Rochester Rotary

600+ expected to attend April 15 homecoming type event featuring Michigan themed wine, beer and food; money raised goes to local and global charity efforts

Media Contact: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, 248.260-8466

Rochester, Mich. — March 10, 2016 – Rochester Rotary, a member club of Rotary International, a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service and encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, is hosting its popular annual craft beer and wine tasting event on Friday, April 15 at Bordine’s Nursery in Rochester Hills. The event, the club’s largest fundraisers, has attracted 500+ guests for the last three years; this year’s event will be capped at 600.

The beer and wine tasting features seven wine tasting tables, including wine produced at Rochester-based Fieldstone Winery; a beer tasting table featuring craft beers from Rochester Mills Beer Company; new seasonal liquors, beers and wines introduced by Manny’s Liquor Shoppe; unique wines from Republic National Distributors; cuisine sampling tables from 15 area restaurants, a preview of Bordine’s spring expo display, a jewelry auction from Haig’s of Rochester, as well as entertainment by the “Jazz & Tonic Trio.” Money raised from the event supports numerous charitable efforts of Rochester Rotary, including scholarships for Rochester area high school seniors, medical mission trips to Guatemala, and Rotary International’s continuing efforts to eradicate polio throughout the world.

“The beer and wine tasting event is a community event with broad appeal and continues to be the perfect combination of fun raising and fund raising to attract adults of all ages,” Alan McLellan, Rochester Rotary Club president said. “In many ways, it has the feel of a Rochester area homecoming type event where attendees run into former high school classmates, neighbors, colleagues and friends. The evening is made complete with musical entertainment and sampling of Michigan products, as well as an opportunity for attendees to think spring among the Bordine displays while supporting local and international charities.”

Also at the event will be information on the many efforts of Rochester Rotary and Rotary International, as well as outreach to prospective members.

“Like all Rotary Clubs, Rochester Rotary attracts members who are successful in business, education and non-profit areas and want to make new personal and professional connections while being of service to the community,” McLellan said. “We not only make a difference through Rotary, we have a lot of fun! Rochester Rotary is one of the state’s largest and most active clubs and we want to recruit new members to help sustain and grow our club and the mission of Rotary.

The event will take place on Friday, April 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Bordine’s Nursery, located at 1835 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills 48307. Tickets are $45 per person; only 600 tickets are available for the event; attendees must be 21 years or older. Tickets can be purchased at Bordine’s or Chief Financial Credit Union, or by contacting Ronald DiLiddo at 248.371.0473 or

About Rochester Rotary
Celebrating 60 years as a club in 2014, Rochester Rotary is one of 34,000 member clubs of Rotary International, which has more than 1.2 million members and raises and disburses funds for charitable, educational and scientific purposes. Monies are raised through social events and service projects organized by the club, ‘fines’ collected at Rochester Rotary meetings and gifts offered to the club through members and supporters.

The club welcomes new members who live or work in Rochester, Rochester Hills or Oakland Township. For membership information, contact Jeff Whitbey at Rochester Rotary meets each Tuesday at noon at the River Crest Banquet Hall on Avon Road and Livernois in Rochester Hills. Learn more at

About Rotary International
Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe. The 1.2 million Rotarians who hail from Rotary clubs in nearly every country in the world share a dedication to the ideal of Service Above Self. Rotary clubs are open to people of all cultures and ethnicities and are not affiliated with any political or religious organizations. Learn more at