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CVHF holds Glitter and Gold Gala

 

November 29, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Local community members Dave Duskin, left, and John Billdt look at the Seahawks-themed tree available at the Cascade Valley Health Foundation's Glitter and Gold Gala on Nov. 24.

The Cascade Valley Health Foundation held their Glitter and Gold: A Winter Fundraiser and Gala on Nov. 24 to raise funds for their community efforts.

Community members make themed trees filled with gifts and other items that are auctioned off at the gala held by the foundation.

It is one of their biggest fundraisers for the year.

"We raise money for the Cascade Valley Health Foundation," said Diana Thompson, one of the organizers of the event.

The foundation, formerly known as the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation, puts their funds into a number of community efforts.

"In the past we've raised money for buying defibrillators for police cars, a hydraulic stretch for one of the fire departments, and we give money to Kids Kloset [a local organization that provides clothes to families in need]," said Thompson.

This year they hope to fund some outreach events with some of their funds.

"The foundation is currently supporting the Public Hospital District No. 3 [which is in the Arlington area] and so they have a lot of community outreach missions that they're going to be doing in the next year," said Jennifer Egger, a board member for the Cascade Valley Health Foundation.

They hope to support events like a community wellness fair that the district has scheduled for this May.

Another effort for the foundation this year is to provide an additional all-terrain vehicle for the Arlington Police Department.

"The police department just had an all-terrain vehicle donated to them," said Egger.

However, because the way police officers usually work it would be more convenient for the department to have a pair of them.

"They are looking at buying another one because they need two officers who go out on a call," said Thompson.

The vehicles would be useful for officers going through rough, wooded areas.

"They're going to use it to go into the wooded areas, like in Smokey Point, and check on those areas," said Egger. "We're hoping to raise enough money to buy them a second ATV tonight."

This year's seven trees included three made from community members outside the foundation.

"We encourage anyone that wants to decorate a tree," said Thompson.

They are typically decorated with a theme in mind.

This year included a Seahawks tree decked in blue and green which came with four tickets to an upcoming Seahawks game and a football signed by team coach Pete Carroll.

Other trees included the wine and cheese tree, which featured a number of wines hanging from the tree, and the Apple Cup tree, "half decorated in Huskies and half in Cougs," said Thompson.

People like the small-town feel for the fundraiser, said Thompson.

"Because the community is small, people like to give back," she said.

The event is also one of the first holiday events of the season for Arlington, said Egger. "Everybody loves a good party and it's nice to have a holiday kickoff. It's one of the first festive events."

This was the first year that the event was held at the Gleneagle Country Club and Thompson said she hopes it continues to grow.

More information about the Cascade Valley Health Foundation can be found at their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CVHFoundation.

 

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