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Rotary spends "An Evening in Paradise"



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Gilford Rotary president John Beland recognizes Megan Beinoras for designing the cover of the program every year. (Photo by Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
April 17, 2019
Partiers enjoyed some tropical-themed fun to round out the winter months during the annual "An Evening in Paradise" fundraiser for the Gilford Rotary.

Guests in leis, Hawaiian shirts, and other tropical and summer themed attire came out to Contigiani's Conference and Event Center on Saturday night to dance, sample from a buffet, hear some live music, and take their chances at a silent auction and raffles.

"An Evening in Paradise" is a major fundraiser for the Gilford Rotary. Committee member Don Clarke said the focus was on having a good time and alleviating cabin fever from the winter. The party had a tropical theme with a live music from Hot Tamales, buffet dinner, silent auction, and raffles.

In years past, the party took place at the Gilford Youth Center, but moved to Contigiani's Conference Center this year, which Clarke said was a bit more convenient for the event with better acoustics and set up provided by the venue. Contigiani's Catering set up the event and provided food and service.

"Contigiani's does a great job with that," Clarke said.

Clarke said many different businesses contributed to the event: 38 different sponsors provided everything from small amounts to large amounts.

Gilford Rotary president John Beland said the interest and support this event has received is "phenomenal."

"We're so blessed to have this support in the community, with the Gilford Rotary Club that supports the work that we do to help those in need," Beland said

During the event, Beland thanked all of the guests and those who supported the event.

"We could not do this without the support of all of you who have bought tickets to be here tonight," Beland said to the audience.

Beland recognized the committee for its work organizing this event. Special recognition went to Megan Beinoras, who has done the art for the program's cover for the past five years. Beinoras was presented with a certificate of recognition.

Funds from the event will to different nonprofit organizations the Rotary supports including the Gilford Youth Center, the Circle Program, Camp Mayhew, and many others. Other fundraisers include the Christmas tree sale, the Old Home Day pancake breakfast, and a food booth at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

"We have a really great group off committed people in the Lakes Region to support us," Clarke said.

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