Recent Paul Harris Fellow Peter Di Paola Honored at Tastings XV Event


(October 22, 2019 – Pelham, NY) The motto of Rotary is “Service Above Self”.  The Honorable Peter M. DiPaola – a Pelham Rotarian and recipient of the Rotary’s prestigious Paul Harris Fellow award –  was honored at the Rotary Club of the Pelhams’ annual Tastings XV Fundraiser.  According to then Rotary President Lyn Roth-Jacobs, “We were extremely proud to be honoring fellow Rotarian Peter DiPaola. His leadership and participation in numerous programs and initiatives have consistently represented the Rotary in helping those in need… particularly children.” Betty Bucher, Chair of the Tastings XV Committee continued, “Peter and his family have a rich Pelham legacy of enhancing the quality of life of our residents – both individuals and families. This is a long overdue acknowledgement of a very special person.”

Rotary's Tastings XV Fundraiser, which took place on Sunday afternoon October 20th at the Pelham Country Club, was a huge success.  Well over 100 attended and enjoyed sampling the food from some 20 nearby restaurants and tasting the wine presented by Blue Dog Wines & Spirits (Andy Johnson).  In addition to delicious food and wine tasting, live music was provided by Backwater Groove, a local jazz quintet - Shep Solimine, guitar; Lucas Matos, bass; Stephen Tahbaz, saxophone; Jack Denison, drums and Max Cuomo, piano.  Another highlight of the event was the Pelham Larks, who made a surprise appearance to serenade honoree Peter DiPaola.  Peter's wife Julieta is a Pelham Lark.

Over $16,000 was raised to " help our Rotary Club save lives… around the corner and around the world! " This includes providing cardiac surgery to children from less -developed countries by hosting a child here and supporting medical missions overseas.

The Rotary Club of The Pelhams is currently in the planning stage of Rotary's Tastings XVI! It will be March 20,2022 and will also be celebrating the Club's 75th Anniversary!!!!