Rotary fundraiser to bring Nashville musicians to Tiffin

PHOTO SUBMITTED Renee Armand

The Rotary Club of Tiffin is to host its newly revamped annual Rotary Auction 5:30-10 p.m. April 5.

The event has been part of the local philanthropic calendar for the past 34 years. The organization, whose motto is “Service Above Self”, has raised money for the Rotary Foundation through its annual auction since 1985, supporting organizations within the Tiffin community and around the world.

Though the goal of the auction remains the same as in previous years, this year’s event brings changes of form and venue. Titled Tiffin Rotary’s Spring Spectacular, in addition to silent and live auctions, there is to be cocktails, dinner and special musical entertainment.

The 2019 Rotary Spring Spectacular is to be at the Chandelier Community Event Center in downtown Tiffin, a space that has been renovated by owner and local entrepreneur Tom Fretz.

Over the past few years, funds raised through the Tiffin Rotary auctions have been used to support local and international organizations and events, including Rotary International Exchange student sponsorships, the NOAH Foundation’s Christmas Day Dinner, Special Olympics, Junior Fair and college scholarships.

Former Tiffin Rotary President and current Rotary District Governor Nominee Keith Hodkinson is to serve as master of ceremonies for the evening. Hodkinson puts special emphasis on the good the organization does on behalf of others, saying, “There are 1.2 million Rotarians around the world. We call ourselves People of Action. Whether it’s supporting a local youth baseball league, a reading program at the library, or building water filtration systems in Central America that give villagers healthy, clean water for the first time in their lives, Rotarians make sure that we always put service above ourselves.”

He adds, “This auction is our major annual fundraiser, which allows us to support these projects. We guarantee a great time and a feeling of purpose that you have helped your neighbors here in Seneca County and people from all over the world that you will most likely never have the opportunity to meet, but you will have changed their lives.”

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the silent auction is to open for guests to see and bid on a variety of items and specialty gift baskets in a range of values, including sports and music memorabilia, artwork, home goods, gift certificates from local businesses and more.

Bartenders from The Renaissance, known for crafting cocktails, are to provide mixed drinks, along with beer and wine, at the cash bar. A full buffet dinner is to include meat and vegetarian options, as well as side dishes and an assortment of cheesecakes for dessert.

After dinner, the entertainment will alternate between musical performances and live auctions. Led by Nashville singer Renee Armand, a six-piece band’s performance is to feature songs from Armand’s career as a vocalist with such music luminaries as Tony Bennett, Miles Davis, the Woody Herman Orchestra and John Denver, with whom she recorded and toured for over a decade, adding her signature harmonies to songs like “Fly Away,”\, “Annie’s Song” and “Take Me Home Country Roads.”

Also, Armand is to perform original songs she wrote for Hoyt Axton and other musical artists, as well as favorites from jazz and cabaret shows she has played all over the world.

Between music sets, Tiffin Realtor Bill Jones is to lead the crowd through a live auction, featuring four vacation home stays, OSU/Michigan football game tickets, a diamond pendant from Jeffrey Jewelers, a chef-prepared murder mystery dinner and bourbon tasting at The Renaissance.

2019 event chair Beth Schweitzer encourages the community to come out, saying, “This should be one of the most exciting events happening this year in Tiffin. You won’t want to miss it.”

If you go . . .

Limited tickets are still available for $60/single or $100/couple at Jeffrey Jewelry, Ralph’s Joy of Living, and Lange, Gordon, Rannigan, and Claus (27 Court Street, Tiffin). Tickets may also be purchased online at 2019TiffinRotary

Auction.eventbrite.com.

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