Womens’ club auction to benefit charities

May 5, 2009

By Staff

About 50 gift baskets will be auctioned May 7 at the annual Issaquah Womens’ Club basket auction to benefit local charities.Baskets containing gift certificates for spa treatments, baked goods, candies and chocolates, and baby items are among some of the items at the Baskets and Buddies event, said organizer Mariann Crane. The auction is at 10 a.m. at Tibbetts Creek Manor, 750 17th Ave.  N.W.

Issaquah City Councilman Fred Butler will serve as auctioneer, Crane said.

“This is our second-largest fundraising event, second only to our High Tea and Harmony event in November,” she said.

Crane estimates baskets will go for $15 to $75.

“There really shouldn’t be anything more than $100 because of the economy,” she said.

Proceeds go to Eastside Baby Corner, Eastside Domestic Violence Program, Issaquah Valley Community Services Food and Clothing Bank, the Issaquah Senior Center and four, $1,000 scholarships to girls graduating from Issaquah School District high schools next month.

Money raised will also go toward the organization’s backpack and school supply drive prior to the start of the school year.

“The reason why we do this is because we believe so much in giving back to the community,” Crane said. “This is needed more than ever before, as nonprofits are seeing a 40 percent decline in donations because of the economy.”

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