Another record-breaking year for REF Auction for Education

  • Written by Valley View Staff

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Left to right: Maria Mahowald, Cathy Tiffany, Laura Knox, Sue Davenport, Bobbi Nixon, Suzi Zuber, Paige Denison, Melanie Gray, Paul Censullo, Rob Tiffany, Mike Ward. Photo by LB Duchess
When the Riverview Education Foundation has a vision, it’s go big or go home.

And big they went with a record breaking $40,000 raised for the foundation in 2012. The event’s success is no doubt due, in part, to the overwhelming support of the 182 guests who attended the sold out “Evening for Education Dinner Auction.”

Bear Creek Country Club was the setting for this elegant affair held on February 25. As one of the signature events for REF, this night continues to show incredible growth in both support and success each year. Hosting the largest crowd ever brought some of the most exciting and heated bidding yet to be seen. Paddles flew around the room in hopes of a top bid on one of the many tantalizing selection of trips, experiences and items. Over 150 unique individual and business donors gave graciously in support of the Riverview Education Foundation.

“We are grateful for the many businesses and individuals who so generously donated items and services to the auction again this year,” said Sue Davenport. “It’s encouraging to witness the widespread support from auction guests, donors and volunteers to make this event a smashing success!”

The evening also provided an amazing array of silent auction items that gave almost everyone a chance to contribute to the cause. Generosity was evident everywhere as guests played the ring toss for wine, cut the cards for a chance to win a trip to Victoria B.C., posed with friends in the photo booth,  bid on heavenly desserts or simply raised a paddle in support of the Tolt bus and senior scholarships.

As the night progressed it was evident that REF’s vision, to be an integral, district-wide resource to drive student success, was shared by all. To date REF has raised nearly $420,000 in its 20-year history of improving student learning.REF is a non- profit, volunteer organization founded in 1991 by local community members to generate financial support and community engagement to benefit Riverview students. REF hosts several events throughout the year including the dinner auction, golf classic and Duvall 5k/ 10K runs.

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