By Joe Fitzgerald
In past years this has been a spaghetti dinner coupled with a raffle. COVID has changed things a bit. This year we are still having the spaghetti dinner via curbside pick-up! (with limited home delivery for those in the vicinity of our post). The dinner will be available on Sept 12th from 4:30-6:00pm, and the usual $20.00 ticket price remains the same. The number of dinners is limited to 150 so be sure and get yours early! Tickets are available from post officers, online at EventBrite (details TBA), or at the office during business hours 1:00-5:00 pm, Thursdays and Saturdays in August and early September.
To replace the raffle, the Committee has developed a fantastic Virtual Auction!
The auction items will range from books to boats to baked goods, and also will include some very special items. All bidding will be handled via BIDDING OWL! Go to vfwseattle.org and click on the virtual auction scrolling across the page to see how it works. It will be simple and easy to do, and a lot more fun than you can imagine! Quartermaster Harold Rodenberger (206-972-2135), Jr Vice Aly Teeter-Baker, and Committee Chair Russ Seelig will all be available to answer any questions.
***Here is the rub though, and where we need all your help to make this fundraiser as successful as possible!
Several of our benefactors who supplied many raffle items in the past, just are not able to financially support us this year or have even gone out of business!
WE ARE IN NEED OF ADDITIONAL AUCTION ITEMS! and – we need all your help on this. Like:
1) Reaching out to persons or entities that would be willing to donate an item to the Auction. (I recently contacted a butcher I know, and they agreed to donate a meat gift certificate!). This sort of thing is easier than you think! Tell yourself: JUST DO IT! The worst they can do is say NO!!!
2) Also, handcrafted items, artwork, or homemade baked goods, can all make nice auction items.
3) Tap into your creative inner self and come up with things like Comrade Stokke who dusted off his fishing boat and is providing a fishing expedition as an auction item! Maybe you welders out there could offer up some type of welding as an item to be auctioned off, and so on. You get the picture.
IF WE ALL PULL TOGETHER ON THIS, OUR SPAGHETTI FEED AND AUCTION WILL BE THE BIG SUCCESS THAT IT’S ALWAYS BEEN IN THE PAST.