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Published Wed, Oct 10, 2012 02:11 PM
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Clayton Rotary Club to hosts wine tasting event

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The Clayton Rotary Club is hosting its annual Wine Tasting fundraiser at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Clayton Center. Wines from around the world and local wines will be featured at the tasting.

Hinnant Family Vineyards in Pine Level, Gregory Vineyards in Angier and Duplin Winery of Rose Hill will serve their famous muscadine wines. Mutual Distributors of Raleigh will provide a selection of international wines, California varieties and samples from Biltmore Estates in Asheville. If patrons like the free offerings, they will be able to make purchases of their favorites by the bottle or case.

Bryan Pannell of Clayton, executive chef at Cattails Restaurant, will provide gourmet appetizers, entrees and desserts to pair with the wine selections. Classical guitarist Bob Clarke and violinist Henry Goodman will provide entertainment.

Joyce Blackley, chairman of the event, said ticket purchasers will also be entered in door prize drawings for many fabulous gifts, and raffle drawings will be held for a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne and a fine Sonoma Valley (California) Merlot.

“The Rotary Wine Tasting is a fun community event where folks can come together, enjoy fine wines, delicious food, great music and the company of their friends and neighbors,” said Blackley.

Proceeds from the event benefit local, regional and international service projects including scholarships for Clayton area students, the Boys and Girls Home in Lake Waccamaw, Stop Hunger Now, the Salvation Army, local anti-drug programs, the Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, the Ryan Epps Orphanage in Haiti, Johnston County Spelling Bee, Johnston County YMCA, Partnership for Children, Clayton Area Ministries, worldwide polio eradication efforts, Alzheimer’s research, and clean water projects in developing nations.

The Clayton Rotary Club, established in 1925, seeks to build up the Clayton community, create awareness of international service projects, and improve the lives of people in the community, across the nation and around the world. Rotary’s motto is “Service above Self.”

Tickets are $30 each and are available at Blackley’s Printing in Clayton, 919-553-6813, from Rotary members, or at claytonrotarync.org.

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