Northwest NEWS

February 21, 2000

Front Page

Benefit to fight quarry raises over $1,400

check presented

Katherine Bond (right) presents Clarise Mahler with check.

   DUVALL--On January 28, The Inducers of Insanity, a group of high school and college kids, assisted by a dedicated group of adults, held a benefit for the Friends of Cherry Valley, a local organization fighting the proposed quarry just north of Duvall. The program was held at the Cherry Gardens Community Club.

   "They raised $1,430," said Clarise Mahler, president of Friends of Cherry Valley. "The fight to stop this proposed quarry is very expensive."

   Mahler said "it touched our hearts that a group of young people care enough to put such a tremendous effort into raising money to help us. That there are young people here who care so much about our environment and what happens to our valley is heartwarming."

   The Inducers recited original poetry to a slide show prepared by Phyllis Maslin and to live music by the Snoqualmie River Ensemble. "It was a very enjoyable and entertaining program," said Mahler.

   The program was choreographed by Katherine Bond, who was assisted by her husband, Andy. Local business people and residents donated their time. Duvall business owners and local citizens donated items for an auction and food for a lavish gourmet buffet.

   "The food was fabulous and there was more than we could eat," said Mahler. "The generosity of our local businesses and the effort put forth by the community was overwhelming."

   The Inducers of Insanity had its beginning while Bond was a member of the Board of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. About four years ago, Bond said she got a call from a mother looking for a literary critique group for her daughter. This resulted in the formation of a group of junior high school students who meet together twice a month.

   "The kids kept coming, even after they got into college," Bond said. "We all greatly enjoyed putting on the program. It was the first of its kind that we have done and we all felt very proud to be able to do something to benefit the community."