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Lake Ridge Rotary’s 17th Annual Celebrity Luncheon Fundraiser at Bistro L’Hermitage Raises $11,500


Lake Ridge, Virginia May 3, 2014

On April 23rd The Rotary Club of Lake Ridge Virginia hosted its 17th annual Celebrity Luncheon at Bistro L’Hermitage in Occoquan and raised over $11,500 for local and international charities.

One hundred and sixteen people came out for the popular fundraiser which featured local elected officials and community leaders as waiters and waitresses including: Sheyna Burt, President of the Prince William Art Council, the Honorable Gerry Foreman, Mayor of the Town of Dumfries, James Livingston, the President of Prince William Education Association, Chief Kevin McGee from Prince William County Fire and Rescue, the Honorable Mike May, Supervisor, Occoquan District, the Honorable Martin Nohe, Supervisor, Coles District, the Honorable Earnie Porta, Mayor of the Town of Occoquan, and Stephen Porter, President of Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.

Lake Ridge Rotary President Mary Beth Michos welcomed everyone during her opening remarks: “I’d like to thank all the celebrity waiters for taking time from their busy schedules to help us have a fun, fabulous time while we dine and help raise money for our Club’s numerous local service projects.”

Guests were served a delicious three course gourmet meal and many participated in the Raffle giveaway that featured a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, a Stihl Chainsaw donated by Pitkin’s Hardware, a Key to Her Heart bracelet from Quinn’s Goldsmith, an Auto Detailing package from Professional Collision and four $25 gift certificates for Bistro L’hermitage.

Vice President Jason Hickman announced, “We would like to thank our Event Sponsor, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center and the following local businesses and individuals for their generous financial support: Bistro L’hermitage, Woodbridge Plumbing, Alliant Wealth Advisors, Cardinal Bank, Compton and Duling LC, Didlake, Dr. Michael Morch, Quinn’s Goldsmith, Tackett’s Mill Center, Triple Services, Vinyl-Lite Window Factory, I-95 Business Park Management, Mike Garcia and Marion Wall.”

As the event drew to a close, Michos presented Bistro L’hermitage’s owner Youssef Essakl with a special thank you plaque in recognition for the restaurant’s support of the Celebrity Luncheon over the years.

For more information about Rotary and the work they do in the community see our Previous article on Rotary in Prince William:

Rotary in Prince William: “Service above Self”




About The Rotary Club of Lake Ridge Virginia
The Rotary Club of Lake Ridge Virginia was chartered in 1988 and supports a remarkable variety of humanitarian and educational service projects that touch the lives of both local and international communities. The Club meets every Wednesday at 7:30am at Westminster at Lake Ridge.


About Rotary International
Rotary is a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary’s 1.2 million members hail from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit and


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