Get out your party clothes, and get ready to support the local schools.
The White Salmon Valley Education Foundation's annual Gorge Grape Escape is coming up Saturday, Oct. 13.
"This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we hope it's the best Grape Escape ever," said WSVEF Board President Sue Davis. "Because the event has been around for a while, we've freshened it up, to show our donors what their dollars are doing in our schools, and make it more fun than ever."
Guests at the evening's festivities will be treated to a taste of the musical delights being dished up by the brand new marching band at Columbia High School.
"This is a program that's been discussed for a year now," said Davis. "We were so pleased to be able to provide funding for the band instruments."
The evening will also feature information and student participants from other programs funded through the WSVEF's twice-yearly granting cycle, including a Lego Robotics program that kicked off at Whitson Elementary School last spring.
A social hour allows individuals to sample some of the Gorge's finest wines, while trying their luck at games that could send them home with wine and other fine prizes.
And, as always, the live auction will offer up the chance to purchase one-of-a-kind pieces from students, local artists, weekends away, and sports packages galore.
Check out www.wsvef.org for an on-line catalog featuring some of the items up for grabs.
Additionally, the WSVEF will present what it hopes will be the first of many "Outstanding Teacher" awards.
The gala will be held at the Best Western Hood River Inn on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets are $45 per person, and available on-line at www.wsvef.org.
Said Davis, "We'd like to thank our event sponsors, and everybody who has donated items to make this event possible. We couldn't do it without your help."
All proceeds benefit the White Salmon Valley School District.
The WSVEF is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation dedicated to enhancing the quality of public education within our community by creating a stable source of supplemental funding for curriculum enhancement and investment in our teachers.
The WSVEF has granted or secured grants for more than 60 programs totaling over $725,000 since 2006.