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Old School Senior Prom Gala and Auction Items will thrill!

You can bid on these fabulous items at the Sno-Valley Senior Center Old School Senior Prom Gala & Auction

What you can look forward to bidding on:
We will e-mail attendees a catalog of items a week before the auction. But you can find more details about items to bid on here. In the meantime, here’s a partial list!

If you love to travel, you can enjoy a wonderful vacation AND have your funds make a difference! What a win/win. So start planning! (click on the underlined link to go to their website and learn more!)

Costa Rica Getaway 5-night stay at Los Suenos Marriott (Playa Herradura) or JW Marriott Guanacaste (Tamarindo) with Airfare and daily breakfast for 2. Costa Rica, which translates literally as “Rich Coast” attracts more than one million visitors eager to catch a wave, bathe under a waterfall, spot a sloth or otherwise enjoy paradise. Whether you’re a beach bum, surf nut, nature enthusiast or just someone looking to chill out and escape the world, visit Costa Rica and experience a vacation like no other.

Holland America Cruise – Cruise the Ocean Blue with a 7 days to the destination of your choice with an ocean view room! Alaska, the Caribbean, Mexico or Canada/ New England, the choice is yours!

– Dirt Fish Rally School will give you the biggest adrenaline rush of your life in this opportunity to be a race car driver! This half day introduction to Rally gives you the opportunity to take the wheel for a thrill ride! Get ready to be sideways!

– Willows Lodge in Woodinville promises you a luxurious guest experience. This experience includes a night’s stay with wine tasting at the Fireside Lounge and dinner for two at the Barking Frog.

 Old School Senior Prom Gala & Auction will also feature: 

  • Overnight stay at tree house of your choice at Treehouse Point
  • $650 Herb Farm certificate
  • 4 tickets to a 2020 Seattle Storm Game, and t-shirt signed by 2018 first-round draft pick, Jordin Canada
  • Cherry Valley Wine tasting
  • Name your own pizza at Red Pepper
  • San Juan Island Zips Tours passes for 2
  • Overnight stay at McMenamins with Dinner and Breakfast included
  • plus dinners, gift baskets and so much more!

Tickets can be purchased HERE!

You’re Invited to the 2019 Senior Prom Gala and Auction!

JOIN US AT: McMenamins Anderson School, Bothell. 18607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011

Everyone deserves to lead a healthy, enriched life as they age. You have the power to inspire and support seniors living in the Snoqualmie Valley by purchasing your tickets HERE for the 2019 Senior Prom Gala & Auction!

Date: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019
Time: Doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Location:  McMenamins Anderson School, 18607 Bothell WA NE, Bothell, WA 98011
Theme: Old School Senior Prom. We’ll have a FREE photo booth and a live band!
Purchase tickets HERE!
Ticket prices:
  • Ticket Price: $85
  • After September 18: $99
  • VIP Ticket: $125 Includes your admission to the Gala, PLUS you will be invited to the PRIVATE pre-funk party! Arrive at 4:30pm for early check-in, enjoy a spiked punch signature cocktail, VIP swag bag, and more!
  • Per table of 8, before Sept. 18: $640
  • Per VIP table of 8: $960
You’ll enjoy a delicious dinner (choices below), drinks, and bid on outstanding silent and live auction items:
  • No. 7 Herbal Roasted Game Hen w/ Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes (Gluten Free)
  • Pepper-Crusted Ahi w/ Mango Pico de Gallo and Basil-Cilantro Rice
  • Zucchini Linguini (Vegan, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free) 
Can’t make it? Consider making a regrets donation!

The funds raised from this event will focus on Senior Enrichment, specifically nutrition, fitness and transportation. The Community Dining program at Sno-Valley Senior Center served over 10,000 meals in 2018 and there is no required cost for adults over 60. Our fitness classes help seniors gain more strength and avoid falls, and the transportation program gets seniors to and from the senior center from Monday-Friday.

It’s going to be an amazing party! We hope to see you there!  More information at https://snovalleysenior.org/ under the events tab.

Purchase tickets HERE or copy and paste this link: https://snovalleysenior.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/OldSchoolSeniorPromAuction2019/tabid/1048311/Default.aspx

4th of July Thank You and Re-in-Carnation Update!

