Sno-Valley Senior Center attendees embodied the Roaring 20s and dressed to the nines in flapper dresses, sequins, boas, bow ties and three-piece suits for the center’s first-ever virtual auction and gala Saturday, Oct. 17.
In theme with the economic prosperity of the 1920s, Sno-Valley Senior Center raised just over $26,000 in donations at its largest annual fundraiser.
The virtual auction and gala was co-hosted by King 5 TV anchor Stephen Kilbreath and KPLZ radio personality Curt Kruse. Kilbreath also served as the benefit auctioneer during the fundraising portion of the evening. Brian Hurley of Advanza provided tech support from back stage of the virtual event.
“This year, we had to go completely virtual,” Program Coordinator Kira Avery said. “We had to make a decision in the spring.”
Under normal circumstances, Avery said, this fundraiser is held at an event space with between 150-200 people in attendance. This year, about 150 people registered and roughly 100-120 people tuned in to watch or participate in the auction, she noted. Avery estimates even more people were watching online and sharing screens.
To continue with tradition, the center developed a silent auction for the two weeks leading up to the live auction Oct. 17. Avery said auction items included a variety of baskets, including sports-themed baskets for the Seahawks. Duvall Auto Parts donated a chainsaw for the silent auction and several others contributed gift certificates to restaurants in the area, she added.
“A majority of the items were donated from our members and our board,” Avery said.
She said the live auction featured larger items, such as local excursions and longer stays in private hideaways. One staff member donated a ride on her barge on Lake Bosworth, plus dinner.
All proceeds from the auction and gala will go towards programming, meals and other needs at the senior center, said Avery. The funds will also contribute to community connections for seniors, as well as counseling, support and outreach. Additionally, these donations aim to benefit virtual programming for fitness and art classes, she added.
The senior center is accepting donations year-round on their website: https://snovalleysenior.org/give/donate/.