Member spotlight: Meet the newlyweds

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kristine and Brian Howell

From the October 2015 issue of The Rotarian

Kristine Howell admits there was wine involved the night she decided to hold her wedding at the annual Spring Zing fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Mt. Clemens. But in vino veritas – so she must have meant it when she threw her hands up in frustration during a meeting to pick the fundraiser’s theme and said, “You guys could always throw me a wedding!”

“I was kidding, but they ran with it,” laughs Kristine, who took office as president of the Mt. Clemens club in July. “They knew we’d been trying to get married, so they were thrilled.” Personal setbacks had thwarted previous attempts to set a date: Her fiancé, Brian Howell, fell ill (but is now recovered), and Kristine’s father passed away.

Brian, a past president of the Rotary Club of Richmond, wasn’t there the night he was cast in “Our Big, Fat Rotary Wedding” – the fundraiser’s affectionate name. But, he says, “I thought it would be a great idea because Rotary is important to both of us, and we could help a lot of people that way.”

Anyone could buy a $100 ticket to the wedding/Rotary fundraiser, and advance local media coverage sent the guest list soaring to 430 people. Guests could show up in bridesmaid dresses, win a prize for the most creative outfit, and renew their own vows. The event raised just under $50,000 for charity.

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