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Rotary's Tastes-of-the-Valley 2014 photos highlight event's success

Chuck Joseph III, human resources director at Canton ShopRite, talks to Lisa Ogren of West Hartford as he serves one of the cheese appetizers the store provided during the VIP tasting.
Chuck Joseph III, human resources director at Canton ShopRite, talks to Lisa Ogren of West Hartford as he serves one of the cheese appetizers the store provided during the VIP tasting.
The Rotary Club of Avon-Canton’s 2014 Tastes-of-the-Valley, held this spring at Tower Ridge Country Club in Simsbury, was a great success, organizers said.

“From the proceeds, we’ll be able to donate more than $18,000 to our local and global charities,” event chair Capri Frank said.

In addition to ticket sales, funds were raised through event sponsorships and a silent auction.

Those who purchased a premium VIP ticket enjoyed a special tasting featuring upscale French wines from M&R Liquors, appetizers catered by Abigail’s, an international selection of cheeses from Shop Rite in Canton, desserts from Evergreen’s restaurant and Taste by Spellbound, and the guitar music of Christopher Ladd, a professor at The Hartt School-University of Hartford.

“Our VIP tasting was a huge success,” Frank said.

All Tastes-of-the-Valley attendees enjoyed the music of The Colbys and sampled foods prepared by Avon Old Farms Hotel’s Seasons, Dish n’ Dat, Flatbread, La Trattoria, and The Meat House, along with frozen desserts from Canton Creamery, J Foster ice cream, and TCBY Avon Marketplace. Wine samples were offered by M&R Liquors and Lost Acres Winery, craft beers by Back East Brewery, and Tanduay Asian Rum by Brand Action Team.

“We want to thank all our vendors for helping to make our sixth annual event such a success,” Frank said.

She added that The Colbys have agreed to perform again at next year’s event, to be chaired by Chuck Joseph, owner of ShopRite stores in Canton and West Hartford.

Over the course of the last five years, the Rotary Club of Avon-Canton has contributed more than $200,000, representing the proceeds of both the Tastes-of-the-Valley and the club’s annual golf tournament, to local and international projects. All fundraising profits go toward charities supported by the club.

Locally the non-profits include Avon and Canton Fuel Banks, Avon and Canton Dollars for Scholars, FAVARH, Gifts of Love, Roaring Brook Nature Center, Foodshare and AMBER Alert. Internationally, the club supports polio eradication and clean water projects, the core projects of Rotary Club International.

Rotary offers business and professional women and men the opportunity to provide service and meet special needs and challenges in their communities, nationally and internationally. For more information, visit www.RotaryClubofAvon-Canton.org.





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