Windermere’s Children’s Justice Center Gala raises nearly $117,000 for victims of child abuse
by DIwpBacon on October 17, 2014
Among the guests were Chelsie McCray as the Cheshire Cat, Bryanna Fletcher as Alice, Gerry Dowdy Latshaw and Caitlin Lizotte as the Mad Hatter.
Windermere Stellar recently hosted its second annual Children’s Justice Center Gala, which incorporated silent and live auctions featuring fine art and wine. The event raised nearly $117,000 with all proceeds benefiting the Children’s Justice Center, an organization that provides a safe haven for child victims of abuse.
“It was a magical evening and the generosity was overwhelming,” says Gerry Dowdy Latshaw, Managing Principal Broker of Windermere Stellar’s Vancouver offices, who spearheaded the event. “The guests were moved by the work that the Children’s Justice Center does to not only protect the community from child predators, but to provide highly sensitive, specialized care to children who have experienced trauma.”
The Vancouver branch of the Windermere Foundation dedicates a majority of its fundraising dollars to the Children’s Justice Center. Over the past two years, the Foundation has donated $86,600. For more information on the center, visit www.clark.wa.gov/children_justice_center.
Friends of the Carpenter annual auction Oct. 18
Posted October 17th, 2014
Hand crafted queen bed frame available for auction. Photo courtesy of FOC.
Friends of the Carpenter (FOC) will host its annual auction on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at the Hilton Vancouver, 301 W Sixth St. Tickets are $85 per person; a table of 10 can be purchased for $750.
The auction features dinner and both silent and live auctions. The silent auction will include over 100 items including gift baskets, and many wood working items and more. There will be 12 live auction items. A comprehensive list of live and silent auction items is available on-line here.
Event tickets can be purchased on-line at www.friendsofthecarpenter.org or at the FOC office, 1600 W. 20th St. For those unable to attend the auction, but would like to make a financial contribution to FOC, call 360-750-4752; mail a check to: FOC, P.O. Box 65358, Vancouver, WA 98665; or make an on-line donation at www.friendsofthecarpenter.org.
WSU Vancouver’s MBA stakeholder speakers series features Mike Seely Oct. 20
Posted October 17th, 2014
The community is invited to Washington State University Vancouver‘s fall MBA Stakeholder Speaker Series: “The Sweet Taste of Success: The Seely Farms Story.” Featuring WSU alumnus Mike Seely, owner of Seely Farms, the lecture will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20 in the Undergraduate Building, Room 1. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free after 7 p.m.
Seely and his family produce mint products that sell in more than 600 stores nationwide. Learn how this third-generation mint farmer revolutionized his business by thinking outside the typical farm business structure, working with local and national stakeholders, and developing his own mint confections designed for a quality-seeking niche market.
Previously Seely Farms sold mint leaves to companies that produced mint-flavored products, but the U.S. mint industry was declining as price pressures forced growers out. Today, Seely Farms uses a portion of its crop to flavor its own high-quality mint confections, teas and candy canes. For further details, visit www.vancouver.wsu.edu.