Rotary adds dream vacation raffle to summer auction


Auction chairwoman Jane Birckhead of Morrow, Ohio, touts the price of a private fly fishing vacation at a recent Rotary Club meeting.

Step into Victorian elegance at the legendary Hotel del Coronado near San Diego. Take the family to Disney World and stay a week in an Orlando townhouse. Host your own whiskey blending party for eight people.

These are just a few of the holiday and party packages available to the public as part of a luxury raffle that is part of the annual Believe 2 Achieve auction and summer party on August 7 at Brain Brew Distillery in Newtown.

The annual fundraiser is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cincinnati and its philanthropic arm, the Rotary Foundation of Cincinnati.

Proceeds benefit three charities serving children and adults with disabilities, meaning your raffle or auction dollars go double, helping to support Stepping Stones Camp Allyn in Batavia, The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati and Visionaries + Voices, which helps artists with disabilities find their voices and place in the community.

Since launching in 2012, Believe 2 Achieve has raised more than $ 1 million to support programs for children and adults with disabilities, said Linda Muth, executive director of the Rotary Club of Cincinnati, Anderson Township.

Vacation packages have always been a highlight of the live auction at the event. This year, you don’t have to be at the party to have a chance to enjoy one of these vacations.

Rotary will be selling raffle tickets for $ 100 each, offering a chance to win one of five vacation or event packages of your choice. Buyers designate their choice on the back of the ticket. A ticket will be drawn at the party. The remaining four options will be part of the live auction at the event.

“We only sell 150 raffle tickets,” Muth said. “The winner doesn’t have to be present to win.”

The vacation packages available for the raffle are:

· A five-day, four-night stay at the Hotel del Coronado, the Victorian seaside resort in California where Marilyn Monroe’s “Some Like it Hot” was filmed. Includes plane tickets and tickets to local attractions. Value, $ 4,500.

· One week in an Orlando townhouse for six people, plus a $ 500 gift card to Disney World. Value, $ 2,500.

A two-night glamping package for four at Kings Island Camp Cedar Resort, with tickets to Kings Island and the Cincinnati Zoo. Value, $ 2000.

· Brain Brew personalized whiskey blending class in your home for eight people with a personalized whiskey bottle for each guest and $ 200 in catering. Value, $ 1,500.

· Private clay and shotgun lessons for four with renowned marksmanship instructor Mike Fridenmaker. Value, $ 2,000.

Vacation options expand if you attend the event and bid at the live auction, where additional getaways include a three-day, four-night private guided fly-fishing trip at the exclusive Double R Lodge in Montana – valued at $ 12,000 with a departure offer of $ 3,000. A French Quarter getaway for two couples includes four days and three nights at the historic Hotel Monteleone, gift certificates at Café De monde and dinner at Antoine’s – a value of $ 3,000 with a starting stake of $ 500 .

Auction chairwoman Jane Birckhead donned fishing gear at a recent Rotary meeting to describe these auction prices which she called welcome treats after more than a year of pandemic isolation.

The event also includes a silent auction with stunning prizes available to bidders at the event or at home, using smartphones or computers.

Over 100 silent auction options include: original artwork, jewelry, gift card packages, a Waterford crystal vase, four FC Cincinnati suite tickets, and a piece of Cincinnati history – two marble stands from the LaNormandie restaurant with souvenirs from LaNormandie and the house. The silent auction also has a vacation option – a week in a Longboat Key, Florida condo at the luxurious Cedars Tennis Resort.

Believe-2-Achieve includes cocktails and appetizers as well as a buffet dinner. Tickets cost $ 175 per person. Bob Herzog, local news personality 12, will host the event.

Event sponsors will be able to create their own personalized bourbon blend with the help of mixologist Molly Wellmann.

For tickets, sponsorship information, to purchase a raffle ticket, or to learn how to bid from home, contact the Rotary Club of Cincinnati at or call 513-421-1080.

The Rotary Club of Cincinnati was founded in 1910 as a service and networking organization with a mission to provide selfless service to the community and to the world and to meet the needs of children with physical and social needs.


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