Rotary International District 5890
"Be A Friend" Dinner - Oct 22
Editor: Bohreer, Michelle
Posted on Aug 01 2010

This Friday, October 22, from 7:00-10:00pm, District 5890 is hosting its "Be A Friend" Dinner to honor Non-Government Organizations (NGO) with whom Rotary Clubs throughout the district have a wonderful working relationship.  The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza, 8686 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77054 We would like to invite you to an evening of awards, fun, food and entertainment.  Registration will open at 6:00pm.  Be sure to register early enough to review all the auction items.   The dress is "Black Tie Optional"

On Friday night, October 22, 2010, Rotary District 5890 and its 63 Rotary Clubs (yes, that means your Rotary Club) are hosting the Be A Friend Dinner.  This evening will be FUN.  The Be a Friend Dinner committee has worked tirelessly to make October 22, 2010, an enjoyable evening for everyone and a platform where our Rotary Clubs within District 5890 will build relationships, yes the very community RI President Ray Klinginsmith asks us to build, with 18 incredible non-governmental organizations with whom our Rotary Clubs are currently working in partnership. This evening will stand as an example of how to Build Communities and Bridge Continents.  We will be serenaded by the Salvation Army Harbor Lights Choir, tantalized with fantastic live and silent auction items, while imbibing wine donated from the California Wine Club, and the evening will culminate with the presentation of our 2010 Rotary Friend Awards to 6 of our outstanding 18 honorees.

The Be a Friend Dinner is your Club's event. This unique opportunity allows your Club to have a mini-fundraiser within an event managed and run through District volunteers. How does that work? Well, assuming that we sell out the ballroom with 350 people (we are already over 220), a $1,500 table purchase at the Amigos level would be divided as follows:  $400 for the hard costs associated with the dinner, $366.66 will be returned to your Club (or club foundation) for use by your club however your Club sees fit, $366.66 will be donated to Rotary Foundation in the name of the table purchaser or the designated Rotary Club, and $366.67 will be divided among our 6 Friend Award recipients. The ability for your Club to make money and earn Foundation credit exists not only with respect to table purchases, but also with silent and live auction donations. For example, if you or a close friend own a vacation home and are willing to donate a week's use of that home to our live auction and that item sells for $3,600, the proceeds would be divided $1,200 to the Rotary Club (or Friend Honoree) securing the auction item, $1,200 to the Rotary Foundation in the name of the person making the donation or the Rotary Club at the donor's request; and $1,200 to be divided among our 2010 Rotary Friend Award winners. This event is unique with respect to each Club's ability to use it as a Club fundraiser while making lifetime friendships and connections with our outstanding Honorees. Come out and join us on October 22nd, sell a sponsorship, buy individual tickets, donate a live or silent auction item, get involved and have fun. We hope to see you there!

The Be a Friend Dinner will be a time when Rotary District 5890 celebrates its strategic partners and alliances. District 5890 embraces TEAM, Together Everyone Achieves More, realizing that by building communities (finding common ground with others desiring to make a difference), amazing changes occur.
We have so many examples of amazing strategic partnerships created between Rotary Clubs in District 5890 and other non-governmental organizations. One shining example of this TEAM work is Rotary's partnership with the Bill and Linda Gates Foundation to eradicate polio. This fall, District 5890 desires to honor and recognize those strategic partners with whom we are Building Communities and Bridging Continents. 

Did I mention live and silent auctions also?
Angie Jimenez has already outdone himself again, securing a "Miniature Horse" as one of the live auction items.  Click on the following link to learn more about Julie Logan's Julie's Jewels Miniature Horse Farm

For more info, click on the "Who, What, Where, When, How" link on the left side of this web page.

To purchase tickets or to sponsor a table, click on the "Sponsorship Form" on the left side, or to purchase tickets or a table on-line, click on "On-Line Registration"

To provide auction items, click on "Auction Item Form"

For more information, contact:
Michelle Bohreer
District "Be A Friend" Committee Chair

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