New City Rotary Annual Wine & Food Festival


The New City Rotary will host the 3rd Annual Wine & Food Festival on Saturday, September 10th from 4 – 7pm benefiting the hungry and other charitable causes in Rockland County and internationally. The event will take place at Rockland Country Day School, 34 Kings Highway in Congers, and will feature live music and entertainment.

Food, wine and beer will be contributed by Bonefish Grill, Outback Steakhouse, The Time Hotel, Zinburger, Brooklyn Seltzer Boys, Defiant Brewery, Southern Wine & Spirits, Austin’s Restaurant & Bar, Two Spear Street, Hudson Fine Catering, and At Your Service NY Catering. The Haiku Guys and Gals and Magic Mark Calabrese will once again provide entertainment.

“Each year, we look to exceed last year’s results and get the community involved through sponsorships, journal advertisements and ticket sales. The 2016 Festival promises to be the best yet,” stated Susan Trugman, New City Rotary Club President. More than 250 people are expected to attend.

Among the recipients of the funds raised at the Festival will be People to People, which feeds more than 2,000 families each month, Meals on Wheels, which delivers weekly meals to hundreds of frail, elderly homebound individuals and TOUCH (Together Our Unity Can Heal) which provides delivery of meals to people who are homebound and are HIV positive or have other chronic illnesses. Additional recipients via the New City Rotary include the annual winter coat drive, the Girls School for the Blind based in India, Rotary International’s Shelter Box program to help sustain people in a needed areas of the world and Spring Valley Rotary’s STEP program (Schools to End Poverty) that builds schools in Vietnam and Korea. The Festival also enables the New City Rotary to provide $1,000 scholarships to six Rockland County high school students each year.

Discounted tickets can be purchased in advance on the website (Website) or pay $55 at the door. “We are proud to be able to support the charities selected each year in this way and hope our contributions from the evening will assist those families most in need,” added Trugman.

Rotary is the largest civic organization in the world and is credited for eradicating polio in the world as per a recent NY Times article. Rotary has 1.2 million members in nearly 200 countries and was founded as an international service organization of business and professional people who, as volunteers, address needs of their home and international communities. New City Rotary, one of the largest in Rockland, has approximately 65 members, all of whom work and/or live in Rockland County. Among the service projects New City Rotary conducts are an annual blood drive, food drives, highway cleanups, delivering food for Meals on Wheels, a coat drive and raising money for various local and international causes