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Community supports Clayton Rotary’s Taste of the Town fundraiser despite snow

CLAYTON — The snowy conditions Saturday did not stop crowds of people from coming out to support the Rotary Club of Clayton’s seventh annual Taste of the Town fundraiser at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel.

At least 200 people filled the ballroom to sample products brought by vendors from all over the region. Visitors had a chance to sample everything from wine and cheese to desserts and more.

“This year all the money we make from this event will go for eradicating polio from the world,” said David H. Neuroth, club president. “They are trying to eliminate it from the world, just like how smallpox was eliminated.”

The proceeds from the event will be donated to Rotary International, Mr. Neuroth said. Every dollar the club makes will be matched two to one by Bill and Melinda Gates from Microsoft.

Mr. Neuroth said the club hoped to raise $2,000 from the event.

“The weather may scare a few, but at this point in the winter people want to get out,” said Leslie T. Henry, Rotary member. “I was hoping for between 400 to 500 tonight.”

On top of the funds being donated to Rotary International, the club held a silent auction to benefit Dodge Pond special-needs camp in Oswegatchie.

Mr. Neuroth said the camp is for people who are disabled and are not able to camp independently without an aide.

“This gives them a chance to go camping,” he said.

Mr. Neuroth thanked the Kinney Drugs Foundation for its generosity and for being a sponsor of the event.

“We are hoping people enjoy it and we are hoping that they will want to see this event continue,” Mr. Neuroth said. “And that they will buy lots of things at the silent auction, so we can give more money to Dodge Pond.”

Lori S. Randazzo, outside-events coordinator with Coyote Moon Vineyards, said the winery has been involved in the event several times.

“As a Clayton business we love coming out to support the community,” Mrs. Randazzo said. “We are happy to be here.”

She said she hoped the winery’s presence would attract additional people to the event.

“Knowing that they can come in and taste all local products and perhaps one of their favorite Coyote Moon wines,” Mrs. Randazzo said. “I think this has always been a great and fun time. The Clayton Rotary does a great job of putting this event together and making sure that their presence is felt in the community.”

The Clayton Distillery has participated in the event since opening a couple of years ago, said Kim Aubertine, distillery representative.

“It is a really nice event,” Mrs. Aubertine said. “Overall, it is a lovely event.”

Melinda J. Bechaz, of Bechaz Riverdale Cheese, said it was an honor to help the Rotary, because it does so many great things in the community. “It brings everyone together,” Mrs. Bechaz said. “It is nice to have that network of people that want to help each other.”



By Whitney Randolph, Times Staff Writer

10th annual Taste of the Town