Northwest NEWS

July 12, 1999

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Children's Services event exceeds goals


Auction items generated a bidding frenzy during the June 26 Children's Services of Sno-Valley fundraiser in North Bend.
Photo by Kelly Moreau.

by Valley View staff

   The recent Children's Services of Sno-Valley "Wrangler Rendezvous" auction exceeded the goals set for it, say event co-chairs Kathy Boulanger, Nancy Myhre, and Linda Lentgis, members of the local non-profit organization's Board of Directors.

   "While the bills for certain expenses have yet to come in, we believe in the final analysis that we will have exceeded our fundraising goal for the event by over 33 percent," said Myhre.

   "Also, we advertise our annual dinner and auction as the Snoqualmie Valley's number one fun raiser, so we judge our results on that basis, as well. There was a very festive atmosphere and a crowd that was very generous in their bidding, so we feel good about being able to provide people with a fun party, too. I think people's positive experiences are partly attributable to the feedback we received that the event was better organized than in the past," she added.

   The proceeds from the auction are used to support services Children's Services of Sno-Valley provides to low income, special needs, and at-risk children and families of the Snoqualmie Valley, including free services, scholarships, and reduced fees for the variety of programs the nonprofit agency provides.

   The Wrangler Rendezvous was held on June 26 at Mountain Meadows Farm in North Bend. Sponsors included R&R Properties, Conner Development, William Buchan Homes, John L. Scott Real Estate North Bend, Steve Burnstead Construction, Snoqualmie Ridge, Nestlé Regional Training Center at Carnation Farms, Jay Berry's, Taco Time, and Mountain Valley Office Products.

   Some 150 volunteers worked on the "fun raiser," coordinated by Children's Services of Sno-Valley staff member Sarah Perry, who also helped organize the procurement of the over 600 donated products and services, many of them from local businesses, that were auctioned off. Volunteers included many local service groups, including the Rotary, Kiwanis, and Knights of Columbus.

   The decorative western theme that transformed the Mountain Meadows arena into a festive party setting was devised by Marti Browning. The Lee Stohl company provided catering of the ranch-style dinner. The Snoqualmie Falls Brewery provided a variety of ales to complement the dinner.

   Auctioneer services were provided by Kip Toner Benefit Auctions, with Kip Toner himself serving as auctioneer. Former Children's Services of Sno-Valley Board President Kevin Haggerty served as Master of Ceremonies.

   One of the top-selling auction items was a trip at the controls of a jet fighter plane. The Rosebud River Ranch llamas donated by Art Skolnik and Pepper Schwartz sold to animal lovers for $1,000 each. Golf at the new TPC Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Course was one of the many items that sold for well in excess of the established fair market value.

   Children's Services of Sno-Valley has begun planning for next year's event. People interested in serving on the organizing committee are encouraged to call Perry at CSSV, 888-2777, as soon as possible if they want to be on the ground floor of planning efforts, which will include choosing a theme, identifying event leadership, and making any significant changes in how the event is organized and presented.

   "Speaking on behalf of the children and families we serve, I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributes to making this event a success," said Joan Sharp, Children's Services of Sno-Valley's Executive Director. "It is a huge undertaking. We probably wouldn't attempt it if the funds weren't absolutely essential to keeping services affordable and accessible to those children and families most in need in our community. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the support."