Raise a Glass for Shakespeare on June 7 at the Encinitas Rotary Wine and Food Festival

w&f festival widgetSipping 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 Encinitas Rotary Club, the official organizer of the Encinitas Wine and Food Festival on June 7 at the San Diego Botanic Garden, over 21 community nonprofits will see a significant contribution to their programming, including Intrepid Shakespeare Company.

“In furtherance of ‘service above self,’” explains 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.”

sdbgThe evening will feature representation from 20 restaurants, 14 wineries and six breweries. Guests are invited to stroll through the Hamilton Children’s Garden while sampling delicacies from local establishments, listening to live music and perusing the silent auction items, which include high-end ski trips, aged whisky, golf clubs and Hawaiian getaways.

“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 Shakespeare will be selling tickets to the event, which range from $90-$500, depending on the level of VIP access desired.

wine fest 2014The 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. When a $90 ticket is purchased, $60 goes to beneficiary. With both the $135 and the VIP $500 levels, 100% goes directly to beneficiary.”

“The Rotary Club is supportive of anything that is going to help our neighborhood,” says Wine and Food Festival Board Member Marti Rosenberg. “We are thrilled that Intrepid Shakespeare could be involved. We love having theatre in North County.”

“We hear nothing but great things about Intrepid,” adds Sandy.

Summer-Camp-StampIntrepid will also be donating Season Five Subscriptions and Camp Intrepid summer sessions to the grand raffle, which will be held at the festival. Raffle tickets, which are $15 (3 for $40), should be purchased in advance by emailing boxoffice@intrepidshakespeare.com. Winners need not be present.

Last year, the sold out Encinitas Rotary Wine and Food Festival raised over $115,000 for local charities and nonprofits. The goal is to top that number this year.

“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 7, as well as information about becoming a sponsor, click here.