220 Jewett Blvd, PO Box 218, White Salmon, WA 98672 | 509.493.2112
Museum readying for annual fundraiser
Coming March 9
February 05, 2013
Staff and volunteers are scampering about getting everything ready for the annual silent auction and dinner at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum in Stevenson on March 9.
This year's theme is "A Night to Remember the Roaring Twenties," with many people already planning their 1920s costumes and accessories.
"This is our primary fundraiser of the year," said Executive Director Sharon Tiffany. "And this one should be especially fun. The committee plans to turn this place into a rollicking speakeasy, complete with flappers, good jazz, and maybe even a bottle or two of bootlegged hooch."
Plans for the evening include a catered dinner by Skamania Lodge, complete with potlatch salmon, chef-carved turkey, roasted potatoes and more, and including a selection of the Lodge's popular desserts.
Setting the jazzy mood will be Mark J and the Too Much band, back by popular demand. Sternwheeler captain Tom Cramblett is on tap to be the emcee, and the lodge will man a no-host bar.
The museum expects to collect more than 150 items to auction off. Traditionally the list ranges from cords of wood to fine art and jewelry to boxes of apples and overnight stays.
"The business community in the Gorge and even Portland and Vancouver is amazingly generous," said Cloida Peyrollaz, a member of the committee and also a board member at the museum. She has been on the auction committee for more than 10 years, and is usually responsible for gathering a large number of contributions.
"It's a fun project for a deserving institution. The businesses that donate have a way to show their support for the museum, and get some good solid advertising to boot."
Tickets are available now and can be purchased by phoning the museum at 427-5413. Tickets are $40 per person before March 5, $50 on or after March 5.