Black Tie & Blue Jeans brings in greenbacks
In its seventh year, Black Tie & Blue Jeans, Goldendale's closest thing to a formal gala, brought in close to $30,000 for the Klickitat Valley Health Memorial Foundation and its aim of converting the hospital's basement into a physical therapy unit.
Robert and Diana Felker, beneficiaries of KVH physical therapy, spoke to the well-dressed throng about the well-being they derived from KVH's program. They received a standing ovation from the sold-out room.
Silent auction items included in the sale before dinner included such diverse items as a painting lesson with artist Felicia Gray and a VIP tour of St. John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Monastery complex.
In the live auction portion of the evening, $1,000 went to a Murder Mystery Dinner centered on a 1912 Titanic theme to be held in a private residence. A tequila-theme catered dinner went for $1,400. And Linda Shull's fabled pies went for another $1,400, which gets the winning bidder a pie-of-the-month for a year. That's about $117 a pie.
In the last bidding war, direct contributions to the foundation went for a high of $1,000 (two bidders); two for $500; 13 for $100; and a rally for centerpiece bottles at $50 each. The total funds raised during the live auction portion was $8,950.
Foundation chair Ivy Velarde reports that as of Monday, the foundation had raised a total of $27,720. Net funds to that date were $22,673.
"The generosity of our guests was overwhelming," Velarde said, "and the warmth and friendship in the room were palpable."