Pittsford Rotary plans its ‘Taste’ fundraiser

On the road to nearly every town or village in the country, one can spot the wheel-shaped emblem of the local Rotary Club. This symbol represents dedicated members who are the cornerstone of supporting the local communities around them. They sponsor Little League teams and Cub Scout dens, and clean up local parks and trails. They collect food for local food pantries and prepare and deliver meals for the elderly. They offer scholarships to area high school and college students who demonstrate exemplary efforts in community service.

In support of its foundation that makes all this possible, the Pittsford Rotary Club will be hosting its seventh annual Taste of Pittsford fundraiser. The event, which is held in cooperation with the Pittsford Chamber of Commerce, is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 15, at Nazareth College`s Shults Center.

There will be menu offerings from local restaurants such as Simply Crepes, Next Door Bar & Grill, Hicks & McCarthy, Kathrine`s Gourmet Creations, Watson`s Chocolate and Northfield Food & Drink. Wines will be served courtesy of local vineyards such as Hunt Country, Arbor Hill and Red Tail Ridge.

Bob Bryant, owner of Hicks & McCarthy in the village of Pittsford, has been involved with Taste of Pittsford from the beginning because he appreciates the community services that the club provides.

`This is a great way for our restaurant to participate and support the community. The Rotary Club does great work,` said Bryant.

`We`ve had some incredible menu offerings in the past, like tuna, swordfish and even lamb chops, and this year proves to be no different,` said Gavin Hurley, who is the chairman of the Pittsford Rotary Club Foundation.

Hurley said the club provides an excellent way for newcomers to get involved in their community. When he moved to Pittsford from New Jersey 16 years ago, the longtime Rotary Club member saw joining his new town`s chapter as the best way for him to get to know his new surroundings. The club`s motto — service above self — is practiced by the local chapter`s 50-plus members.

Upcoming events this spring include building a house for Habitat for Humanity on Campbell Street in April. Every May, the club encourages children to enjoy its Fishing Derby at Powder Mills Park. In its support of schoolchildren here and abroad, the club`s annual Dictionary Project provides an encyclopedic dictionary to all Pittsford third-graders, both at public and parochial schools. Dictionaries are also sent to schoolchildren in Kenya and Haiti.

All proceeds from A Taste of Pittsford will go to the Pittsford Rotary Club Foundation, which has an annual budget of up to $30,000.Each year, the club dedicates $6,000 of this funding to Camp Haccamo, a specialized camp for handicapped children. This year, it donated $5,000 to relief for Haiti earthquake victims.

Tickets are on sale for $45 at Pittsford Federal Credit Union, Pittsford Wine & Spirits, SJ`s, Pittsford Pendleton Shop and Forsythe Jewelers. For more information on the Rotary Club, go to www.pittsfordrotaryclub.org.

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