Frequently Asked Questions

What is the atmosphere and attire?

This is an evening event and not a gala. The attire is dressy casual (i.e., jeans are not appropriate). Please keep in mind that the event will be on the lawn, so heels may not be practical. 

What is the dinner service format; what is on the menu; and who is catering?

The dinner will be a seated, plated service. 


Appetizers and a “surf and turf” dinner will be provided by Zesty Gourmet catering.

Will there be music and what kind?

Yes, the event will feature live music by the band On Easy Street. No dancing.

What size is the tent, and how will the seating be arranged?

The tent is large (80’ x 40’). It is the same size as the one used for the Veterans Day program. 

Seating will be 10-person round tables. 

What about parking?

Reserved parking at Dodona Manor is being offered as part of several sponsorship packages. Handicap parking will also be available onsite. All other attendees can park for free at the public parking garage conveniently located one block from Dodona Manor.

What is the Agenda for the evening?

6:00pm – Doors open and registration begins promptly, appetizers and wine/beer available.

6:00pm to 7:45 pm – Silent Auction, Giving Tree & General Raffles

7:00pm – Outdoor tented seating. Welcome remarks.

7:15pm – Dinner Served

7:30pm – STAR Program Begins

7:45pm – Silent Auction CLOSES

8:00pm – Keynote Speaker - Helen Parker, PT, DPT, NCS. Clinical Director at Ability Fitness Center.

8:30pm – Live Auction/Dessert Served

9:00pm – Closing

Who is the Master of Ceremony? Will there be a guest speaker?

Rob Guerra will serve as the emcee. The keynote speaker is Helen Parker, PT, DPT, NCS. Clinical Director at Ability Fitness Center.

How will silent auction items be displayed?

Bill Blessing is running the auction and will make that determination. Auction Items can be previewed here

What will Ability Fitness do with the funds raised?

Ability Fitness has indicated that they plan to apply the funds raised towards scholarships so that their services can be utilized by more clients and / or towards purchasing more equipment. The final decision will depend on how much is raised.

What does STAR mean?

The STAR event started in 2018 as a tribute to longtime Rotarian and local leader Stanley Caulkins — Stanley's Tributes Awards & Recognition — and as a replacement for our New Year’s Day race fundraiser. 


We have evolved the STAR event theme to “Shining a Light on Local Nonprofits” to give us more flexibility in the kinds of organizations we honor and fundraise for through it.