Baskets and Buddies fundraiser is ‘hysterical’

March 29, 2011

By Laura Geggel

Baskets filled with goodies — coffee and tea, flowers and gardening tools, and Italian food — will be for sale at the Issaquah Women’s Club third annual Baskets and Buddies live auction April 14.

Every year, the club hosts two big fundraisers: Harmony and High Tea in the fall and Baskets and Buddies in the spring. The club has already put its funds to use, donating $17,000 to student scholarships and 13 local schools and organizations, including the YWCA Family Village at Issaquah and Issaquah High School, at its March 3 meeting.

“I just think it’s a great venue to be able to give to the local charities that you may or may not have known about,” club member evé Martinez-Petrut said.

Baskets and Buddies starts every year with the creativity of the ladies in the Issaquah Women’s Club. Members fill baskets with themed treats, such as spa products, chocolate truffles or handmade quilts. Some women combine forces and create baskets together.

Issaquah City Councilman Fred Butler will act as auctioneer, much to the delight of club members.

“He makes the event absolutely hysterical,” club community outreach chairwoman Mary Mallett said. “I think lots of the ladies come just because of Fred.”

The event starts with 30 minutes of socializing, giving guests time to chat and peruse the 75 baskets before the auction begins. Participants can snack on finger food for breakfast, or for energy, to compete for the best basket at the auction.

“The whole auction lasts about an hour, with people just screaming out their numbers and Fred trying to get the number higher and higher,” Mallett said.

Thanks to its participants and the humor and energy of Butler, the fundraiser has been a success in the past, club President Mariann Crane said. With the recession, club members are working harder to raise needed funds for Issaquah organizations, she said.

“The Issaquah Women’s Club strongly believes in making a difference for our community, and the funds we raise are donated to local charities,” Crane said. “Some of the charities we support have shared that the number of individuals who need their support has increased each year, so our fundraising efforts are more important than ever.”

Mallett invited the community to attend the free event. No RSVP is required.

If you go

Baskets and Buddies

  • 9-10:30 a.m. April 14
  • Tibbetts Creek Manor
  • 750 17th Ave. N.W.
  • Admission is free.

Laura Geggel: 392-6434, ext. 241, or Comment at

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