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Auction raises $16,000 for Marysville Food Bank

 

Photo courtesy of Dell Deierling

An overview for the food bank's "Food for Thought" program at a comedy show and silent auction fundraiser for the food bank at the Marysville Opera House on May 20.

The local Marysville Community Food Bank raised about $16,000 during their first ever Comedy Show and Silent Auction Fundraiser on May 20.

The auction was the first time the local food bank has tried a large fundraiser, said Dell Deierling, director of the Marysville Community Food Bank.

"It went really well," he said, with lots of auction items being sold.

Items included a used Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder, stays at the Tulalip Resort Casino or the Angel of the Winds, a weekend stay at a Mount Baker cabin and gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses.

Money raised through the auction and donations at the event goes to support the food bank's programs, said Deierling.

Programs like "Food for Thought" which sends low-income kids home with food for the weekend, or the annual "Toy Store" Christmas-time event which provides toys to low-income families.

Some of the funds may be used for simple things like making sure the food bank stays stocked with milk, said Deierling.

It also supports new programs like the food bank's shuttle service which they began this year with help from the Marysville United Methodist Church.

"That will help pay for the mileage of those vehicles," said Deierling.

The shuttle service helps take people home after they are done at the food bank.

"The problem for some people is that they can get here, but they can't get home because it is quite a bit of groceries to take on the bus or walk home," said Deierling.

The funds will also just help the local food bank keep up with increasing demand.

Beginning this year they began to allow an extra trip to the food bank for families each month, which was more than an extra 100 families each month.

Even without that extra service demand has increased though, said Deierling. He said that demand is up about 21 percent in total this year.

Deierling said that even though this was new territory for the food bank, the event went well.

"People liked the venue [the Marysville Opera House] and they enjoyed the food," he said. "And there was a good response to the silent auction items."

Although he admitted the response to the comedy was more mixed, "although that's the nature of comedy."

Deierling said that the food bank's board of directors is not sure yet if the auction will return next year, although they are discussing the potential of bringing it back.

He wanted to thank all the volunteers and donors who helped with the event and gave a special "thank you" to board member Tara Mizell who organized the event.

The event was also entirely supported by sponsors in the community, including the Tulalip Resort Casino, the Tulalip Tribes, Marysville Professional Firefighters, Northend Truck Equipment and E&E Lumber.

 

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