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Boyce and Kathy with friends Jean and Dick Davis, 2008
 
It was in 2003 when Asbury Park Rotarian Boyce Overstreet had the idea to hold an elegant social event to which Rotary club members could invite their family and friends for an enjoyable evening.  He was familiar with the wine tasting dinner conducted at nearby Deal Golf and Country Club for its members and felt it would be the perfect function for Rotary to duplicate.  Combine gourmet food and fine wine with impeccable service in a beautiful, exclusive setting and it had to be a night to remember.
 
Of course, Rotary is the greatest service organization in the world and Rotarians are always looking for a way to contribute to the community.  It was decided to donate a portion of the dinner price to a worthy local organization.  Eventually a 50/50 raffle and silent auction were added and, along with some generous on-the-spot gifts, the event is now a significant fund raiser.
 
The current year’s president of the Rotary Club of Asbury Park selects the group to receive the benefits of the wine dinner from within the club’s service area of Asbury Park, Neptune and Ocean Township.  For the first dinner in 2004, Rotary President Richard Buckley selected the Asbury Park Senior Center.  A complete entertainment center was purchased.  With the help of Ed Lacey, husband of Rotarian Robin, it was installed in Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s chapel, the Senior Center’s location at the time.
 
The Rotary Wine Dinner is now an annual event that is eagerly awaited by Rotary club members and friends of Rotary alike.
 
 
Year
President
Beneficiary Organization
 
2004
Richard Buckley
Asbury Park Senior Center – Entertainment Center
2005
Boyce Overstreet
Schroth Center for Cerebral Palsy -- Wheel Chair Lift
2006
Joan Desmarais
K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at JSUMC – Resource Room
2007
Robin Platt-Lacey
Asbury Park Police Athletic League – Boxing Ring
2008
Thomas Price
Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth – College Mentoring Program
2009
Sanford Brown
Francis Asbury Manor – Entertainment Center
2010
Matthew Taylor
Michael’s Feat – EEG Machine for NICU at JSUMC
2011
Jeffery Bassett
Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County
2012
Robert Johnson, Jr.
Mary’s Place by the Sea
2013
Penny McDaniel
Mercy Center of Asbury Park
2014
Tom Gilmour III
Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation
2015
          
Roger Stein
 
The Mya Lin Terry Foundation
 
2016
   
2017
Traudy Grande
 
Brenda Skinner
Sisters Academy of Mercy Center
 
Allaire Community Farm