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Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:48 PM

Music, auctions and taste testing are on the menu when the Rotary Club of Grand Haven hosts A D’Vine Event from 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Chinook Pier. Tickets are $35.

Money raised during the third annual event will go to the Grand Haven Schools Foundation for a program that helps at-risk kids ages 3-4. Last year's event brought in more than $25,000.

Lana Jacobson, a Grand Haven Rotarian and vice president of the Grand Haven Schools Foundation, said the two organizations working together has helped drive the program's impact. To date, they've raised about $57,000 and provided 70 scholarships through A D’Vine Event and other events.

During Thursday's event, participants may bid on artwork, a trip, sports tickets and more during silent and live auctions as the Fred Knapp Trio plays jazz music.

Grand Haven Rotary President Kelly Larson said they wanted to partner with the school foundation because their at-risk program helps level the playing field for young students who might otherwise lag behind their peers.

“I can’t wait to see how these kids do during their educational careers,” Larson said.

Jacobson said investing in the children is an investment into the community’s future.

“I can’t think of anything more important,” she said.

Want to go?

When: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, June 27

Where: Grand Haven Farmers Market, Chinook Pier

Cost: $35

Tickets: Tickets are available at the Tri-Cities Family YMCA, online at grandhavenrotary.org, from any Grand Haven Rotarian, by calling Megan at 616-822-1769 or at the door.

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