The Edmonds Community College Foundation auction in April raised more than $182,000 in support of access, success, and excellence for students, faculty, and staff at the college. During the 2008-09 school year, the Foundation awarded $152,000 in scholarships and emergency funds and contributed $172,000 in direct support to college programs.
“In spite of challenging economic times, our guests and donors raised their paddles in an evening of support for the growing number of students that are enrolling at Edmonds Community College,” said Kathy Coffey, the Foundation’s Assistant Director of Development.
“Our community values the hard work and dedication demonstrated at this college by individuals who are striving to improve life for themselves and their families.”
More than 185 people attended the auction, which is the foundation’s largest fundraiser. This is the first time in over a decade that the auction was held on the college campus. “This year, we wanted to bring guests to our beautiful campus and showcase the college,” Coffey said.
Chef Wayne A. Johnson of Seattle’s Andaluca created the menu, which was prepared and served by students and instructors from the college’s Culinary Arts department.
Many local businesses supported the auction, including the presenting sponsor Comprehensive Wealth Management, the corporate sponsor The Pacific Financial Group, as well as The Boeing Co., Fluke Corporation, and Premera Blue Cross.
Table sponsors included Chermak Construction, Whidbey Island Bank (formerly known as CityBank), McDonald Miller, Clay Enterprises, Northland Services, and DLR Group.
Auction items were donated by local businesses including, in downtown Edmonds: Arista Wines, Thai Cottage, Manya Vee Selects, Housewares, The Resident Cheesemonger, Garden Gear, Edmonds Bookshop, The Loft, Edmonds Art Festival, Twist Yoga, Five Restaurant and Bistro, Portofino Pizza, Rick Steve's Europe Through the Back Door, Gallaghers’ Where U Brew, J. Rankin Jewelers, Chanterelles, Running in Motion, Walnut Street Coffee, Olives, Nama’s Candy Store, Mar-vel Marble, Epulo Bistro, Edmonds Center for the Arts, Glazed and Amazed, and PCC Cooks.