Rotary Corks and Forks a sold-out success

We would like to thank all of the people and companies who made Rotary Corks & Forks such a huge sold-out success. First and foremost are the volunteers.

To the Rotarians who volunteered that evening and spent the hundreds of person hours of planning this event, we don’t know how to thank you enough!

I want to single out Sandra Milne and Linda Mix on the committee for special appreciation. The hours they dedicated to this project was instrumental to our success. Many others, both members and friends also put in tremendous work to make this event such a successful and fun evening. We will celebrate them at our club. Thank you!

The Ladysmith branch of RBC volunteer team showed up at noon and worked their tails off helping us get the room set up and then stayed all evening helping serve the food and drinks. Then they donated $1,000 to Disaster Aid! To Allison Brind and your RBC crew. Thank you!

To the vendors that attended or donated food and drink we so appreciate your support for this fundraiser. Mahle House, The Ironworks Crepery, Country Kitchen, Divino Winery, Red Arrow Brewery all had tables set up, staff on site and food or beverages ready. To Michael Clarke for his wonderful music and helping us with the sound for the evening. Thank you!

Wild Poppy, Old Town Bakery, Fox and Hounds, Robert’s Street Pizza, Zanatta Vineyard, Shanti Chai all donated food or drink for the event. Riot Brewing, Averill Creek Vineyard, Merridale Cider gave us special pricing for the event and Averill Creek donated gift certificates and a winery tasting tour. Thank you!

Our Auctioneer was Michael Pickard. His hilarious presentation of the items kept the audience laughing. Wickaninnish Inn, Sounds of the Sea and Greg Buchanan all donated major live auction items. LMS, Chemainus Theatre, the LSS Interact Club, Don and Susan Mercer, Blue Moon Sailboat, numerous golf clubs, Bill Hutchinson, Doug Robson and so many other Rotarians and friends donated items for the Silent and Live Auctions. Thank you!

To Anne McIntyre and Frank Elsom for their commitment to our Disaster Aid and Soap for Hope organizations. Thank you!

To the people who paid money to attend and then paid more money to buy auction items, food, beverages and tickets for silly games. You are the ones who enable us to do the work of Rotary in our community and in areas struck by disaster and despair. Thank you!

Gerry Beltgens is a Ladysmith Rotary member, Ladysmith Chronicle contributor, and the event coordinator for Corks and Forks.