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Celebrating green while raising some green

Rosemount Rotary Club invites the public to its annual fundraiser, Irish for a Day Soiree on Saturday, March 17, 2018. Pictured are (front, from left) Sonja Lusch, Mark Kniefel, Denise Kniefel, Lori Jestila; Rob Hegerman; (back) Steve Lusch, Summer Dollimer, Rachel Schwendler and Jaden Bargel. Photo courtesy of Rosemount Rotary Club

It's time for Irish for a Day Soiree and that means searching for green in your wardrobe.

Rosemount Rotary Club is planning its sixth annual fundraiser party open to the public. Each year, the soiree welcomes guests to dine with an Irish feast and enjoy all the fun antics of songs from dueling pianos entertainment.

Guests can come wearing green or take the green attire suggestion a little further and dress up as a leprechaun to celebrate.

"You can show as much Irish spirit as you would like," said Lisa Lusk, event chair who has been a member since the club chartered in 2009.

"The food is amazing and many people rave about how they have never had as good of Irish food as this — even on St. Patrick's Day," Lusk added.

The menu will feature corned beef with roasted cabbage and veggies, salad and Irish soda bread with desserts. The meal will be catered by Las Tortillas restaurant in Rosemount and sweet treats will end the meal with desserts from Nothing Bundt Cakes in Eagan.

For the third year, the popular Funkeys Dueling Pianos will entertain with song requests and singing showdowns. Guests can enjoy a cash bar and put on dancing shoes at the soiree party to shake off the winter blues.

There will be a silent auction fundraiser and hat raffles.

"This is our only fundraiser for the year and so all the funds we raise from this event support our projects," Lusk said.

Rosemount Rotary Club has two main themes to its local community service: youth and families.

"We have a mentoring program with high school seniors where we have a student of the month selected that matches our values, and we have an ethics program for juniors and seniors that is a one-day event," said Lusk.

The club sends two Rosemont High School students to attend the Edina Rotary Camp's Camp Enterprise for teens interested in pursuing business and enterprise.

"The other organization we give to is 360 Communities and we give money to our local Family Resource Center for food support, and we help with the Nite to Unite event in August for the families in the neighborhood," Lusk said.

Rosemount Rotary Club also supports the organization's international mission to eradicate polio globally. The club joins the other clubs to better understand and prevent human sex trafficking, a newer Rotary International initiative.

"We do other small things like giving donations to the baseball team that is going to Cooperstown this summer, and toward the district school Destination Imagination team," Lusk said.

"We have given a lot for a club of only 18 people and we have a lot going on and we are growing," she added.

Rosemount Rotary Club recently moved its club meetings to early morning to accommodate members' schedules and attract new members. The club meets at 7:30 a.m. on the first, third and fourth Wednesdays at Rosemount Senior Living. Meetings include breakfast, a program and a speaker and the public is welcome to attend.

Lusk welcomes couples and singles to attend the soiree.

"There is value because all the proceeds go back to the community and it is a unique event with the Irish dinner and the pianos, and it is just a fun night and we end giving back to support our local community."

If you go ...

What: Irish for a Day Soiree Irish-themed fundraiser

Who: Rotary Club of Rosemount

When: Saturday, March 17 – 5:30 p.m. appetizers, raffle tickets, hat raffle and silent auction; 7 p.m. traditional Irish dinner; 8 p.m. program; 8:30 p.m. The Funkeys Dueling Pianos

Where: Rosemount Community Center, 13885 Robert Trail

Cost: $45 each ticket sold at the door or