Marilyn Rafter, President of Tsawwassen Rotary shares memories of the Wine Gala fundraiser put on by Chef Roland Smith of Illuminaté Restorante as a very successful and fun fundraiser that supports local and international projects.

"What a delightful way to raise money for excellent projects that benefit our community and world" said Garry Shearer, chair of the committee that put together a memorable and very successful night. Garry also emceed the night of great service, exotic culinary delights and exceptional wine all for a good cause raising over $15,000 for Rotary projects. 


Last weekend the 2nd Annual Wine Pairing Dinner and fundraiser was a five course culinary extravaganza prepared by Chef Roland Smith at Tsawwassen's Illuminaté Restorante. 


"It was absolutely outstanding, rave reviews from everyone I spoke to and the people around me that evening" declared Dave Hamilton.


Rotary President, Marilyn Rafter described the night as "An awesome evening with great food and positive feedback".from the full house in attendance.


Marilyn's husband Bill served as auctioneer overseeing the 23 Silent auction items and 11 major live auction lots.


The auction included many wines, a 3 l reserve magnum and 65 bottle wall of wine, stunning artwork and culinary delights including catering and other enchantments for the home.


Wine Gala Committee: Chair Garry Shearer, President Marilyn Rafter,

Leslie Abramson, Alex Tappert, Ed Lye, Blair Ledingham, Graeme Peck,

Rick Lewall, Roger Pryke, Henk Velduis, Jill Moore, Guenter Shreiber,

Dave Hamilton



Chef Roland Smith and Illuminaté Restorante 

Atlantis Day Spa

Beaches Restaurant


Canadian Linen

Cedar Rim Nursery

Coast Tsawwassen Inn

Delta Funeral Home

Dr Ross Gorrell, Dr Tom Green, Dr Ash Kler,

Dr Larry Leslie, Dr Markey, Dr Paul Witt

F. Roger M. Pryke at Pryke Lambert Leathley Russell LLP

Flowers Beautiful

Harris Nursery

Hester Creek Winery

LeNoble Orchids

Log Homes Canada

Mark Anthony Group

Mud Bay Wines

My Party Rentals

Osoyoos Golf Club

Point Roberts Marina

Robyn Leake Landscape design

Rotary Club of Tsawwassen members

Sunnnyside Nursery

Wagner's European Fabricare


About Tsawwassen Rotary:

Tsawwassen Rotarians volunteer to support local, international and youth projects. They are business owners, managers and professionals who enjoy fun, fellowship and live or work in our community. They invite any like-minded men and women to join.


Chicago lawyer Paul Harris founded Rotary in 1905 by bringing together four friends in a spirit of friendship and understanding. Each member was from a different business or profession. Rotary Clubs continue to draw members from the many different business and professional leaders in their communities.


Rotary has grown into a service organization of business and professional men and women from around the world who conduct humanitarian projects, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and work toward world understanding and peace. There are over 1.2 million service-minded men and women belonging to more than 32,000 clubs in over 160 countries.