Raise a Glass for Theatre on June 4 at the Encinitas Rotary Wine and Food Festival

500X500encinitas-wine-festivalSipping a glass of aged pinot noir while sampling a bit of “Top Chef”-worthy cuisine may not seem the most likely way to support a local theatre company. But thanks to the Rotary Club of Encinitas, the official organizer of the 13th Annual Encinitas Wine and Food Festival on June 4 at the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, 18 community nonprofits will see a significant contribution to their programming, including Intrepid Theatre Company.

“In furtherance of ‘service above self,’” explains longtime Festival Co-Chair Rich Houk, referencing the Rotary Club’s mission statement, “the goal of the festival is to bring people together, community and beneficiaries, for a common cause.”

encinitas ranchThe evening will feature representation from 27 restaurants and 27 wineries, breweries and distilleries. Guests are invited to take in the stunning vistas of the golf course-laden grounds while sampling delicacies from local establishments, listening to live music and perusing the silent auction items, which in the past have included high-end ski trips, aged whisky, golf clubs and Hawaiian getaways. Visit the Festival website for current silent auction listings.

“It’s a lot of fun,” says Festival Co-Chair Sandy Houk. “There’s a lot of wonderful energy each year.”

As a festival beneficiary, Intrepid will be selling tickets to the event, which range from $90-$500, depending on the level of VIP access desired. $60 of the proceeds from the $90 tickets will go towards Intrepid’s programming. However, 100% of the proceeds from tickets purchased at the $150 or $500 will directly fund Intrepid’s future productions, our Staged Reading Series at the Encinitas Library, Camp Intrepid at the Encinitas Community Center and Shakespeare Education Tours. Additionally, 100% of the proceeds from the silent auction items that Intrepid has contributed go back to the company, as well.

encinitas golfThe beneficiary model for the festival, which has been adopted by other Rotary Clubs because of its success, guarantees that the nonprofit organizations receive a significant portion of these ticket sales.

“It’s unique,” says Rich. “Not many events are structured they way we are. When you buy your tickets, the majority of the money is credited back directly towards the organization. It’s written in the contract.”

wine glass f and wBecause Intrepid will not be hosting a formal gala this year, the Wine and Food Festival provides the perfect opportunity for supporters to lend a hand, and still be able to attend a fantastic event.

“It really takes a village,” says Producing Artistic Director, Christy Yael-Cox. “We are grateful for the help of our supporters and the Rotary and are looking forward to a fun event this year. Hopefully, we will see a lot of theatre lovers at the Festival.”

“We are thrilled that Intrepid can be involved,” says Encinitas Rotary Member Marti Rosenberg, who introduced Intrepid to the Festival in 2014. “The Rotary Club is supportive of anything that is going to help our neighborhood.”

Since its inception, the Encinitas Rotary Wine and Food Festival has raised over $1,00,000 for local charities and nonprofits and has had sold out attendance for the last five years.

“It’s a great opportunity for small groups who can’t throw big elaborate fundraisers,” says Marti. “The Rotary does all the work to help our community organizations.”

“Attendees can look forward to a beautiful setting with quality food and quality beverages,” says Rich. “But the purpose of the event is to bring people together.”

For tickets to the Encinitas Rotary Wine and Food Festival on June 4 that support Intrepid Theatre, click here.  For more information about selling tickets to the event on behalf of Intrepid, email boxoffice@intrepidtheatre.org. 

Watch highlights from past Encinitas Rotary Wine and Food Festivals at the San Diego Botanic Gardens.