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A Grand Affair Cocktail Benefit

The WSFB Staff: Judi Yazzolino, Tray Olds, Dick Haggart, Fran Yeatts, Lester Yuh, Karla Marifjeren

The West Seattle Food Bank wants to thank all those that joined us last night at our 4th annual ‘A Grand Affair’ benefit at The Sanctuary at Admiral. We had so much fun raising funds for the 12,700 individuals we serve here in our West Seattle community.  With the generous support of sponsors, donors and of course, our guests, we raised $51,520 and counting! The costumes were incredible, a lot of winning at the gaming tables, delicious food from Duo’s Catering, themed cocktails from Peel & Press & The Bridge and of course, Husky Deli’s Ice Cream with a drizzle of Bourbon!

We’d especially like to thank our sponsors: Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Viscon Cellars, HomeStreet Bank, Windermere Wall Street Group Realtors, Whole Foods Market, On Safari Foods, Escapade Adventures, Ventana Construction, Quail Park Memory Care & Sound Credit Union.

And certainly our in-kind sponsors:  CHI Franciscan, Seattle & Oregon Wine Awards, The SnapBar, West Seattle Blog, gail ann photography, Georgetown Brewing, Peel & Press, The Bridge & Husky Deli.

See all of the great A Grand Affair photos Here

Another Successful Instruments of Change Dinner/Auction

The 12th annual celebration of the WSFB’s biggest fundraiser of the year filled the Seattle Design Center in SODO. With activities, cocktails by Peel & Press and The Bridge, silent and live auction bidding, a Dessert Dash and Funds for Food paddle-raising, we raised $165,167 (before employer matches come in) to help provide for the 11,500 individuals we serve.

18-year WSFB executive director Fran Yeatts, who drew a standing ovation before she even spoke a word introduced this year’s Instrument of Change Award recipients, the CoHo Team of Windermere Agents, whose Cara Mohammadian has been a longtime WSFB board member. She accepted the award along with Tonya Hennen and explained that the CoHo Team was founded almost 20 years ago, and that community support is a vital part of its mission.

The guest speaker spotlight was on Alina, a West Seattle resident who suddenly became a single mom when her marriage “fell apart” after her baby was born. Food Bank programs like the Baby Corner and bookshelf really helped, she said, adding that the stigma attached to seeking help should go away – the community should “be partners together and help each other.” Her backstory was told in a video played before she came on stage to thank WSFB supporters. That stigma had initially affected her: “When I first went to the Food Bank, I was a little ashamed,” she said, coming from an immigrant family that didn’t accept help from anyone. But meeting her daughter’s needs forced her to get over that. “The Food Bank is awesome!” she exclaimed. It provides healthy food “so my daughter’s not eating ramen. … Thank you, every single one of you.”

The Dessert Dash inspired some of the night’s generous giving seeing donors winning delectable creations by some of WSFB supporters including Bakery Nouveau, Baked. Custom Cakes, Macrina Bakery, On Safari Foods and both WS Thriftway & Met Market.

Live and silent auctions featured an array of items from a stay at the acclaimed Willows Lodge, to a home taco party catered by Pecado Bueno, to social-event tickets donated by Joe Jeannot, to Backpack Program founder Rosslyn Shea‘s 10-person Kenyan dinner.  $1,900 bought a lucky bidder a week in a 3-bedroom luxury condo on the beach at Seaside, Oregon and WSFB board president Ben Viscon of Viscon Cellars donated, with Duos Catering, a wine dinner 10.

The night’s success was in no small part because of our extremely generous community sponsors.  Many thanks to Nucor, HomeStreet Bank, First Lutheran Church of West Seattle, Aegis Living, Viscon Cellars and our entire group of giving sponsors for covering the majority of the cost of this event so that the proceeds can go directly to providing nutritious food and other needed services to those we serve.

Thank you to our sponsors, guests, donors and volunteers for making the 12th Annual Instruments of Change such a success!




C & P Coffee to Hold We Heart West Seattle Benefit Party

Thank you to C & P for holding their first annual fundraising event supporting the West Seattle Food Bank, West Seattle Helpline and WestSide Baby on 9/14.  Total raised to date is $4,100.  We are so appreciative.

Habit Burger Grill Pre-Opening a Fundraiser for the Food Bank

On June 2nd, Habit Burger Grill on the corner of 35th & Avalon did a pre-opening for West Seattle as a fundraiser for not only the West Seattle Food Bank from 5 – 7 pm raising $1719 but also for the West Seattle High School Band.

Thank you Habit Burger Grill and welcome to the neighborhood!