Wine tasting, auctions Coon Rapids Rotary’s big fund-raiser

The Coon Rapids Rotary Club hosted its largest fund-raiser of the year at the Harvest Grill Event Center at Bunker Hills Golf Course Oct. 25.

Elizabeth Ellithorpe (left) from Phillips Wines and Spirits pours a glass of wine for Coon Rapids Rotary Club member Doug Hutchings.
Elizabeth Ellithorpe (left) from Phillips Wines and Spirits pours a glass of wine for Coon Rapids Rotary Club member Doug Hutchings.

More than 100 attended the 11th annual wine tasting and auction even though the Minnesota Vikings were playing at Mall of America Field and a baseball World Series game was on television.

According to Dan Thomsen, Rotary club president, there were both silent and live auctions as well as guessing the amount of the dollars stuffed into a money jar, plus a couple of games, Pop the Cork and Heads and Tails.

The goal was to raise more than last year’s event, which brought in a little over $13,000, Thomsen said.

All the proceeds go to organizations, projects and programs supported by the Rotary club.

Auctioneer Scott Schulte, a Rotary club member, had 15 items to auction off in the live auction.

They included a one-week stay in an executive condominium in Davenport, Fla.; tickets to University of Minnesota hockey and Minnesota Timberwolves basketball games; one-week stay at Breezy Point Resort on Pelican Lake; one-week stay in Scottsdale, Ariz.; a German dinner for six; tandem sky dive; one-half case of wine, lobster dinner for six; and estate planning preparation.

According to Rotary club member John Piper, the Pop for a Cork activity involved 105 bottles of wine for which people could pay $10 for a cork.

That ensured them the bottle which matched the number on the cork they purchased, but it also gave them a chance to win one of two high-end bottles of wine worth some $60, Piper said.

To play the Heads and Tails game, participants paid $5 for beads that they wore to indicate they were participants in the game, he said.

There were two head and tails games with each winner pocketing a $150 prize, according to Piper.

There were also raffle items, including small and large prints, gift certificates for one-night stays at local hotels, a round of golf at a local course and baskets of items from Mercy and Unity Hospitals Foundation and Mary Kay Products.

The admission price of $20 included wine provided by Phillips Wines and Spirits and appetizers from the Harvest Grill Restaurant.

Organizations and programs supported by the Coon Rapids Rotary Club include Alexandra House, Anoka-Ramsey Community College Foundation, Anoka Technical College Scholarship Foundation, Boy Scout Troop 516, Coon Rapids Community Scholarship Association, Coon Rapids Snowflake Days, Coon Rapids Crime Prevention Association, Coon Rapids High School Senior All-Night Party, Emma B. Howe YMCA, Feed My Starving Children, Free To Be, Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, Mediation Services of Anoka County, Mercy and Unity Hospitals Foundation, Northern Stars Ball, Relay for Life, Salvation Army. Anoka-Hennepin School District 11 writing contest and dictionary project and Stepping Stone Emergency Housing.

Event underwriters included Alliance Title, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Anoka Technical College, Central Bank, Coon Rapids Chiropractic, First Advantage Bank, Helgen Law Firm, Hubmer, Enstad, Ovik & Co, Ltd., IEA Institute and Jeff Athmann, Integrated Real Estate Services, KleinBank, Mary T, Inc., Mercy and Unity Hospitals Foundation, Northeast Bank, Doris and Mel Schulte, Scott Schulte and 21st Century Bank.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]

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