In a time when travel is not encouraged, the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network plans to take people on a virtual adventure Feb. 27.

The network’s annual Heart of the Valley Gala aims to transport kids and families away from home for a special vacation. This year’s event highlights the important role the community network plays in keeping youth connected.

“We're trying to get away from COVID for a little bit,” said Laura Smith, executive director for SVCN. “And just have fun raising money for youth and families in the valley.”

The first 200 attendees will receive a “swag box” before the event with paraphernalia associated with the adventure ahead. Those in attendance are encouraged to stop by a virtual happy hour before the evening’s festivities begin at 6 p.m. 

Starting on Feb. 21, the silent auction will open to the public for a week. On the day of the event, there will be a live auction and paddle-less paddle raise for donations. In theme with adventure, auction items include a beach trip to Manzanita, Ore., a day of snowshoeing with Boy Scout Troop 1776, and a boat excursion on Lake Washington.

“We have been really lucky and blessed with a significant number of sponsors this year who have helped underwrite the event,” Smith said. “All of the funds raised that night will go back to the youth and families in the valley.”

Proceeds from this event support the SVCN’s youth development programs in the Snoqualmie Valley. These programs include youth mentoring, employment assistance, suicide and substance use prevention, leadership development and more. 

Smith said SVCN plans to share a big announcement at the end of the gala. To register, visit

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