Rotary making plans for annual beach party

The Trenton Rotary Club is gearing up to offer its fourth annual Winter Beach Blast, a “summer fun”-themed fundraiser slated for 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at Crystal Gardens in Southgate.

Created as a way to offer area residents a one-night “winter getaway” close to home, the Blast includes dinner, entertainment and wide range of games, activities and chances to win prizes.

The cost to attend is $35 in advance or $40 at the door.

Money raised from the Blast is used to support charitable endeavors the Rotary Club engages in throughout the year.

“This is a great event that helps a lot of worthwhile causes,” said Timber Baun-Crooks, a member of Trenton Rotary and chairwoman of this year’s event, “and we’re proud to be able to offer it at a very affordable price.”

Along with planning the evening’s activities, Baun-Crooks’ committee is seeking sponsors from the business community and has begun selling tickets to the general public.

Businesses have several creative sponsorship options to choose from, ranging from the $1,000 Big Kahuna major sponsor offering to a $125 Lifeguard event patron sponsorship. Other sponsor levels include Parrothead ($250) and Land Shark ($500).

A special group rate of $30 a ticket also is available for businesses or individuals interested in buying 10 or more tickets.

“The nice thing is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a fun time at the Winter Beach Blast,” Baun-Crooks said.

Along with a full dinner served buffet-style, the ticket price includes premium bar, along with a variety of entertainment offerings, including music by T.J. Monte and performances by members of the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center.

The beach theme will be prevalent in the room decor at the banquet hall, and ticket purchasers are encouraged to dress in Hawaiian or other beach attire. Prizes will be awarded for the best beach attire.

“And you need to be comfortably dressed — especially if you want to enter the limbo or Hula-Hoop contests,” Baun-Crooks said.

Throughout the evening attendees will have a chance to participate in various prize drawings and raffles, as well as bid on an assortment of items available through both silent and live auctions. Among the live auction items expected to be available are vacation condominiums in Florida and Cabo San Lucas, as well as a few surprises. The silent auction will feature numerous themed gift baskets, sports tickets, artwork and collectibles.

Also back by popular demand this year will be the Coconut Cash reverse raffle that was introduced at last year’s event and quickly sold out. The $20-a-ticket raffle offers a one-in-200 chance to win up to $2,000.

Winter Beach Blast tickets can be obtained by contacting Kyle Stack at (734) 493-3817. Sponsorship details are available from Kathy Kane at (734) 676-9561, or Valerie Dzagulones, (734) 671-2505.

Auction items also are being sought. Anyone who is able to donate to the silent or live auctions can contact Carol Crumpton at (734) 675-4721.

Trenton Rotary supports as many as 50 different charities or events each year with its donations. Proceeds from last year’s event aided a number of causes, including the Trenton Food Pantry, ChristNet, local tree planting projects and Turn Off The Violence. A full list of the organizations that Trenton Rotary has provided assistance to in recent years can be found on the club’s Website at

Comprehensive details on the sponsorship options are available at