The 12th annual Palate of the Plateau and Benefit Auction will take place Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Enumclaw High School Commons located at 226 Semanski St. S., Enumclaw, Washington 98022. The event begins with silent auction bidding at 5:30 pm and restaurant vendors that are open from 6 pm to 7 pm. There will be two very large silent auction tables of some of the following items: Creation Fest tickets, Montana fly fishing trip, XBOX Kinect gaming system, flight over Puget Sound, Woodland Park Zoo tickets, Museum of Flight, Comedy Underground, Jillian’s and EMP Museum, 6 month gym membership to NW Fitness Zone, custom teeth whitening, auto detailing, local restaurants, lots of gift baskets, and the centerpiece auction. The evening ends with a Live Auction full of fun things.
All proceeds go to Rainier Hills Young Life. Sheri A. Bundy, area office administrator for Rainier Hills Young Life for three years, explained the mission of Rainier Hills Young Life, “Reaching the furthest out kid with the Good News of Jesus Christ” is a fantastic goal. We believe in earning the right to be heard, or in other words, getting to know kids on their turf, investing in their life, and caring about them. When a relationship is built, then we have earned the right to speak into their lives. Most kids are eager to have someone to reach out to someone who genuinely cares for them.” Sheri shared one of the best things about Rainier Hills Young Life, “One of Young Life’s best things is their camping program! They have top notch facilities (more like resorts). Staff and leaders plan at least a year out on what the “program” will look like for the summer for these kids. Many people volunteer time and talents to make kids have “the best week of their life” at a Young Life summer camp.”
Sheri discussed history about the fundraiser, “This is our 12th year running this event. It’s kind of funny because when I worked as the administrator for Todd [former area director] back in 1998, myself and the committee gave birth to this idea. It had not been done before. It was such a success, that we have continued each year and is one of two major fundraisers that we do each year. The other one takes place in the fall and it is our annual banquet, called The EPIC Adventure with a dessert auction. So, I was involved in its conception for the first four to five years and then again these past three years. It’s fun to see the growth.” Sheri commented on what she looked forward to most with this fundraiser, “Okay, the obvious is a successful fundraiser. Young Life relies solely on the donations of its community. We are gearing up for our summer camps and kids always need help in scholarships and fundraisers so this fundraiser provides a large amount of money to help get kids to camp!”
Sheri shared what many people may not know about Rainier Hills Young Life, “That Young Life has been around since 1941. We are more than just high school age. We minister to middle school, college, teen moms, and Capernaum (for disabled kids). Rainier Hills Young Life is responsible for White River and Enumclaw School Districts. Rainier Hills Young Life has an active middle school and high school ministry.” Sheri explained further details of the event, “Lots of stuff happens…so be there early or you can miss out on the food and the auction. It’s a jammed packed evening of entertainment! People are often not aware of how fun this event is or how much food you get from all the restaurants! There is always more than you can eat with the price of your admission. They get to vote on their favorite restaurant! Free childcare is also provided! The money raised from this event goes towards sending kids to camp!”
When asked who she recommended attended the event, Sheri replied, “This is a very family and friendly event, as it is very casual. There is a “Kids Kamp” that provides free childcare for the little ones so parents can peruse the auction tables at their leisure. The restaurants and multi- cultural food lends to a very festive atmosphere.” For people that are interested in attending the event, Sheri stated, “At this late notice, it is easiest for people to buy their tickets at the door of the high school. No previous contact is necessary. Cost is $15 adults and $7 for children age six to twelve, and children under age five are free. You will receive a number of food coupons to choose from, a good variety of the food vendors, and a bid number to get started on those auction items.
You are welcome to contact the Young Life office at: 360 825-6425 for more questions or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Next year, you can save time and money by buying your tickets ahead of time. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children age six to twelve. Contact the Young Life office or the Chamber of Commerce in Enumclaw for your tickets.” For more information about Rainier Hills Young Life, please visit: www.rhyl.younglife.org.
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com