Tastings Providers

Wine:  Lacey, Norm Hardie, Closson Chase, Hinterland

Beer:  Midtown, Prince Eddie

Cider:  Crimson

Soda:  County Soda

Cheese:  Black River                                                       

Our Story

The Wellington Rotary Fundraiser Dinner is an annual event, held in the Highline Hall, Wellington Community Centre, in support of various charitable causes in Prince Edward County.  
In 2015, the "Grape Gatsby" event featured music and attire of the roaring '20s.  The very successful evening raised $8400 for the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Fund.
In 2016, "Grape Balls of Fire" focused on the fun of the '50s. This well attended evening earned $11,000, donated to the Storehouse Foodbank and the Wellington Community Gardens.
In 2017, we celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday with our “Canada 150, Eh!” evening.  Our charitable cause was our special project to raise funds for a New Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital (PECMH).  We raised over $15,000 for the evening. 
In 2018, we celebrated "Saturday Night Fever Disco Ball", which was themed to the tunes of the late 70's.  Many participants came dressed in attire of the period and plan to dance the night away.  The evening included complimentary tastings of wine, cider, beer and spirits produced in Prince Edward County, along with a full course dinner by Chef Michael Hoy.  Throughout the evening, both silent and live auctions were featured, followed by dancing to the tunes of the 70's. We also had a Heads & Tails 50/50 Draw.   Proceeds from the evening were directed to the Wellington Rotary Foundation's New PEC Hospital Capital Fund.
For 2019, we teamed up with the Prince Edward Cattlemen's Association to present a County Classic Round Up.  The atmosphere was informal, just like dinner with friends and neighbours on the farm.  We served delicious tender Prince Edward County Roast Beef, as only the Cattlemen can provide.  We had a capacity crowd of over 250 attendees from across the County, and included MPP Todd Smith and Mayor Steve Ferguson.  Wine and spirits tastings were provided prior to dinner, silent auction items were available for bidding throughout the evening, and a live auction called by auctioneer Craig Carson was the feature after dinner. Everyone was very generous, and proceeds from the evening exceeded $35,000, which was beyond our expectations. The funds will be directed to the Wellington Rotary Foundation's New PEC Hospital Capital Fund. Pictures from the event may be viewed by clicking HERE.
For 2020 we had to change our program because COVID hit and we could not hold a dinner/dance. Instead, we held an online auction which turned out to be very successful. With 123 items in a four-week auction, 129 bidders raised $24,000. Since our typical audience did not need more “stuff”, we emphasized consumables and experiences. The most popular category was food and restaurants; however, the most lucrative was a Ford truck.
For 2021 it was decided that since we were still in the throes of the pandemic and businesses would be hard-pressed to donate that we would not hold a fundraising auction this year.