Rotary to host wine tasting, live auction

For the 11th year in a row, the Coon Rapids Rotary Club is sponsoring its annual wine tasting – live auction evening.

Display of 100 bottles of wine awarded at the 2011 “Pop-a-Cork” event at the Coon Rapids Rotary Club’s annual wine tasting - live auction evening.

Display of 100 bottles of wine awarded at the 2011 “Pop-a-Cork” event at the Coon Rapids Rotary Club’s annual wine tasting – live auction evening.

The event will take place Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Harvest Grill Event Center at the Bunker Hills Golf Course.

Festivities start at 6 p.m. and tickets, only $20 each, are available at the door.

The event includes free appetizers and free wine tasting.

Noted artist Tony Garry will provide live music throughout the evening.

As they have in the past, the Rotarians have assembled quite a lineup of live auction items.

The list features a one- week stay in Scottsdale, Ariz., a one-week stay at Breezy Point, a tandem sky dive at Skydive Twin Cities, a lobster dinner for six, Gopher hockey tickets, Timberwolves basketball tickets, a German dinner for six, exceptional wines and a money jar stuffed with hundreds of dollars.

As in past years, club member Scott Schulte will handle the chores as auctioneer.

At a little slower pace, there’s a silent auction with dozens of items ranging from Gopher basketball tickets to carpet cleaning to a $250 savings bond.

There’s also the popular “Heads and Tails” game with cash prizes to the winners.

Back by popular demand is the “Pop-a-Cork” for $10 and get a bottle of good wine, possibly a bottle of very, very expensive wine.

Event underwriters include Hi-Ten Service Center, Hubmer, Ovik & Enstad LLC, Mercy-Unity Hospitals Foundation, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Northeast Bank, 21st Century Bank, First Advantage Bank, Coon Rapids Chiropractic, Integrated Real Estate Services, Dave and Lonni McCauley and Mel and Doris Schulte.

Money raised from last year’s event was distributed to over 20 local organizations by the Coon Rapids Rotary Foundation.

“We’re working hard to do an even better job this year,” said Event Chairman Douglas Hutchings.

“Our community partners are heavily stressed by the slow economy.

“As a service organization, our Rotary club is committed to doing as much as we can to help.

“Our sponsors have been tremendous and helping us put this event together.”

Hutchings is expecting a record turnout for this year’s event, he said.

“The Harvest Grill Event Center is a wonderful and exciting venue and we’re sure that alone will attract some newcomers,” Hutchings said.

“Easier parking will help as well. We’re sure you’ll have a great time so call your friends and come on out for an evening of fun.”

The Coon Rapids Rotary Club meets every Monday at noon at the Harvest Grill.

For more information about the event, call McCauley at 763-757-2517 or drop by the Harvest Grill and attend one of the club’s Monday noon meetings.

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