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AURORA -- The Rotary Club of Aurora will host its 17th annual A Taste of the Western Reserve on April 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Signature of Solon off Route 43, just south of Pettibone Road. There will be 20 restaurants offering "tastes" of some of their specialities as they each try to win the coveted "Best of the Taste" award.
"The Taste is the source of the Rotary Club and Rotary Foundation's budgets for next year, and allows us to continue to do the many things we do in our community, county, state, country and internationally," said Rotary President Kathi Grandillo.
Some of the highlights of the many programs and projects the club supports are students of the month and scholarships for Aurora and Streetsboro students, sponsor of robotics teams at Aurora schools, the district 4-Way Test speech contest for students from Northeast Ohio and sponsor of the Fill a Bag, Feed a Family program.
Also, support of the Volunteers of America monetarily and with food donations, suppling neighborhood library shelves throughout Portage County in conjunction with the United Way of Portage County and Portage County Cluster of Rotary Clubs and providing shelter boxes in the U.S. and abroad to areas hit by natural disasters.
"We also sponsor a school in Engoshure, Kenya, shoeboxes filled with goodies for "Children of the Dump" in Nicaragua, a water project in El Salvador and the "End Polio Now" campaign throughout the world, which is close to accomplishing its goal," said Grandillo.
Each year, the club picks a charity to support through the Taste's raffle. This year, the club will support "Believe In Dreams," which aids children who have suffered a tragedy in their lives, helping them to realize a dream they have.
"Believe in Dreams" in a non-profit organization created to help fulfill dreams for children who are economically disadvantaged and have suffered from a non-medical hardship.
The organization provides a little joy and happiness to kids who have had a rough time so that things can turn around and get better. Raffle tickets are $20 each, with the top prize being a $3,000.00 cash payout. Even those who do not attend the Taste can purchase raffle tickets. The winner does not have to be present to win.
There will be a violinist and magician entertaining the crowd, many silent auction items and a wine pull.
This year's Taste will feature several travel experiences, a new addition to the silent auction. Up for bid is a Tuscany culinary escape (including Rome), as well as trips to Lake Tahoe, Pinehurst, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Nashville, New Orleans and New York.
For Taste tickets, raffle tickets or general information, contact Taste chairman Jane Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-931-2508.