Eastpointe Rotary Club to host wine and beer tasting

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published September 10, 2019

 Drew’s Garden Outdoor  Plant and Garden Center  will host the 2019 wine  and beer tasting organized  by the Eastpointe Rotary Club. The business also hosted  the event in 2018, pictured.

Drew’s Garden Outdoor Plant and Garden Center will host the 2019 wine and beer tasting organized by the Eastpointe Rotary Club. The business also hosted the event in 2018, pictured.

Photo provided by Mary Van Haaren

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EASTPOINTE — Those looking to improve their spirits this September are invited to join the Eastpointe Rotary Club for its wine and beer tasting on Friday, Sept. 20.

The event will take place at Drew’s Garden Outdoor Plant and Garden Center at 23751 Gratiot Ave. The program will take place from 5 to 8 p.m.

“This is our second time hosting it at this location, but we’ve done it at other locations before,” said Rotary Club President Chris Dyki. “It will be outside the nursery. There will be different craft beers, different wines; one of our members owned Cork restaurant, and she will be picking the wine selections, and we’ll have hors d’oeuvres. It’s a great event and it helps support the Rotary Club.”

Tickets for the event cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door and include the wine and beer tasting as well as hor d’oeuvres served by Andary’s Family Grill in Eastpointe. Tickets can be obtained by calling former Rotary President Mary Van Haaren.

“Tickets are available from any Rotary Club member as well,” explained Van Haaren. “The chamber of commerce is selling them too, and there are also some being sold at City Hall and Andary. They can call me at (586) 204-3022 for more information.”

Funds raised from the event will benefit the service projects organized by the Eastpointe Rotary Club. 

“The funds all go toward local charities,” Van Haaren said. “We give to a variety of church food banks, the Roseville chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 154, and several high school groups.”

Dyki stressed the Rotary Club’s efforts and the difference they make on both a local and international level.

“The Rotary Club is a worldwide service organization, and I think it is the club to belong to,” said Dyki. “The main thing is to eradicate polio, but we support other efforts like providing clean water and promoting education efforts both internationally and locally.”

Van Haaren said the event is a fun and engaging way to raise money for causes in the community and gives residents an enjoyable night out.

“We started out at Eastside Teen Outreach as a way to raise money,” she said. “Our first event specifically benefited Eastside Teen Outreach. We’ve since begun helping other organizations and hosting it at different locations. Our group just likes beer and wine, so we thought it would be a good way to draw people in.”

The club leaders said even those unable to attend are still welcome to check out the Rotary Club and see how they can contribute to improve their community and help others.

“Come check out our club,” remarked Dyki. “We meet every Tuesday at noon at Cloverleaf Pizza (15670 13 Mile Road). We discuss club business, we talk about who and what we are donating to and plan service projects.”

Both leaders said they encourage anyone in the Eastpointe community to attend.

“It’s held at a beautiful location, it will be a beautiful evening, we will have gift baskets to get out, and it’s a nice chance to mingle and talk to other people in the community while enjoying some good beer and wine, all while getting to benefit some good causes,” said Van Haaren.

Call Staff Writer Brendan Losinski at (586) 498-1068.

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