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Rotary to bring tailgate

For several years the Selma Rotary Club has held a fall fundraising event dubbed “Wine and Cheese” where members and guests gathered at Sturdivant Hall for some fun, fellowship and a ticket countdown where some lucky person wins two tickets to the annual Iron Bowl.

This year the event, which happens Thursday night from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., will still be held at Sturdivant Hall, but with a new twist.

“Rotary ‘Tailgatin’ and Fundraisin’’ is taking the place of the wine and cheese to try to have a casual event that might get more interest from the community,” said Rotary member Renee Wilkerson, who is lead organizer of the event. “We will have food and beverages and there will be a college football game on the big screen.”

Wilkerson said those who have attended in the past shouldn’t worry about missing their chance to participate in the Iron Bowl drawing. Each ticket is an entry into the drawing.

“We’re going to have Michael Curtis playing live music from 6:30 to 9, and from 9 -10 is when we’re going to go through our ticket countdown for the Iron Bowl tickets.”

Tickets are $25 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages and can be purchased from any Rotary Club member or at the event.

Tailgatin’ and Fundraisin’ and an annual barbeque are the club’s two main fundraisers.

In the past the Selma Rotary Club has funded organizations such as the city and county schools, the Journey School, the public library, the Job Fair, the United Way, the Salvation Army and the YMCA, among others. The club also awards annual scholarships to area high school seniors and honors a “citizen of the year.”

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