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Raise Your Glass to Local Charities at the Rotary Club Wine Gala

Raise your glass to local and international charities at the Rotary Club of Wilmette Harbor Wine Gala on Thursday, May 17 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Fresh Market, 3232 Lake Avenue in Wilmette.

Tickets are only $25 per person for admission to the premiere fundraising event, which invites participants to sample a wide range of fine wines paired with delicious appetizers, and bid on exciting travel and entertainment opportunities.

Pay in advance by sending a check to
Wilmette Harbor Rotary Foundation
c/o John Jawor
1101 Merrill St., Unit M2
Winnetka, IL 60093

Or, call 847-564-7221 (cell-847-502-0881) or email for tickets.

Fresh Market and its wine distributors absorb most of the costs of the event, keeping admission prices low while sending most of the proceeds directly to charity, according to Wilmette Harbor Rotary Club President Rob Davis.

“With great support from Fresh Market, we take the proceeds of a fabulous evening out in Wilmette to give a much-needed boost to organizations that help needy children and families,” Davis said.

“Now, in our fourth year, this wine gala has become established as a must-attend evening in the North Shore,” Davis said. “Once again, we expect to sell out our 300 tickets for the gala.”

The Fresh Market will close early to the general public on the evening of the event and then re-open for the gala. The gourmet grocer will offer samples of more than 40 varieties of wine paired with mouth-watering hors d'oeuvres, said Jawor, event committee chairman. Attendees receive a discount of up to 15 percent on wine purchases made that night, he said.

To add to the fun of the evening, the Wilmette Harbor Rotary Club will also offer a silent auction with a chance to bid on exciting travel and entertaining opportunities including a week's stay in a lovely Seabrook Island, South Carolina vacation getaway.

About Rotary
Rotarians are volunteers who work locally, regionally and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.

Learn more about the Rotary Club of Wilmette Harbor at

The local service providers the Rotary Club of Wilmette Harbor supported in 2011 included Kids Against Hunger, Alliance for the Great Lakes, Between Friends, Connections for the Homeless, Family Matters, Family Service Center, Haven for Youth, J.J.'s List, Loyola Academy, Literature for All of Us, Links, Meals at Home, Music Institute of Chicago, Northwestern Special Olympics, Orchard Village, Samaritan Counseling, Susan G. Komen, and the Oakton Education Foundation. The Wilmette Harbor Rotary Club also sponsored these international charitable organizations: Ak'tenamit, Third Millennium Alliance, End Polio Now, and Shelter Box.

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