Raise a glass for after-school programs

toast of the town event to generate funds for xtreme Teen
By: Gloria Beverage, Placer Herald Editor
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Toast of the Town event to generate funds for Xtreme Teen By Gloria Beverage Placer Herald Editor Rocklin’s premiere event, the 11th annual Toast of the Town wine tasting and community dinner, will be held Saturday at Sunset Center, 2650 Sunset Blvd. The annual event was founded by Rocklin resident and Teen Program volunteer Bill McEnroe and Mark Riemer, then assistant city manager, as a fundraiser for Station Xtreme, the city’s after-school program for middle school students. Proceeds from the popular event have allowed the city to purchase supplies they couldn’t afford, McEnroe said. When guests arrive on Saturday, they will be given a commemorative wine glass and then escorted to an assigned table, he continued. About 30 California wineries will be offering tastes of their wines from 4 to 6 p.m. While sampling the wines and appetizers, guests will be able to view an exhibit of art produced by members of Rocklin Fine Arts. Dinner will be served beginning at 6 p.m. Local celebrity chefs have been asked to prepare and serve a “home-cooked” delicacy to Saturday evening’s guests. Chefs invited to participate include City Manager Rick Horst, Rocklin City Council members, Rocklin Fire Chief Bill Mikesell, Rocklin Police Chief Ron Lawrence, Rocklin Unified School District trustees and Rocklin Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Robin Trimble. McEnroe has also invited representatives from the community’s sports teams. “This is the only city I know where you can not only get leaders to show up, but can actually get them to work the event,” McEnroe laughed. Eleven restaurants will be providing desserts, which will be set up in a separate room. “After most people have started eating, we’ll open up the back room where desserts will be served,” he said. McEnroe has also planned a silent auction. Items donated include a night’s stay at Thunder Valley along with a $150 gift certificate for their steakhouse, a magnum of wine and golf packages. A week’s stay at a luxury condo in Hawaii as well as other prizes will be raffled during the evening. Tickets for this event are $50 per person. To purchase tickets, go online to or call McEnroe at (916) 390-2648. The net proceeds from the program will go directly to the city’s teen program, Station Xtreme. The program provides a safe, drug-free environment for students attending Rocklin’s middle schools during the school year and throughout the summer. ________ What: City of Rocklin’s Toast of the Town When: 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday Where: Sunset Center, 2650 Sunset Blvd. Cost: $50 per person. Open to anyone age 21 and older Tickets: Available at Sunset Center or online at RecDirect