‘Sams’ to the rescue for major fundraiser

Tom KingFarragut


If you enjoy good wine – make that great wine – paired with some tasty food from Water Into Wine along with fun and fellowship, then you’ll want to join us for the Rotary Club of Farragut’s 17th annual Wine Tasting on Friday Nov. 3.

The wine will be uncorked by the staff from Dixie Lee Wine & Liquors starting at 6 p.m. when the doors open at SouthEast Bank at 12700 Kingston Pike. This event is the club’s major fundraiser of the year.

Tickets are $65 per person and every cent raised goes to support the projects and organizations the club helps fund. How can the club do that? The two reasons are named Sam.

Rotarian Sam Taylor and his family own Dixie Lee Wine and they donate the wine. And Rotarian Sam Mishu of M&M Development picks up all of the food costs. The funds raised are distributed among the projects the club decided to support. Among those are our Partner in Education school, Ridgedale, scholarships for Pellissippi State Community College students, and being a sponsor for the Knoxville Challenger Tennis Tournament. Two of our largest donations go to Honor Air and the Mission of Hope.

Rotarian Stephanie Myers DVM is in her 12th year of directing this big event. She is being assisted by Megan Belcher.

In addition to the fine wine and food, the popular silent auction is back again and it is managed by Rotarians Ben Harkins and Tom Marsh.

Rotarian Candace Vioxx owns Farragut’s Water Into Wine Bistro/Lounge and here is the dinner menu she has created for the evening: Filet and green pepper bites, mini-crab cakes, stuffed mushrooms, barbeque pulled pork baguettes, roasted veggies with hummus and pita bread, cheese, fruit and a dessert assortment of truffles and pumpkin rolls.

If you’d like to join us – and we hope you will – you can call Stephanie Myers at 865-986-5450 for tickets or email her.  You must contact her by 5 p.m. on Tuesday Oct. 31.

It’s Adam Brock time at our meeting on Wednesday. Adam, a Farragut Rotarian, is the tournament director of the 2017 Knoxville Challenger Professional Tennis Tournament at the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center. The event will be held at the University of Tennessee Nov. 7-12. This a United States Tennis Association Pro Circuit Event with $75,000 in prize money on the line.

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