Brews, Band And BBQ: The Show Must Go On – And It Did!

At Rotary’s summer fundraiser Saturday at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op, auctioneer Mike Lippiatt, left, and assistant Blake King took bids on auction items that included plane and helicopter rides, art, a condo retreat in Pagosa Springs, and tickets for baseball spring training in Arizona. Photo by Linda Hull

Ryder King, grandson of Rotarians Skip and Linda King, keeps the puddles at bay during Rotary’s Saturday fundraiser at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-Op. Photo by Linda Hull

Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

The show must go on—and it did!  Rotary’s Brews, Band and BBQ summer fundraiser brought out many of its closest friends Saturday evening despite persistent, torrential rains.  With the support of sponsors and the public, ticket sales topped 150.  Many of those ticket holders came to Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op (“The Tub”) in Central Park Square even in the inclement weather.  Everyone enjoyed the bountiful BBQ dinner provided by BR BBQ and Catering, and many intrepid music lovers swayed to the lively Latin beat of the MANZANARES band.

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos, especially the fundraiser’s organizers, Skip King, Jim O’Donnell, and Laura Loy, would like to thank Doug Osborn, manager of The Tub, and his hard-working staff, and generous sponsors Enterprise Bank & Trust, New Mexico Bank & Trust, attorney Phil Dabney, Los Alamos MainStreet, and Wiemann Wealth Strategies. 

Special thanks go to our auctioneer, Mike Lippiatt, and to auction donors Dane Spearing, Jim and Kate O’Donnell, Skip and Linda King, Classic Air Medical, the Los Alamos Police Department, and artist Lilliannah Vigil.

Money raised from Brews, Band and BBQ will support the Rotary Club of Los Alamos’s projects to help alleviate hunger in northern New Mexico and the Navajo Nation, provide support for ongoing water projects in Guatemala and for math tutoring in South Africa, and worldwide eradication of polio.  Funds also go to award multiple scholarships to local high school students for outstanding community service, to the Club’s thriving Youth Exchange program, and to middle school essay winners.

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos, through its Club Foundation, is a 501(c)3 non-profit and one of over 34,000 clubs worldwide.  Rotary, which now has 1.5 million members, was founded in 1905; the local Club was chartered in 1966.  Rotary areas of focus include promoting peace; fighting disease, particularly polio; providing clean water, sanitation  and hygiene; supporting education; saving and enhancing the lives of mothers and children; growing economies; and protecting the environment.

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets in person and by Zoom on Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00, in the Community Room, Cottonwood on the Greens, at the golf course.  From a Zoom link or for information about the Club and its humanitarian service, please contact Linda Hull, vice-president, 505-662-7950.

Auctioneer Mike Lippiatt, left, and Rotarian Rob Metcalf with original artwork donated by young artist Lilliannah at Rotary’s summer fundraiser Saturday at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-Op. Photo by Linda Hull

Despite heavy rain, MANZANARES band performed its lively Latin tunes Saturday at Rotary’s summer Brews, Band and BBQ fundraiser at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-Op. Photo by Linda Hull