Drink A Little, Help A Lot!


Monday, October 22, 2018   6:00 - 8:30

Click HERE to Buy Tickets -- $75

NRECA Building, Ground Floor, 4301 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington (Easy Parking, Near Metro)

Help a 
Wine &
Craft Beer
   Food     Music   Sponsors    Raffle 


Drink A Little, Help A Lot!

Wine Helps, now in its third year, is the Arlington Rotary Club’s effort to create a unique, fun event that will help raise funds to meet needs in our community. Each year, we select a deserving, effective non-profit community service organization which will receive a large portion of the funds we raise.

Funds raised beyond our target amount for the “featured charity” also go 100% to support other good causes such as our Arlington Rotary Educational Foundation, which provides two different types of scholarships to students graduating from Arlington high schools, incidental funds to bolster Arlington school-related programs (science, athletics), or local organizations like the Arlington Academy of Hope or Arlington Food Assistance Center.  Arlington Rotary adds zero overhead!

This year, we have chosen Doorways for Women and Children as our Featured Charity. Doorways creates pathways out of homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault leading to safe, stable and empowered lives.  Learn more below, or go to


For most of us, the word “home” conjures images of warmth, happiness and a sense of belonging. But what if the only place you had to call home was where someone was causing you and your children harm?  What if home didn’t exist at all, and the only way to keep your children off the street was to sleep in a car or beg friend after friend for a couch?  These situations affect more Arlingtonians than you might imagine.

The Doorways Model

Doorways for Women and Families envisions a day when all people in our community live free of violence and have safe and stable housing. Our goal is that every family that walks through our door walks through another – into a safe home of their own. Since 1978, we have given thousands of our neighbors a pathway out of violence and homelessness and empowered them to create brighter futures.

We understand that the causes of family homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault are profound and varied. Many of our clients have experienced just one of these issues, while others have faced all three. Doorways works to break the cycles of poverty and violence through every interaction we have with our clients and by advocating for systemic policy change. We are successful because we treat each person as an individual, tailoring our programs and services to help every adult and child we serve overcome trauma, build life skills and ultimately unlock their full potential. From immediate crisis intervention to counseling, housing and employment support, we offer real options and multiple pathways to build brighter futures.



Multiple wines will be available for tasting, sourced from Total Wine & More of Arlington, at a discount. You can order your favorite wines for later pickup at the store.

NEW for 2018 we are adding a Craft Beer Tasting.

We have made a selection of nine affordable wines of several varieties and types; and four locally
seasonal craft beers for tasting.

You will be able to taste at least the following:

  • a traditional Märzen style lager
  • a spiced amber ale
  • a classic English brown ale
  • a pumpkin imperial ale

All four are from Virginia micro-brewers. Exact names to be revealed at the party.



Food - "Heavy Grazing"

The evening's food is being provided by:

Allspice Cafe & Catering, a favorite location for American, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Asian, Upscale and Casual Gourmet. Allspice Catering’s personable staff, attention to detail and prompt delivery takes away the work and the worry so that you can relax. They make your life easier. Special thanks to the owners of Allspice Cafe & Catering for their generous donation and support for three years.

Mezeh Mediterranean Grill food is made in house every day from all natural and fresh ingredients to ensure that they do not contain any additives or preservatives. Their team members are passionate about supporting the local causes that are important to their guests. Special thanks to Patrick Mika, Mezeh Catering & Marketing Director, for their donation.

Lebanese Taverna, after nearly four decades in the national capital region, the Abi-Najm family has won the hearts and taste buds of foodies all over town. Today, the Lebanese Taverna Group owns and operates 12 locations around the Washington D.C. Metro area, and has been recognized for the very best Mediterranean cuisine. Lebanese Taverna is happy to support local charitable organizations. Special thanks to the Abi-Najm family for their donation.

Once again, we will be able to try Cabot Creamery Cooperative's great cheese. Cabot says: "Our farms and the towns they surround have been connected for a long time. Many of our families have been working their land for generations. We’re proud to be rooted in our communities. So that’s why we open our farms up and celebrate with friends, neighbors, and whoever else wants to stop by. That’s why we hand out cheese at events and grill up meals for volunteers. That’s why we teach kids all about fresh food and the importance of farms."

Finish with a good Dessert!  Sweets and treats from Lidl donated by Torsten Lubach.





Back by popular demand:  The Boaté & Ajluni Duo.

Tim Boaté and Anthony Ajluni have been playing music together since they met in 2012, while attending the University of Maryland. Their friendship is rooted in a shared love of a playing guitar, and a diverse list of music heroes ranging from Django Reinhardt to Wes Montgomery, Paul Simon, Tommy Emmanuel, The Grateful Dead, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder and many others. Together, they present a versatile yet distinct sound; crafting beautiful instrumental acoustic renditions ranging from pop classics, to folk, bluegrass, jazz, bossa, gypsy and more.  You can sample their music at


Sponsorships (Cash or Goods) and Donations

We welcome both cash and "in-kind" contributions.  Cash donors, at various levels, receive recognition and a number of admission tickets.  Sponsors also get the satisfaction of helping the Arlington community AND OUR THANKS.  We promise that every penny of our proceeds from this event will go to scholarships or charities, with no overhead.

In-Kind Sponsors:  Much of the wine, beer, food and raffle prizes at the event are donated or significantly discounted.  See the section on food to see the businesses involved.  Arlington Rotary THANKS them for supporting our community.

All sponsors will receive recognition in the program, and the slide show at the event.

If you want to help, but not as a sponsor, consider making a tax deductible donation of any amount.  Or buy raffle tickets. Every bit helps!  Click here.

To learn more about becoming a sponsor, contact foundation president Sherry Barndollar Rock.  Cash sponsors, at all levels, receive recognition and a specified number of admission tickets.  To see sponsorship levels, click here.




NEW this year.  There are multiple raffle prizes.  Buy multiple chances, and you could win several prizes! 

Tickets for the drawing are not tax-deductible.  You need not be present to win.

Raffle tickets are $10.   Click here.


I can't attend and want to help with a donation.
We regret you'll miss the event. You can still provide financial support by selecting the Donate ticket option to help our community-based giving programs
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Yes. All ticket holders must be 21-years old and have a valid government-issued ID card.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Free parking is available in the building after 5 PM. Enter the parking ramp from N. Taylor Street. Two shuttle elevators operate from each garage level to the Plaza Lobby.
Metro (Ballston-MU Station) is conveniently located a couple of blocks away on the corner of N. Stuart Street and Fairfax Drive in Arlington.
Is my ticket transferrable?
Yes. No need to contact us. Just give your ticket(s) to a friend if you can't make the event. Tickets make a great gift for somebody who enjoys good wine and food. And, music and meeting people.
Can I deduct my contribution?
Yes.  Donations are fully deductible.  Admission tickets are partially deductible. 
Where does the money go?
Our charitable foundation ("AREF") will first support our Featured Charity (Doorways) with a grant of $5,000.  Remaining funds will go to college scholarships for Arlington kids and other charities and causes.  Take a look at what we did last year: Click Here.
Rotary: Be The Inspiration ~ RI President 2018-19 Barry Rassin