How exciting to see the Re-In-Carnation Thrift Store be re-born in the Sno-Valley Senior Center! It will have a Grand Opening the second week of July with lots of new and fun items to purchase so be sure to come and check it out! Special thanks to our Thrift Store Manager Angie Hartung and to Sara Lambert for the hours of hard work they put in to make the transition as seamless as possible. They packed and moved with the help of the Rotary Club of Duvall and the Sno-Valley Senior Center board and staff. It was quite a team effort! Well done! (By the way, the Rotary Club of Duvall also gave us a grant for $1,500 in June! What support they give us!)

I’m also quite in awe of the community support for our July 3 & 4 fundraisers! The Duvall Civic Club is sponsoring to help underwrite expenses so every penny can go for our programs. We also got yummy strawberries from Remlinger Farms. Plus, the local grocery stores also provide in-kind food for the Spaghetti Dinner. IGA in Carnation, the Farm House Market in Fall City and Duvall Family Grocer and Safeway all provide ingredients for spaghetti as do Senior Center members JJ & Susan Schmoll! Starbucks even donates coffee for the event.

Our volunteers make these wonderful community events possible. Delores Ulrich and family have chaired the Strawberry Shortcake for over 20 years! They have raised over $40,000 total in all those Shortcake feeds for Center programs! We are so grateful for them. Delores used to do Spaghetti the night before too! But then Daniel Encisco and Jim Ribail took on that event and have made it very special. All of these events take lots of volunteer support so we are very grateful to all those who help us make it happen. The whole community looks forward to these events.

The Membership should be very proud of the impact this Senior Center has on the lives of so many. You’ll see our Annual report inside. It is our gratitude report to the donors and volunteers who make us thrive. This community and all those who give time and treasure make me so inspired and grateful. I get to see how the hot lunch, the transportation, the fitness classes, the clubs and educational
offerings change people’s lives. I get to see the friendships that form. We’re making a difference. All of you are the power behind our work.

We also have an amazing staff. Kira Avery was recently named Rising Star at the Washington State Senior Center Conference in Wenatchee. We are so proud of her! Congratulations!

We’ve moved offices around. Now our bookkeeper Mindie is upstairs and the Thrift Store Manager, Angie and our Social Worker Kelly can be found behind reception. We’ve also found some new used desks and have spiffed up the office space. The staff all pooled their funds to buy me a new office chair as the old one was quite beat up.  That’s the kind of amazing staff we have!

As always if you have any questions, problems or praises, come talk to me in my office on the 2nd floor or call 425-333-4152, ext. 1 or e-mail Lisay@soundgenerations.org

GiveBIG and Plant Sale Thank You!

Thank you to those who donated to Give BIG! We were able to raise $ 3,137 + $1,000 match from Kimberly Smith of Weichert Realty = $4,337! All that money goes to community dining. Jennifer would love to see more of you attending our noon meal!  It’s a great meal for a good price! Bring your friends and family. We rival many local restaurants for quality and portions. Everyone who attends lunch June 10-14 will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Safeway gift card! Bring a first time guest and you will get double entries and they will too!

I also want to thank our amazing plant sale committee who raised a record breaking $15, 578 net! In this group, each person takes a piece so the event comes together seamlessly and easily. It is so much fun! The group was ably lead by Chair Darcy Dinwiddie. We purchase some plants at wholesale and resell them. Tami Agnew choose the plants to buy and resell and she did a great job of getting an amazing variety. Pat Beagle and Joyce Butler brought in a record number of donated plants from local nurseries and individuals.

Mike Becker coordinated the logistics of tents, tables, fencing, and set up/tear down. We are so grateful to Remlinger Farms for donating the use of their huge tent and to JJ Schmoll for the use of another very large tent.  We can’t do this without so much generosity of in-kind donations and time. Speaking of giving time, Cecelia McCorkle recruited and coordinated a huge cadre of 200+ volunteers who help with every aspect from set up to pricing to watering and cashiering. Denise Crutchfield led the First Picks party by catering it personally plus assisting the wineries and brewery that offered tastes of their amazing wines and beer. It was our most fun and successful party yet. Partly the success was due to Kira Avery and the amazing job she did publicizing the event. She also was in charge of the Garden Art vendors who had beautiful unique items.

