December 14, 1998
A train theme was evident throughout the event, sponsored by the Tolt Congregational United Church of Christ. The evening activities included a "dining car dinner," a silent and live auction, a "depot store," and a quilt raffle. About 150 people attended the event to eat, socialize, and spend money for a worthy cause. Live music was provided by Carnation's Jack Ballard.
The highlight of the live auction was the bidding on five "mystery train cars."
"No one knew what they were bidding on," explained Pastor Jeff Spencer, who also acted as auctioneer. A tender, a sleeper car, a cattle car, a dining car, and a caboose were each sold to the highest bidders.
The winner of the caboose ended up with several small items representing some of the organizations the event supports. Teething toys represented Children's Services of Sno-Valley, lentils represented the Carnation Food Bank, a light bulb represented Tolt Church's "Good Neighbor Fund," napkins represented the Lunch Bunch, and nails represented Eastside Habitat for Humanity.
"Our Mission and Justice Committee will be responsible for deciding exactly how the money is spent," Spencer explained. "I know that, as in past years, they will include the organizations represented by the caboose we auctioned off."
"We never could have raised this type of money for the community without the hard work of many members of our church and the generous contributions from individuals and businesses in the Valley," said Crummer.
Some donations arrived just minutes before the event began, so the church does not have a complete list of donors, Crummer said. She did acknowledge the generous donations of the following individuals and businesses:
Arcadia, Inc., Simply Grand, Allan and Barbara Rumpf, Sarah Sharp, Charlie's Pizza, Four Winds Kite Shop, Shirley Patterson, Kathy Crummer, Julie Stuck, Eric Berberich, The Harviston/West family, Nestle Training Center, QFC-Carnation, Jeff Spencer, Debbie Rowley, the Lewis family, Barbara Greenstreet, Gardens and SunSpaces, Seattle Seahawks, the Russell/Frye family, Wells Nursery, the Rakus family, Janet Dockery, Snoqualmie Falls Candy Factory, Kathy Allison, Fall City Greenhouse, Coast to Coast-Duvall, Doug and Pamela Goar, Kallender's, Chuck Rose, Jane Hartwell, Carnation Golf Course, The Children's Museum, Francine Walls, Jack Ballard, Pacific Science Center, Carnation Therapeutic Massage, Carnation Video Factory, Caroline Greenstreet, The Little Country Bakery, Sandie Hazelbrook, Duvall Subway, Duvall Video Factory, The Eyecare Center, Ixtapa-Carnation, Duvall Vet Hospital, Fran's Duvall Pet Shop, Erich and Betty Studer, Northwest Trek, the Luce family, Fall City Espresso, Alyce's Restaurant, Video Nites‹Fall City, Thelma Burgonio-Watson, Lynne Petitjean, Kathy Swift, Roberta Epps, Marj Hawkes, the Gregg family, the Stag-Tout family, Blakes Pizza, The Grange, Colonial Inn.