Oak­dale Ro­tary Pre­pares For Wine Ex­trav­a­ganza

The Oakdale Leader - - NEWS - By TERESA HAM­MOND tham­mond@oak­dale­leader.com

Oak­dale Ro­tary will once again present a one of a kind event as they host the Eighth An­nual Wine Ex­trav­a­ganza on Satur­day, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. The an­nual event will be hosted at the Oak­dale Golf and Coun­try Club. Tick­ets are $50 per per­son (21 and over). Pro­ceeds from this year’s event will be do­nated to OHS Ag Depart­ment and the As­tro Foun­da­tion.

“It’s typ­i­cally about $5,000 we give to what­ever or­ga­ni­za­tion,” Ro­tar­ian, Mary Guardi­ola stated, mak­ing note that the to­tal funds will be sep­a­rated into two checks for this year’s re­cip­i­ents.

A va­ri­ety of 150 wines from 75 winer­ies will be fea­tured for at­ten­dees to sam­ple, as well as hors d’oeu­vres and some beer sam­plings. Spe­cial to the event, those in at­ten­dance are wel­come to not just taste the large va­ri­ety but pur­chase as well at 10 per­cent above cost per case.

Guardi­ola shared the event typ­i­cally draws ap­prox­i­mately 50 per­cent lo­cals and 50 per­cent out of town wine en­thu­si­asts.

“The more peo­ple we can bring to town, the bet­ter,” she said.

“The in­ter­ac­tion with the com­mu­nity is my fa­vorite,” she con­tin­ued. “It’s like every­thing else in Oak­dale. You get to­gether and it’s fun. Also, we get a lot of peo­ple from out of Oak­dale that come.”

In ad­di­tion to the wine tast­ing, beer sam­pling and food, raf­fle tick­ets are of­fered at $20 per ticket and a live auc­tion is pre­sented mid­way through the event.

Raf­fle tick­ets are drawn for a num­ber of items, the most no­table are a $500, $300 and $200 credit to­ward cases of wine which can be used that night.

Tick­ets for the event are avail­able at the door, but may also be pur­chased in ad­vance at Oak­dale Cham­ber of Com­merce, As­tro Foun­da­tion Gift Shop, Oak­dale Golf and Coun­try Club or from an Oak­dale Ro­tar­ian.

Oak­dale Ro­tary pro­vides funds and sup­port to a num­ber of com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing: school sites, Oak­dale Min­is­te­rial As­so­ci­a­tion, Oak­dale Youth Sports As­so­ci­a­tion, Re­lay For Life, North­ern Cal­i­for­nia Ju­nior Golf, Com­mu­nity Shar­ing, Com­mu­nity Se­nior Cen­ter and many more.

“The Ag Depart­ment, with the school farm … there’s a lot of need out there,” Guardi­ola said of the club’s re­cip­i­ent choice. “There’s a lot of vo­ca­tional things be­ing done out there and we’re a big sup­porter of that.”

Also de­serv­ing of fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance, she noted, is the As­tro Foun­da­tion.

“As­tro has been a big sup­porter of a lot of things in town,” she con­tin­ued. “So they need some funds and fund rais­ing as well.”

For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion on the event call 847-2984 ext. 104 or email rschultz@oak­dalegcc.org.

PHOTO CON­TRIB­UTED

Oak­dale Ro­tary pre­sents its Eighth An­nual Wine Ex­trav­a­ganza, Satur­day Sept. 9 at Oak­dale Golf and Coun­try Club. Close to 75 winer­ies will be present with over 150 wines to sam­ple.

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