October 11, 1999
Boot Scootin' Benefit in Carnation
CARNATION--The fifth annual "Boot Scootin' Community Benefit" will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Carnation Elementary School (Tolt Avenue and Morrison Street). The event is sponsored by the Tolt Congregational United Church of Christ. All proceeds from this family event will go to agencies and organizations working to make a stronger community.
The evening will include a chicken dinner, games for children, live music and entertainment, and both a silent and live auction. Already, items donated include a cord of wood, two rocking chairs, two rounds of golf, a salmon dinner, a sewing machine, an electronic organ, and several gift certificates.
There will also be theme baskets to bid on, such as the Italian Dinner basket, with pastas and sauces. The live auction will end with six mystery items, each representing one of the organizations that will benefit from the event.
Tolt Church asks that those who wish to attend to pre-purchase tickets to make sure there is enough food and none goes to waste. Adults are $8; children under 12 are $4. Tickets purchased before Oct. 17 are discounted (adults $7; children $3.50). For information, call 333-4254.
"This is a community party," said Tolt pastor Jeff Spencer. "All sorts of merchants and families donate items and services to the auction, then we all get together for food and fun and spending money."
Event organizer Kathy Crummer said the church has always found ways to make contributions to bettering the Valley. "We want this event to empower everyone in the community to work together to strengthen those organizations that meet a variety of needs," she said.
Last year, dozens of Snoqualmie Valley businesses and individuals made donations for the auction. Over $4,500 was raised from the approximately 200 people present.
As with last year's fundraiser, organizations supported by this event include:
The Mission and Justice Committee at Tolt Church is responsible for deciding on the size of grants each of these organizations will receive, as well as what other agencies will be supported from funds raised.
- The Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank, run by the Multi-Service Center in Carnation, offering food to needy families.
- Eastside Habitat for Humanity, building homes and dignity for homeless families on the east side of Lake Washington. Habitat for Humanity, Eastside, was organized in the Snoqualmie Valley and their first home was built in Carnation.
- The Good Neighbor Fund, offering emergency assistance with food, utilities, and gasoline to Valley residents, run by Tolt Church.
- The Sno-Valley Senior Center, offering recreation, fellowship, and health programs for Snoqualmie Valley seniors.
- Children's Services of Sno-Valley, offering early childhood and preschool programs for children in the Valley, including special needs children.
- The Lunch Bunch, serving a warm, nutritious lunch each Wednesday to anyone who comes to the Multi-Service Center (mostly people who come to the food bank, sponsored by Valley churches.