Media Release: 2017 Anacortes Rotary Anthony’s dinner: Wednesday, February 22
For more information: Contact Tom Decker, 360-899-9173
The Rotary Club of Anacortes will hold its seventh annual community benefit dinner at Anthony's at Cap Sante restaurant Wednesday, February 22.  All proceeds from the evening will go to six school groups and a local dance program, based on submissions to the club’s giving committee.
Recipients are: Anacortes School District, “Books to go” program to distribute age-appropriate books to select students; Fidalgo Dance Works, autism movement therapy and dance for students with special needs; Anacortes Middle School, ovens for cooking class; Anacortes Robotics Booster Club, operating budget support; Island View Elementary School, kiln for art class; Anacortes High School Science Department, “Science Café” start-up program; and Anacortes High School Spanish Class, subscriptions for scholastic Spanish magazines and newspapers.
The dinner is open to the public.  Tickets are available from Anacortes Rotary Club members or at the club website:  Cost is $110 per person.
“These grant recipients will serve a large population of students and youth in our community,” Anacortes Rotary president-elect Krista Oicles said. “They came to our club with creative, well-focused grant requests to meet the needs of many students and to fill the gaps in existing programs to assist young people.” 
Each year, the staff at Anthony’s creates a special menu for dinner guests.
Rotary Club members credit Anthony’s for opening its doors to the Anacortes community for this event. “The Anthony's organization brings in a large number of their team-members, preparing a distinctive meal, providing a wonderful evening of fun, all to benefit community program, said Club President Kevin Meenaghan. “It is a great team effort: Anthony’s provides the dinner and the club provides wine paired with the meals.”
For the past six years Anthony's has opened the restaurant to the Anacortes Rotary Club for an evening.  As a result, all proceeds from the sale of tickets go to local charities and community groups.  Past recipients include the Anacortes Boys & Girls Club, Gentry House, Senior Activity Center, Anacortes Family Center and the Salvation Army.
Last year’s event raised more than $25,000 for four location organizations: Friends of the Anacortes Library, Friends of Fidalgo Pool & Fitness, Anacortes Senior Activity Foundation and American Legion Causland post 13.
Since the first Anthony’s event in 2011, the Anacortes Rotary Club has raised and donated more than $114,000 for local programs and groups.