Rancho Santa Fe Rotary launches inaugural fundraiser

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club will host its first annual Taste of Rancho Santa Fe this month to help fundraise for local charities. The food and wine event will feature more than 100 wine tastings from wholesale distributors around the world as well as a wide selection of gourmet foods prepared by the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club staff.

Rotary Club President Greg Grajek said last year the RSF Rotary Club was able to donate $40,000 to charities and hopes to raise at least $2,000 from the event.

“The Rotary Club has been very gracious to help us fundraise for our mission,” said Robin Chappelow, Program Director of Kids Korps USA.

As a member herself, Chappelow has collaborated with the Rotary Club for 18 years. She said thanks to donations from the club, the nonprofit has been able raise awareness and create more programs for children in low-income areas of town.

Other beneficiaries of the event include Angel Faces, San Diego Botanic Garden, Balboa Theater, Navy Seals Foundation, Water for Sudan, and more.

“A number of clubs in San Diego have found these wine festivals do quite well, so we thought we’d give it a try,” Grajek said.

Grajek said the club has tried other fundraisers like galas and golf tournaments in the past, but wanted to try something more indiscriminatory.

He said he hopes the club can build on the event this year to make it even better in years to come.

The event is open to members of the public over the age of 21 and will be held at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club July 20 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Ticket sales are limited to 300 people and can be purchased for $75 each on the Taste of Rancho Santa Fe website.

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