St. Patrick’s party is Tahoe tradition |

St. Patrick’s party is Tahoe tradition

Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Linda Van Dam, owner of Dart Liquors, second from right, joins members of the Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club as they put out the welcome mat to their 38th annual wine tasting. From left are Bob Olea, Phil Humphries, Al Browne, Tim Buscher, Spencer Williams, Peter Guilfoyle, John Breylinger, Paul Parrish, Joe Zarachoff, Lora McKay, Cheryl Sillings, Bob Colvin, Mary Beth Taylor, Linda Van Dam and JoAnn Conner.

The Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club will host its 38th annual St. Patrick’s Day Wine Tasting and Corned Beef Feed on March 17. It is the best Irish party of the year and a true Lake Tahoe tradition. This lively fundraiser will begin at 6 p.m. at Harrah’s Convention Center and everyone is invited to come and join in the fun. Enjoy a complete Irish buffet dinner featuring corned sirloin of beef and cabbage with all the trimmings. Sample generous pours of premium California wine from 12 different wineries. JJ Entertainment is providing music and dancing. It is a full evening of St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

The event features an incredible silent auction with more than 200 donated items. Our local community is so generous with great gifts like ski passes, room night packages, spa treatments, golf passes, autographed sports memorabilia and game tickets, artwork and dining certificates at many of our excellent local restaurants. Also included in this tremendous auction are more than 100 accommodation packages to cities across the United States and Mexico. Some of the fabulous destinations featured are Hawaii, San Francisco, Napa Valley, San Diego, La Jolla, Santa Monica, Scottsdale, Denver and Orlando. There will also be an instant raffle featuring prizes from munificent local restaurants and retailers.

The St. Patrick’s Day Wine Tasting is the service club’s major fundraiser to provide for college scholarships and donations to local nonprofit organizations. Last year, proceeds from the wine tasting allowed our club to donate $10,000 in academic scholarships to 10 local high school seniors and another $21,000 to local community programs that benefit all of us at Lake Tahoe.

The ticket donation is $50 each and reserved tables of 10 are available for $500. Tickets should be secured early because this great party is always a sell-out. Your ticket enters you into the grand prize drawing for an Easter-week vacation at the Pahio Kauai Beach Villas plus $1,000 cash for airfare. Tickets may be purchased from any Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club member or at the following locations: Tahoe-Douglas and South Lake Tahoe chambers of commerce, Lakeside Inn & Casino cashier cage, Century 21 Tahoe Pines and Colonial Bank on Kingsbury Grade, Selective Accommodations and Hot Springs Spas on Highway 50 at Elks Point Road. You may also call our event chairman, Bob Colvin, at (775) 588-2121.

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