Rotary Club of Columbia Patuxent Tour de Vines Event
On April 11th, the Rotary Club of Columbia Patuxent hosted its annual Tour de Vines event, to raise funds from which the Club awards grants to local non profits.
Recent recipients include: Bridges to Housing, Bright Minds, Columbia Festival of the Arts, Columbia Orchestra, Columbia Pro Cantare, Community Action Council, Compassionate Friends, Disaster Aid USA, Fidos for Freedom, Howard County Library, Frisky’s Wildlife, Gilchrist Hospice, Grassroots, Hope Works, Howard County Conservancy, Howard Police Foundation, James’ Place, Living in Recovery, MD State Dental Association Foundation, National Family Resiliency Center, Neighbor Ride, Pets on Wheels, Silhouette Stages, the Dictionary Project, Howard Hospital Foundation, Winter Growth, YMCA, and Young Audiences of MD. You can see how far and wide we are able to reach due to the generosity of our friends and supporters.
Local restaurants gave generously of their food and service. Many thanks to Tino’s Italian, Maggiano’s, Classic Catering, Outback Steakhouse, Hudson Coastal, Eggspectation, Edible Arrangements, Modern Market, Seasons 52, Ranazul, and Smokin’ Hot. Hysteria supplied the beer. Wines from around the world were sampled, music enjoyed, and the thrill of the raffles kept everyone abuzz.
What a fun event!! At a price of $60, all of this, plus amazing fellowship were enjoyed at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center. We transformed the venue into a beer garden, cozy speakeasy, and warm and welcoming tour of the world with wines.
Rotarians are amazing people anyway, with service above self as a motto with which they live their lives. When you get a group of them together, tremendous things happen.
So our event was from 6 to 9pm.
We gathered at noon to move chairs, furniture, and everything that otherwise sits in the Center. We cleaned wine glasses, put tables together, dressed them, put together center pieces, filled wheel barrels of cheer, set up raffle stations, helped restaurants in and to unload. Transformation happened in front of our eyes. And then, when it was all over, gathered trash, broke down boxes and everything we had put together. I go through this detail because we often say, that we get more done from 7:30 – 8:30 am on Friday mornings when we meet, than most people do in a day.
We work together, we play together, and we truly and deeply care for each other, and have fun. While I am moved to write because of this amazing event, I find myself writing more about who we are together. If you’d like to find out, join us on a Friday morning for a meeting. You’ll be amazed at how warmly you are greeted, and how much you will want to be part of who we are and what we do.
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