November 1, 1999
Over $5,500 was raised that will be used to support non-profit organizations in the Snoqualmie Valley and beyond that are working to make a healthier and stronger community and world. This represents about $1,000 more raised over last year's total.
The circus theme was evident throughout the event sponsored by the Tolt Congregational United Church of Christ. The evening activities included a chicken dinner from the "concession stand," a silent and live auction, a "souvenir shop," and a table raffle.
About 180 people attended the event to eat, socialize, and spend money for a worthy cause. Jack Ballard (of Carnation) provided live music and Andy Etzler (of North Bend) offered a short magic show.
The highlight of the live auction was the bidding on six "mystery balloons."
"No one knew what they were bidding on," explained Tolt pastor Jeff Spencer. "Just that each balloon represented one of the six local programs supported by the benefit."
Children's books and toys represented Children's Services of Sno-Valley. A crock pot and soup makings represented the Lunch Bunch. A piggybank and a QFC gift certificate represented the Carnation Food Bank. Tolt Church's "Good Neighbor Fund" was also represented with a QFC gift certificate, as well as a gas can and light bulbs. Tools and work gloves represented East King County Habitat for Humanity. The Sno-Valley Senior Center was represented by steak dinner certificates.
"Our Mission and Justice Committee will be responsible for deciding exactly how much money each of these programs will get, and what other organizations will receive grants," Spencer said.
"We never could have raised this type of money from 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.
The church acknowledges the generous donations of the following individuals and businesses:
From Carnation: Kathy Allison, Jack Ballard, Eric Berberich and Julie Stuck, Blake's Pizza, Carnation Dental Clinic, Carnation Golf Course, Carnation Video Factory, Bob and Sam Charles, Kathy Crummer, Joe Dockery, Roberta Epps, Pamela Goar, Barbara Greenstreet, the Gregg family, the Harviston West family, Bob and Sandie Hazelbrook, Art and Nell Ish, Ixtapa, David and Nancy Knight, Kona Klipper, Shirley Patterson, Nestlé Regional Training Center, QFC, Rosebud's, Allan Rumpf, the Russell-Frye family, Sarah Sharp, Ship-n-Copy, Simply Grand, Jeffrey Spencer, Erich and Betty Studer, and Kathy Swift.
From Duvall: Alyce's Restaurant, Boxhill Farm Nursery, Charlie's Pizza, Duvall Barber Shoppe, Duvall Cafe, Coast to Coast, Duvall Veterinary Hospital, Duvall Video Factory, The Front Porch, Hair Tech, Ixtapa, Kallander's, Pumps and Grinds, the Rakus family, Laree Shanda, and Valley Community Bank.
From Fall City: Colonial Inn, Fall City Greenhouse, The Herbfarm, the Lewis family, Lynne Petitjean, and Video Nites.
From other communities: Children's Museum (Seattle), Faye Cook (Redmond), Janet Dockery, Four Winds Kite Shop (Seattle), Tami Goudriaan (Redmond), Ona Graebener, the Luce family (Redmond), Northwest Trek, Shirley Rakus, David Rumpf, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Thunderbirds, Betty and Walt West, Lori White (Everett), and the Woodland Park Zoo.