This year’s Rotary Club of Elk Grove’s major fundraiser, the 16th annual Beef and Reef Bash, will look different this year.

We will be selling a tri-tip dinner for four, and each meal includes tri-tip, shrimp, mashed potatoes, salad, rolls, and fruit cobbler. Meals will be ready for pickup between 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Lent Ranch, 10551 Grant Line Road, Elk Grove.

Limited seating will also be offered at the ranch.

Maryl Lee Babock, the club’s president, said: “This event is our club’s primary source of working capital for the year and proceeds raised allow the Rotary Club of Elk Grove to provide funding for a variety of community and international service projects. Over the past 16 years, this event has raised nearly $900,000 for such community causes as the Senior Center of Elk Grove, Elk Grove High School FFA, scholarships for local students, Elk Grove Food Bank Services, Project R.I.D.E., improvements for local park facilities, operational costs for the H.A.R.T. transitional houses, dictionaries for third grade students, housing and school facilities for children in El Salvador, secondary school sponsorships for students in Africa, and restroom facilities for Iruri Primary School in Kenya.”

Also this year, our silent auction is now online. Visit https://ElkGroveRotary.SchoolAuction.net/BeefReef21/Catalog. Some of the live auction packages include a six-night stay at an All-Suite Resort just minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta, four nights at a beautiful home in South Lake Tahoe, golf packages, electronics, artwork, and much more.

Lee said: “We’re excited about Beef and Reef on our 16th year! Even in this second year of COVID, we get to raise money that will impact the lives of people we may never meet. That’s what it means to be a Rotarian! Our club is extremely passionate about serving both locally and globally. It’s the spirit of giving back! It’s that type of connectivity that the community has supported all these years. We actually believe we can effectively change the lives of the homeless men, women, and children in our city. We also believe that we can do the same in Kenya and El Salvador! It’s the biggest party of the year in Elk Grove (even virtually), and for a great cause!”

Tickets are $80 per dinner and can be purchased online at www.ElkGroveRotary.org. They can also be bought at the following Elk Grove locations: C&T Specialties (9255 Survey Road, 916-685-4246), Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce (8820 Elk Grove Blvd., 916-691-3760), Valley Oak Appliances (9710 Elk Grove-Florin Road, 916-686-4690). Readers could also buy tickets from any member of the Rotary Club of Elk Grove.

In addition to purchasing dinner and participating in the online auction, companies and individuals can also provide event sponsorships. There are seven levels of sponsorships ranging from $100 to $10,000. Sponsorships are tax-deductible. Payments should be made to “Elk Grove Rotary Foundation.”

For more information on sponsorships, visit www.ElkGroveRotary.org or contact Maryl Lee at mlc34@citlink.net or (916) 690-2323.

Lee thanks the following sponsors: Elk Grove Milling, Red Oak BBQ, Herburger Publications Inc., Cosumnes Community Services District, Elk Grove Unified School District, DR Design & Remodel, Valley Oak Appliance, Florin Automotive, Closet Factory (Barbara Feist), and Patriot Pool Service.