By Jennie Acklin

A gourmet dinner party is planned for Saturday evening at John Harvard’s Cabana Bar at Holiday Valley, starting at 6 p.m.  When you take a peek at the Italian-themed menu, you’ll find 14 local restaurants serving their specialties – Tuscan Seafood Boil, Chicken Marsalla, Frutti De Mar (Scallops, Shrimp & Mussels), Veal Cannelloni, Momma’s Lasagna, and hand-carved beef tenderloin, just to mention a few. And the infamous dessert table of Tom Kneeland and Watson’s Chocolates cake, cookie and tart creations, can make a meal in and of itself.

Entertainment will be provided by the smooth crooning of Michael Nugent, from Lancaster NY, singing the classics of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, and Bobby Darin. (insert Nugent photo)

Twenty-two ECS students have volunteered to be servers at the event, and will be trained by the staff of John Harvard’s.

And you can’t miss the auctions – there in an extensive silent auction, and a short “live” auction. Bid on Buffalo Sabres tickets, Buffalo Bills tickets, Cutco knives, a kayak, and so much more. The baskets are donated by individuals, out of town guests, and some are created and donated by the Rotary Club.

The reason for putting together such a fabulous evening goes far beyond good food, smooth music, and auction items.  This is the primary fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Ellicottville —  a service organization that helps our community of parents and their young children, students, senior citizens and anyone else  in need of assistance.

“This event is the largest income event for the Rotary Club of Ellicottville, and it funds all of our year-round  programs. Tuscan Moon is critical to our mission. Oh, and it’s a lot of fun!” said Rotarian Greg Cappelli.

The Rotary Club of Ellicottville/Foundation for Youth and Family Support assists with the Ellicottville Food Pantry, the Women’s Shelter, medical emergencies, various ECS student programs, Ellicottville Memorial Library summer reading program and many other ongoing library programs, Kids’ Halloween Party at the Ellicottville American Legion, Bob McCarthy’s Irish Christmas, Santa’s Workshop, the Alley Katz and ongoing support for the Rotary Auditorium at the new Town Center, to name a few. The Rotary also provides school supplies to students at the start of the school year, special requests for eyeglasses, hearing aids, clothing and other items for ECS students. Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for families in need are also a part of their community support.

It’s not too late to purchase tickets for the Saturday evening event. Just call Kegs at (716) 699-8758, or visit the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce, Katy’s Cafe or EVL Spirits. Your $65 ticket purchase will go so far to help so many!

New members are always welcome – come to a meeting and see what it’s all about. Meetings are held every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Ellicottville American Legion on Maples Road.

If you’d like to donate to the Rotary Club of Ellicottville, please send your check to:

Foundation for Youth, PO Box 101, Ellicottville, NY 14731.