Extravaganza of epicurean delights soon

The Coon Rapids Lions Club’s upcoming wine tasting event will take place in the Riverview Café at the Anoka-Ramsey Community College – Coon Rapids Campus.

The Wall of Wine is a popular event at the Coon Rapids Lions Club’s wine tasting fund-raiser, which will take place Feb. 23 at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.
The Wall of Wine is a popular event at the Coon Rapids Lions Club’s wine tasting fund-raiser, which will take place Feb. 23 at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

The fourth annual wine and epicurean delights extravaganza is Saturday, Feb. 23, 6 to 9 p.m.

With such a well-received and popular location, it was apparent to the organizers that the event must return to the ARCC campus, according to Lyle Goff, club first vice president.  “The Lions are happy to once again bring this important community fund-raiser back to the campus with the hopes that this year’s event will be the best one yet,” Goff said.

The event will feature dozens of wines provided by event partner MGM Liquor Warehouse of Coon Rapids from its various vendors.

In addition to the wines being sampled by the event participants, there will be appetizers from over a dozen local restaurants that will be available.

The event will also feature exhibitors offering a wide variety of products and services for everyone to examine and purchase.

There will be live music and a silent auction featuring items donated from various local businesses and individuals.

A Wall of Wine will offer attendees an opportunity to designate where a cash donation to a Lions club project will be sent.

In exchange for a $20 donation, the attendee will receive a selection from the over 80 bottles of wine that have a value from $20 to over $100.

“The Coon Rapids Lions Club hopes that you will mark your calendars so you won’t miss what hopes to be a fun and enjoyable time for everyone,” Goff said.

Tickets are $25 in advance, which covers admission to the event and allows the participant to take part in all the various wine selections and appetizers.

Tickets are available for purchase at the MGM Liquor Warehouse in Coon Rapids, at the Potbelly Sandwich Shop in Coon Rapids, from members the club and online at www.coonrapidslions.org.

Tickets will also be on sale at the door for $30.

Proceeds will go support various community projects and provide scholarships to local high school and college students.

“The club would also like to remind anyone attending to please bring their used eyeglasses and hearing aids,” Goff said.

“Those items are recycled and distributed all over the world to help in improving sight for those persons in need.

“This is another way that a small contribution locally can be part of a worldwide project performed by Lions.”

Since the club’s chartering in 1954, its members have worked on a variety of projects in the local community, such as the Books for BANGO program held in the nine elementary schools in this area each year.

In addition to the wine and epicurean delights event, the club has other community fund-raisers such as the spring classic golf tournament at Bunker Hills each June, the calendar raffle held annually and the Lions breakfasts at the Coon Rapids VFW each spring and fall.

Proceeds from these and other fund-raising events have gone to scholarships presented to students at Coon Rapids High School, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Anoka Technical College and Northwest Passage Charter School, in addition to supporting youth and community activities throughout the year in Coon Rapids.

The club is currently continuing to serve the community and beyond through its recycle for sight eyeglasses and hearing aids collections at various locations throughout Coon Rapids, volunteering at activities such as Feed My Starving Children and supporting health screenings at Coon Rapids High School.

The club meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Coon Rapids VFW.

For more information or to get involved with the club, contact Dan Janish at 612-558-2851, by visiting the club’s website at www.coonrapidslions.org or by checking out the club’s Facebook page.

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