Des Moines Rotary Holds Kick-Off Meeting For 2010 Poverty Bay Wine Festival, Seeks Sponsors


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The Des Moines Rotary kicked off their 2010 Poverty Bay Wine Festival sponsorship drive with an evening gathering at Des Moines’ historic Landmark on the Sound last Thursday night (Sept. 24th).

The event was to thank past festival sponsors and to encourage them to participate in next year’s event, which will be the fifth festival, and is scheduled to take place on the weekend of March 5th through the 7th at Landmark on the Sound. A variety of wine from Corky Cellars and food from Charley’s were a welcome respite from the daily grind for attendees.

The Print Place is producing next year’s collectible posters, which were created from a pastel by local artist Steve Morris. The pastel was on display and will represent the image of the opening Friday night gala, titled “An Evening in the Vineyard.”

The Des Moines Rotary donates 100% of the net proceeds from the Wine Festival and its other fundraisers back into the community. They are able to do this because of their club’s commitment to the Rotary motto of “service above self”. Club member contributions, both volunteer and financial, cover all of the club’s administration expenses.

Attendees admire Steve Morris' artwork.

According to their website:

The Rotary Club of Des Moines is an association of community leaders who are making our community and the world a better place to live, learn, work and play. Club members adhere to our motto, “Service Above Self; embrace the high ethi- cal standards of Rotary International; advocate on behalf of children and the needy; support programs to eliminate polio and provide clean water worldwide; and offer assistance with educational and recreational projects in our community.

The Rotary is currently seeking sponsors for this annual festival, which last year had more than 1,200 people attend over three days. The festival attendees purchased more than $58,000 of wine, food and festival merchandise in 2009 and organizers are hoping for an even better event in 2010.

Sponsorship of the Poverty Bay Wine Festival will directly support the Des Moines Rotary mission of making a lasting difference at home and abroad through service and financial support. In 2008-2009, the Rotary Club of Des Moines supported the following projects:

  • Dollars for Scholars Highline Community College Foundation Pacific Middle School – Afterschool Program Dictionaries by the Dozens (giving a dictionary to every third grader in Des Moines) Highline Schools Foundation for Excellence Cle Gunsel Foundation Scholarships Mini Grants to local schools.
  • Bike Helmet Program
  • Des Moines Food Bank
  • Fireworks Over Des Moines
  • Des Moines Park and Recreation Youth Scholarships
  • Des Moines Park and Recreation play field equipment
  • Rotary First Harvest Food Program
  • Mt. Rainier High School Track Project
  • House Painting and Yard Care Service Projects for the elderly
  • Zhang Zou Sister City Project
  • Rotary International Projects
  • Pakistan Schools Project

The Rotary Club of Des Moines donates 100% of the net proceeds from the Wine Festival and its other fund- raisers back into the community. Club member contributions, both volunteer and financial, cover all of the club’s administration expenses.

To become a Sponsor, please contact Wayne Corey at 206-824-1066 or email at [email protected].

To download and view Sponsorship info, click here for a PDF file.

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