christmastime and distributes homemade cookies to area police officers.

“We are looking and applying for a grant to do our second beach-accessible wheelchair this year. We haven’t received the grant yet, but it would be a handicapped accessible wheelchair that would be on the Fenwick beach,” added Crotty, noting that the Rotary was able to donate another wheelchair five years ago through a similar grant.

Rotary is a world-wide organization whose purpose is development of fellowship and understanding among the business and professional men and women in a community, the promotion of community betterment, high standards in business and professional practices, and the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace.

According to its website, “The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprises and, in particular, to encourage and foster the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; high ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations as an opportunity to serve society; the application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life; the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world of fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.”

Those who are interested in joining the Southern Sussex Rotary are encouraged to attend one of the club’s 7:30 a.m. meetings in The Atrium at Brandywine Assisted Living in Fenwick Island.

“You build good bonds and strong relationships with the club. We meet every week and do activities together. There are club members I might not have run into ever, and I’ve have a chance to make some great friendships.”

Crotty said he hopes people in the community will attend the event to enjoy good drink, food and company.

“We hope we have a good time and a lot of people come out,” he said. “We also wanted a social event where people could come meet Southern Sussex Rotary and just have a nice evening. It should be a lot of fun.”

For more information, contact Crotty at (302) 858-3234 or by email, at Costa Ventosa Vineyard & Winery is located at 9301 Whaleyville Road, near Whaleyville, Md.