Many people donated their expertise: Liz Post and Susan Miller were our Master Gardeners. Robin Woeltz of RobinMariePhotography took amazing photos of the First Picks. Tony Dambrava served as the DJ of music for the party. Kris Kirby oversaw the bake sale with assistance of Delores Ulrich’s homemade cinnamon rolls. Kirsten Lints of Gardens Alive made some beautiful container gardens to sell. Angie Hartung oversaw the
cashiering for all the plants! What a team! We are so grateful for the sponsorship of Scott Massey in memory of Sonja Massey, who chaired this event many years. Also the King County Community Service Area grant funded the children’s area. The kids really enjoyed getting to decorate a pot then plant it.  It was quite a weekend. Thank you for your support.  Fundraisers are one key way we fund our programs and services.

Our next big event is the July 3 Spaghetti with chefs Daniel Encisco and Jim Ribail. Then July 4, Delores Ulrich’s family makes and sells a thousand cinnamon rolls.  Volunteers are needed to assist with these community events, so if you can help, let me know!

The Board has decided to move the Re-In-Carnation Thrift Store temporarily into the Senior Center. It will be now located on the main floor in the Game Room and the Sitting Room. This will necessitate that we move the current activities in those spaces to rooms upstairs. It’s not an ideal situation but it will save the senior center much needed funds while we come up with a plan to rebuild the Thrift Store. (The building has some serious structural problems and will need to be torn down.)  The store will move in mid-June to reopen sometime in July in its new space in the Senior Center. We are so sorry for the inconvenience as we try to make space for all the wonderful programs and activities we offer. If you have questions about the future of Re-In-Carnation, feel free to talk to me or our board president, Jerry Sprute at (425) 268-9365.

I’m always happy to chat with you if you have questions, concerns or praise, We have a most amazing Senior Center! You can pop up to my office or e-mail lisay@soundgenerations.org or call 425-333-4152, ext. 1

 

Celebrating Volunteers

This month we are celebrating volunteers. It’s inadequate to say Sno-Valley Senior Center exists because of our volunteers but it’s a core truth. If people were not so generous with their time, we would have to close our doors.

We have amazing volunteers who staff our reception desk. They greet people, answer phones,      accept money for classes, do data entry and answer myriad questions. Volunteers bring in our    continental breakfast and two of those – Barb Haugen and Delores Ulrich have been doing it for decades!  (they even provide homemade food!)

Volunteers greet at lunch and make change for those who wish to make a lunch donation. Volunteers cook, prepare and serve the food for lunch and wash up afterward. Volunteers help at our Thrift Store Re-In-Carnation as cashiers and sorters. They help us raise $70,000 every year with their work. These are our core weekly volunteers who make a commitment to come regularly.

Many volunteers help for a season like those who help with our fundraisers. They do the pre-planning and working day of events like the pie & cake auction, the plant sale, bingo, our annual auction plus our July 4 Shortcake and   Spaghetti events and Holiday Bazaar. Some volunteers chair the event and others assist on the committee. Some volunteers help us with yardwork or teaching a class. Others help with mailings and office support. But ALL of them are essential to the running of our Center.

Did you know that volunteering is important to health? Studies show that volunteers live longer, healthier lives.  That is the result of having a purpose and opportunities to make social connections. Volunteering can strengthen us cognitively and physically! It’s an opportunity to share what we have learned over our lifetimes but also an            opportunity to learn new things!  Volunteers don’t have time to be isolated or depressed. Life is busy and full.  An AARP study said “Inactivity as you age can promote the advancement of heart issues, bone loss, joint pain, fat, and a slew of other health issues. Getting out and volunteering can help combat these issues.”

So if you aren’t a volunteer yet, consider joining our crew. Life is always changing so we always have a need for new volunteers. Come check out an orientation for volunteers. It gives you a chance to find out what’s available and for us to find out your interests and availability.  Orientation is on April 4 at 1pm or April 24 at 10am. Just contact Kira at 425-333-4152, ext 3 or kiraa@soundgenerations.org or just show up on that date.

A big Thank you to our volunteers. You make a world of difference with your big beautiful generous hearts. We want to honor you with an Ice Cream Social on April 11 at 2:00 p.m. RSVP at the Front Desk or at kiraa@soundgenerations.org.