Posted by John Cote on Jun 15, 2018
The 2018 Annual Rotary Club of Flushing’s  Beer Tent and Raffle Fundraiser event will be held on Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23, from 6:00-11:30PM each evening in downtown Flushing at Riverview Park. The event will be a part of the annual Flushing Summerfest. The Beer Tent, Friday 6/22 and Saturday 6/23, will be open from 6:00-11:30PM, and will feature a selection of draft and craft beers available for purchase. There is a $5.00 cover charge for admission to the Beer Tent, and no one under 21 will be admitted.  Official ID (driver license) will be required for entry.  
For entertainment we will have back by popular demand the band Rachelle Rae and the Banned, performing both nights from 8PM-11PM.   
On Saturday evening, 6/23/18, we will hold the drawing for our annual Raffle at 9:00 PM in the Beer Tent.  Tickets for the raffle are $10.00 each, and may be purchased at the event Friday evening (6PM-11PM) and Saturday prior to the raffle drawing at 9:00 PM Saturday night 6/23/18.  A Grand Prize of $1,000 will be awarded, along with a $500 second prize, a $250 third prize, two $150 prizes, three $100 prizes, and four $50 prize winners. Raffle tickets are also available for purchase by mail from the Flushing Rotary Club, P.O. Box 377, Flushing MI 48433 (make checks payable to Flushing Rotary Club and include your mailing address on a self-addressed stamped envelope for mailing tickets) or from Flushing Rotary Club members.  Tickets will also be available from the Flushing Chamber of Commerce, 105 E. Main St., downtown Flushing, Mon-Fri 9AM-4PM, (810-659-4141), and at a Rotary table at the entrance of Bueche’s Food World during the 3 weeks preceding the event.  The 2017 Raffle and tent event raised $20,000 for Rotary Club projects in the community. We are hopeful of raising additional funds for community projects at this year’s event.  
Funds raised from this event will go toward Rotary Club of Flushing community projects as in years past.  Some of the projects completed by the Rotary Club of Flushing include:
  • The $260,000 renovation and installation of new permanent stadium seats in the Flushing Riverview Park amphitheatre for concerts and movies in the park in summer, and other events (seats pictured below)
  • Renovated the elevated observation platform overlooking the Flint river in Riverview Park
  • An initial partner organization in the development of the Flushing Nature Trail
  • Sponsorship of the Interact Club at Flushing High School, providing Flushing High School students with community service project opportunities and international networking.
  • Providing annual high school graduate scholarships (2-4 scholarships at $1,000 each) awarded to area high school graduates who demonstrate exemplary community service while in high school.
  • Literacy programs in collaboration with Flushing Community Schools.
The Flushing Rotary Club has invested approximately $260,000 in the Riverview Park seating project at the band shell , and collectively over $650,000 in the Flushing community over the past 25 years. We have other community projects in the planning and evaluation stage that will be determined by community needs and dependent upon the funds raised from the annual Beer Tent fundraiser and Raffle proceeds. 
  As an affiliate of Rotary International, the world’s first and largest service organization, the Flushing Rotary Club exists to provide “Service above Self” and contribute to service in the Flushing Community and internationally.  The Flushing Rotary Club would like to express its appreciation to the Flushing community for its continuing support of our projects in Flushing.   We hope to see you on June 22 & 23, between 6PM-11PM at our tent at Riverview park during Summerfest 2018.  Come out and see your friends and neighbors and spend an enjoyable evening with good beer and live musical entertainment. Again, thank you for your support of the Flushing Rotary Club and our community. Security will be provided to ensure an enjoyable event. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the event on June 22 & 23, from 6-11PM in Riverview park. Look for the giant tent and people having fun!