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Monthly archives for February, 2011

Taste of College Park Seeks Sponsors for Annual Community Fundraiser

The Eighth Annual Taste of College Park Food & Wine Festival is fast approaching. The Rotary Club of College Park hosts the annual event, which is scheduled for April 28th, 2011 from 6:00 to 9:30 pm. The Taste is our Club’s premier fundraising event. In previous years, more than $30,000 per year was raised for charities including Ronald McDonald Houses of Orlando, the PolioPlus initiative of Rotary International, the Christian Service Center for Central Florida, Beta Center, New Hope for Kids, Harbor House of Florida, and scholarships & awards for College Park students.

The Taste of College Park combines food, wine, live music, silent & live auctions for an extraordinary evening in College Park. Local restaurants and distributors provide the food and wine, local retailers supply items for the silent and live auction and College Park residents support the event by purchasing tickets, bidding on auction items and coming out to enjoy the evening.

However, the key medicine20 to our fundraising success is the support of Corporate Sponsors. We ask you to consider supporting this event as either a financial or an in-kind sponsor.

Click here for information on becoming a sponsor.
Click here for general Taste of College Park ticket and event information.

Foundation sets up disaster fund for Japan

In response to the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on 11 March, The Rotary Foundation has established the Rotary Japan 2011 Disaster Recovery Fund, which will support long-term recovery projects in affected areas.

Rotarians and non-Rotarians can donate online. Clubs and districts can contribute cash and District Designated Fund (DDF) allocations to the fund.
The 9.0-magnitude quake, Japan’s largest in history, and the tsunami that followed it caused widespread devastation, paralyzing much of the northern coast. More than 10,000 people have been killed, and thousands are missing. Millions have been left without clean water or power, and at least 550,000 people have been forced from their homes.

A series of explosions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, 140 miles northeast of Tokyo, damaged reactors and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands. The Japanese government is working to contain the situation. Damage from the earthquake and tsunami is estimated at US$170 billion.

RI President-nominee Sakuji Tanaka, of the Rotary Club medicine20 of Yashio, Saitama, was in Lisbon, Portugal, on Rotary business during the disasters. He was able to reach his wife, Kyoko, on the phone to confirm her safety.

“She said it was the most horrifying experience she’d ever had,” says Tanaka. “The northern region of Japan is still in chaos. We are unsure when this chaos will end or when things will get better. However, I am most thankful to know that Rotarians around the world care for us.”

Japanese RI directors Masaomi Kondo and Masahiro Kuroda, as well as staff at Rotary International’s Japan office, are confirmed to be safe.
Rotary clubs and districts worldwide are mobilizing efforts to bring urgently needed aid to victims.

“I’ve received many messages from Rotarians all over the world,” says Noriko Futagami, the Public Image Resource Group coordinator for Zone 2. “I also have reports that Rotary clubs have begun to start planning projects for immediate help. Unfortunately, there are many Rotarians and families who haven’t been able to be contacted. Rotarians in Japan worry for their safety.”

Join us for the Edgewater High School BBQ

The year’s BBQ will be on September 23. The Pre-Game Bar-B-Q is an annual fundraiser sponsored by the Rotary Club of College Park, featuring Blackwater Bar-B-Q, food donations from Publix and New York Bakery, and soft drinks from ABC.  The Bar-B-Q precedes the high school varsity football game between the Edgewater Eagles and the Oak Ridge Pioneers.  All profits donated to Edgewater High School and community charitable organizations. $8.00 per person in advance; $9.00 per person at the door. Tickets are available at the Edgewater High School office, and at the door.

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Rotary Club of College Park Donates Taste of College Park Proceeds to Ronald McDonald House

As part of their continued commitment to the Ronald McDonald House the Rotary Club of College Park presented a check for $3,200 to the Organizations President and CEO.

“It’s great to have such a great relationship to such a fantastic organization,” said LouAnn DeVoogd, President and CEO of Ronald McDonald House of Central Florida.

In 2003, The Rotary Club of College Park decided to partner with The Ronald McDonald House to underwrite the sponsorship of a room at the house. The commitment was $5,000 per year for 5 years ($25,000 total).

“After the initial $25,000 investment for the room was paid off to Ronald McDonald House in 2008, we were happy to continue our commitment and donate 10% of the profits from the Taste of College Park event each year to help maintain the room and cover the costs to house the families,” said Jane Dunlap Callahan, Rotary Club of College Park President.

Taste of College Park started in order to raise the money needed for the original commitment.

This isn’t the only organization to benefit from the Taste of College Park. Late last year the organization provided two matching grants to Princeton Elementary and Lake Silver Elementary.

“We are so appreciative of the community’s continued support year after year to the Taste of College Park so that we may give back to organizations like tese,” added Callahan.

The Taste of College is an annual event put on my the members of the Rotary Club of College Park. This years event takes place on April 28th at the Historic Dubsdread Ballroom.

For sponsorship, ticket and event information regarding the Taste of College Park or information on the Rotary Club of College Park visit

Become a Taste of College Park Food and Wine Festival Sponsor

We’re looking for community partners to help sponsor the 2012 Taste of College Park Food and Wine Festival. The event takes place on April 19, 2012 and is a great way to participate in one of College Park’s largest fundraisers. We have lots of great things planned for this years event. Click here for more information on sponsorship opportunities.

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