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April 2, 2014

Rotary wine tasting event Friday

The Woodward Rotary Club is hosting a wine and cheese tasting event at the Conference Center Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will feature wine, cheese, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts. There will be refreshment for those who do not drink wine.

In addition entertainment is planned along with a silent auction and a special display by the Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum.

Organizers said there are numerous items to be bid on in the silent auction, including OU football tickets, an antique shotgun, a condo rental in Florida, and an original painting by local artist Larry Hill, among others.

Entertainment will be provided by The Smooth Soulful Saxophonist, Brian Mitchell Brody of Oklahoma City.

The Plains Indian and Pioneers Museum recently received items from a California estate that they will be unveiling soon.

The items were donated to the museum by a Mooreland family. Organizers said several of these never before seen items will be on display at the Rotary event. The attorney for the estate will be present at the wine tasting.

"She is 90 years old herself and very excited to be here for the event." said Alexa Humphries, Rotary secretary.

Humphries said the evening is a fundraiser for Rotary with money raised going to local causes like the backpack program for local students.

The backpack program is spearheaded by the First Christian Church with help from the Food Pantry. The purpose is to make sure elementary school kids have enough to eat over the weekend. There is no qualification for the backpacks.

School counselors give the organization names of children they know are only getting to eat during the week at school and going without for the weekend. The pack contains food items that the kids can prepare themselves without cooking. If there are other children in the family enough food is provided to feed all of them. The program is a month to month operation. Right now they provide for elementary students but would like to reach the higher grades also. At the present time they are preparing 92 backpacks a weekend, Humphries said.

Money from this fundraiser also helps with a Coat and Shoe Drive and the Rotary Club Student Scholarship Fund.

Tickets must be reserved in advance. They may be paid for at the door but your name must be on the guest list. Contact Alexa Humphries at 580-256-2249 for ticket price and information. The  tickets may be purchased by mail. Make checks payable to: Woodward Rotary Club, 1807 Oklahoma Avenue, Woodward OK 73801.

"The event is fun and very laid back, although everyone comes dressed up. We hope everyone comes and has fun with their friends and family." Humphries said.

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