FAIRFIELD — “Bringing business people together for the furtherment of communities.”
That’s one of the Rotary Club’s sayings, according to Rotary Club of Cordelia President Colleen Knight.
Saturday, the club’s 22nd annual Spring Extravaganza exemplified that saying, bringing together prominent Solano County business members, Rotarians and residents for a fundraising event that helps build community, Knight said.
The Fairfield Community Center was turned into an elegant party space that featured food and wine tastings, raffles, a silent auction and music.
Brian Wills, Rotary Club member and the event coordinator, said the event’s purpose is to raise funds for the various organizations it supports, including NorthBay Healthcare.
Catering the event were about 15 wineries and 25 restaurants, including local places such as Winterhawk Winery and larger chains like Peet’s Coffee & Tea.
Bill Davini, owner of the Cast Iron Grill and Bar in Suisun City, said that Rotary events have been an excellent way for his restaurant to become more involved with the community.
Serving the community for nearly 2 1/2 years now, Davini said he’s been involved and supportive of Rotary’s events and causes since he’s opened.
“It’s nice to be out here, where people see us and know of our support,” he said.
Much of the funding from ticket sales will go to pediatrics programs at NorthBay Healthcare, according to Wills. Last year, the club raised about $10,000 to support NorthBay’s efforts.
Other beneficiaries include the Heather House homeless shelter, Child Haven, Boy Scouts and Court Appointed Special Advocates.
Aside from fundraising, Knight said that Rotary and these kinds of events have been a great way for the community to come closer and to build friendships.
“There’s lots of wonderful people in the community,” she said. “I’ve made so many wonderful friends.”
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