June 22, 1998
'Number One Fun Raiser' lives up to billing
NORTH BEND--Children's Services of Sno-Valley's annual auction and dinner, billed as "The Snoqualmie Valley's Number One Fun Raiser," apparently lived up to its billing June 6, as almost 400 people enjoyed a warm summer evening at Mountain Meadows Farm, while raising $40,000 for the local children's charity. According to event organizers, the 1998 "Once Upon a Garden" event attracted the biggest crowd and most auction donations ever. The total amount raised from the event was over $50,000, of which approximately $10,000 goes to pay for food and other costs associated with throwing a party with 320 guests. The others present were the 65 volunteers on site to assist with the live and silent auctions, food service and collecting payment from the several hundred people who purchased auction items ranging from a haircut to cruises.
Dorothy Boys of Issaquah was the winner of the $1,000 in the event's reverse drawing, which rewards 20 people with cash prizes. KISW radio's Bob Rivers was honored for making his fifth appearance as master of ceremonies for the event. Children's Services of Sno-Valley's Board of Directors also took advantage of the occasion to honor its volunteers of the year.
Stacy Silvernail of North Bend was named CSSV Community Volunteer of the Year for her work helping CSSV improve its computerized data collection system. Silvernail, on family leave from Microsoft, was especially congratulated for being able to provide high level technical expertise while her one-year-old son Daelan entertained himself at her side in the CSSV office.
Kathy Boulanger of North Bend was named Board Volunteer of the Year for her key roles in last year's and this year's fundraiser as well as for special efforts to help the children's organization become more entrepreneurial.
"The funds raised by Children's Services of Sno-Valley at its annual event ensure that low-income, special needs, abused, neglected and at-risk children have access to the specialized, quality early childhood educational, therapeutic and support services we provide," said Joan Sharp, CSSV director. "The funds we raise through our auction help us reach out to others in the community who wouldn't be able to access preschool, parenting classes, or specialized therapy and support services if they had to pay for them."
Children's Services has grown its annual "fun raiser" into a major Valley social event as well as a main source of income over the last six years. Starting out as an annual dinner primarily attended by its Board of Directors, the event initially generated about $1,500 in income, said Sharp. "It's grown dramatically," she said. "Planning and preparation are now a year-round effort. Being able to hold our event at Mountain Meadows Farm has been a big help. While we were determined to keep the event local, we weren't sure how we could do it until Ray DaMazo and George and Elizabeth Brown (Mountain Meadows Farm co-owners) stepped forward to offer their wonderful venue."
The 1999 "fun raiser" steering committee and volunteer staff are now being formed. Call Michael Goerz at 888-2777 for information.