Annapolis, MD (November 22, 2019) –The Rotary Club of Annapolis held the Maria Maher Wine Tasting Fundraiser November 10 at the home of Elaine and Jay Shanley of Annapolis.
The annual event, named in memory of Maria Maher, a beloved Rotarian who helped establish the fundraiser several years ago, raised $5,000. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match that figure 2:1 toward Rotary International’s program to eradicate polio from the world.
The ongoing program, Polio Plus, provides vaccines to combat the paralyzing and devastating – yet preventable disease. Currently fewer than 100 instances of polio still exist, with cases confined to Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.
Event chair Luisa Gil recruited fellow Rotarians Kevin Hurley and Bill Davis as wine servers, and thanked generous sponsors for supporting the event: Annapolis Market House, Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits, Blackwall Hitch, Cabot, Costco, Flamant, Main & Market, Café Mezzanote, Rentals to Remember, Saucy Salamander, The Palate Pleasers, and Trader Joe’s.
Photos attached (1) Kevin Hurley, Luisa Gil, and Bill Davis, servers; (2) Chuck Ferrar with hostess Elaine Shanley; (3) Carol Gausz and Phil Reynolds.
Photos courtesy of Don Roland and Dave Mattingley.