Good food, good music and a good cause all come together for Coastal Harvest’s seventh annual “Music by the Sea” fundraiser March 15.
Tickets are $40 each, and must be pre-purchased by March 5. Proceeds help the non-profit feed the hungry through six counties.
“They’re really doing a great thing, all the food banks depend on us,” board member Celia Barry said
The evening at Quinault Beach Resort and Casino kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with live and silent auctions. The buffet dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., and includes pumpkin-crusted salmon, Herbs de Provence chicken breast, rice pilaf, pasta salad and dessert. Live music is provided by Roz and Jim of Fair Winds. Tables for 8-10 can be reserved for an additional $25.
The “heads or tails” game, popular at past events, will be doubled up this year, with two rounds for two prize packages.
“That’s a lot of fun, generates some enthusiasm, so they decided to do two,” Barry said. “It’s a pretty good laugh sometimes.”
For $10, participants choose heads or tails in a coin flip elimination game. The winners will take home a barbecue from the Dennis Company or two nights at QBRC, with dinner included.
The evening will be hosted by Johnny Manson, and Eric Bjella will serve as auctioneer.
The dinner and auction is one of the non-profit’s major fundraisers, along with a golf tournament in June.
The auction will feature a perennial favorite, lunch with state oral historian and former Daily World editor John Hughes. Bidders can also vie for a Grays Harbor Raceway package, including dinner and limo service, a load of gravel from Quigg Bros., an original etching of the Grays Harbor County Courthouse, a Clam Hawk clam gun, hand-knit Seahawks hats and more.
Barry said the non-profit recently finished its strategic plan, and its goal is to become more self-sufficient.
“We’re always looking for trucks but right now our more immediate concern is that our ice maker is kind of on the fritz,” she said.
Coastal Harvest uses the machine for its own food as well as selling ice to a local fishery as an additional funding source.
Last year, the dinner event raised between $15,000 and $16,000, and they hope to at least match that this year. Donations may be made at the event for specific items Coastal Harvest needs.
“If you just want to support us through buying a case of beans or buying a new tire for one of the rigs, it all goes toward great things that make it better,” Barry said.
The food distribution warehouse operates much like a food bank equivalent of Costco: The non-profit supplies free food to more than 50 food banks, senior centers, tribal centers and feeding programs through Grays Harbor, Pacific, Lewis, Thurston, Mason and Wahkiakum counties. It operates its own warehouse and trucks based in Hoquiam, and aims to use donated funds more effectively by buying in bulk and negotiating discounts.
With that buying power, Coastal Harvest can feed a family for 67 cents.
Coastal Harvest distributes about 4 million pounds of food every year. One in five people on Grays Harbor is food insecure, meaning that they don’t always know where their next meal will come from. That includes one in four children.
Special room rates are available from QBRC, $99 ocean view, $89 wetlands view. Call 1-888-461-2214 to make a room reservation.
Tickets must be pre-purchased by March 5 by calling Andi at 532-6315 or online at www.coastalharvestwa.org.