Kiwanis to feature Issaquah Nourishing Network at sock hop

April 9, 2013

By Peter Clark

Jitterbug the night away in celebration of the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah and its 84 years of community service.

On April 26, the nonprofit organization will hold its annual community auction with a Sock Hop Dance in the Pickering Barn, beginning at 6 p.m. Themed around the 1950s, the club will provide food, drinks, entertainment and many things for attendees to bid on.

Price for admission will be $40. All funds raised through the auction will go directly to help those in need in the Issaquah community.

The Kiwanis will have the Issaquah Nourishing Network as their Fund-An-Item Partner for the Auction. Every year, the Kiwanis choose a worthy organization to feature during a paddle-call portion of the auction for interested donors. Kiwanis Club President-Elect Jeri Tolstedt said she was delighted with the choice.

“The network is a large group of active citizens in the community, whose big goal is to stop hunger,” she said.

The group wishes to build an understanding about local hunger in order to better combat the social ill, according to the Issaquah Nourishing Network mission statement.

“Together, we are weaving the latent talents, time and imagination of all community members and networks, with the efforts of our existing safety net — beginning with hunger in King County,” the statement reads. “We are building collective ownership for community well-being.”

The paddle call will assist in those goals.

“Last year, the Fund-An-Item Partner was AtWork! and we were able to raise $14,000 for them,” Tolstedt said. “I hope to give them a big boost with the areas they are working in that are not covered in regular social work.”

“We appreciate the support from the Kiwanis organization,” Issaquah Food Bank Executive Director Cori Kauk said. As a Nourishing Network member, the food bank is directly involved with helping coordinate efforts. “For them to join us at that level shows us how much they support us.”

She said that the network hopes to use the generated funds for promotion and programs targeted at those in the city requiring meals and nutrition assistance.

The Issaquah Nourishing Network’s goals fall well in line with those of the Kiwanis Club. Marking its 84th year of changing lives in the area, the club offers awards, scholarships and civic participation to those who need it. Every year, the auction supports more than 50 local organizations and activities that help shape the cultural and social landscape of Issaquah. The event is just one of the club’s annual activities.

Silent and live auction items include a vineyard tour in Prosser, with a one-night motel stay; a condo vacation getaway in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; four Charter Seat tickets to a Mariners vs. New York Yankees game; a seven-day cruise to the Caribbean or Mexico with the Holland America Cruise Line; golf packages; a summer day cruise for eight adults on a 47-foot vessel that will take you through the Ballard Locks on its way to Poulsbo, that will include a light breakfast, a mid-voyage at anchor Champagne lunch and evening snacks; a custom built computer; and a two night getaway on the Oregon Coast.


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