Midsummer Eve Wine Festival began in 2001 to benefit the Ventura County Special Olympics and the Thousand Oaks Rotary Foundation. Sponsored by the Thousand Oaks Rotary Foundation, the Midsummer Eve Wine Festival is a delightful time of wine and food tasting, a silent auction, and live music. Over its history the event has raised more than $500,000. The event is held on a Saturday in August at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza in Westlake Village.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS STORY
Founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968, Special Olympics gives special needs children and adults with varying degrees of ability the opportunity to become physically fit and experience the joy, camaraderie, and fellowship that only sports can provide. Ventura County Special Olympics organization brings this opportunity to our local community. The Special Olympics athlete's oath is "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." It is sports in the truest sense. The goal is not to win, but to participate and for each athlete to discover his or her own best. All earn an award, a cheer and a sincere “well done!”
THOUSAND OAKS ROTARY FOUNDATION
The Thousand Oaks Rotary Foundation is a 501(c) (3) of the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks to benefit multiple local charitable non-profit organizations and provides scholarships to local high school graduates and to students enrolled in local vocational training/education.
ROTARY CLUB OF THOUSAND OAKS
The Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks was chartered in 1958 making it the first Rotary Club in the Conejo Valley. As one of 33,000 Rotary International Clubs around the world its members share the ideal of Rotary International "Service Above Self". Rotary of Thousand Oaks partners with Rotary International in their successful efforts to "End Polio Now". Closer to home, the club presents two other popular fundraising events in addition to the Wine Festival - the Chili Cook Off in April and the Thousand Oaks Street Fair in October. Every dime earned from these events is given to non-profit community programs including the Free clinics, Hospice of the Conejo, Senior Concerns, Manna, Many Mansions, Stagecoach Inn, homeless and low income programs, Veterans and active military, the arts, theater, Seniors, Teens, and many more. . Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks meets every Thursday at Noon, at Los Robles Greens Conference Center, 299 S Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Join Us!!