FAIRFIELD — Foodies, wine lovers and people looking to have a good time while helping those in need packed the Fairfield Community Center on Saturday for the Rotary Club of Cordelia’s Spring Extravaganza.
The event played host to 18 restaurants, 12 wineries and three beer vendors who each served samples of their food and drink. Those in attendance could snack on food from local restaurants such as Texas Roadhouse, try some wine from Winterhawk Winery and try to win enormous food baskets at the silent auction.
The Spring Extravaganza is Cordelia Rotary’s largest fundraiser of the year. Club member Bill Rawlinson estimates the group will raise $30,000. All of it will be donated to several causes. Between $10,000 and $15,000 will go to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at NorthBay Medical Center to purchase equipment from the clinic’s wish list.
The group has already helped purchase several items for the NICU, such as breast pumps and an incubator.
Rawlinson said he thinks the club will raise enough money for the equipment on the NICU wish list thanks to the support of the people and businesses that took part in the fundraiser.
There was no shortage of people making the rounds inside the center or sampling food and drink outside by the pond.
Nena Correa and Josie Clark were enjoying their drinks outdoors while taking in nice views of the sunset. This was Clark’s first time at the event – the club’s 23rd offering. She said she was having an awesome time.
“I ate, I drank – it’s awesome,” she said. “There’s so many different foods.”
This was Correa’s second time and at the event. She said she really likes the atmosphere.
“I like how organized it is,” she said. “Nobody gets crazy.”
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