ELIZABETH, NJ - Elizabeth Rotary Club’s annual fan-favorite fundraiser flooded the Renaissance Hotel’s ballroom with novice and seasoned foodies alike Monday evening, raising more than $13,000 to put toward community initiatives.

Entering its 12th year, Taste of Elizabeth offered 40 food and beverage vendors that came together for a smorgasbord of cultures and cuisines. With more than 400 tickets sold, event chairman and Rotary Club member Doug Harris said 2018 was Taste’s most successful installment to date.

“It’s really a win-win-win,” Harris said. “It’s great exposure for the vendors, attendees always enjoy themselves and the proceeds go right back to the community.”

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The collection of establishments represented the fare of Haiti, Columbia, Italy, Mexico, Thailand, Cuba and more.  

This year was also saw the event’s first tricky tray, which helped bolster the overall proceeds, according to Harris. The roughly $13,000 will go to the Albert and Louise Davis Scholarship Fund, which provides grants to students in Elizabeth, and the Rotary’s Charitable Giving Fund.

Elizabeth Rotary, which turned 101 in February, uses its Charitable Giving Fund to benefit worthy community-based projects. It’s most recent donation helped build the new emergency department at Trinitas Regional Medical Center. Over the years, Taste of Elizabeth and its predecessor, Taste of the Town, have accumulated more than $400,000 for the scholarship fund and local initiatives.

Founded in 1917, Elizabeth Rotary is a service organization of more than 45 local businesses and leaders that aims to honor the motto “service above self.”

For more information about Elizabeth Rotary and its activities, visit elizabethrotary.org.

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