“Music by the Sea” helps feed the hungry

It’s not every day you can combine good food, good music and a good cause. Coastal Harvest’s sixth annual “Music by the Sea” fundraiser is coming up March 23, with reservations due by March 11.

“It’s a fun and relaxing evening for a good cause,” volunteer Linda Karjala said.

The evening at Quinault Beach Resort and Casino features a $40 buffet meal including pumpkin-crusted salmon, Herbs de Provence chicken breast, Pacific wild rice pilaf with cranberries, and various sides and specialty desserts. Live music is provided by Fair Winds, Roz and Jim, and live and silent auctions will be held. Tables for 8-10 can be reserved for $25.

The auction will again feature some perennial favorites, including lunch with “the dawgfather,” former University of Washington football coach Don James. Lunch with former Daily World editor and publisher and State Oral Historian John Hughes is also up for auction.

Pasha Stevedoring at the Port of Grays Harbor donated a five-hour fishing trip or tour of Grays Harbor, and Carl Waara of Grayland donated a poker party for 8-10. Waara also donated wine from Cranberry Road Winery.

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.

“That’s it, otherwise we totally rely on grants and donations,” Karjala said.

The March 23 event will also have an opportunity to donate: A new feature has been added to allow guests to make direct donations to buy specific food and warehouse supplies.

Coastal Harvest recently won a grant to buy another food delivery truck.

“We really need to raise more money so we can get more food for that truck to carry,” Karjala 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.

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.

To make a dinner reservation, call Andi at 532-6315 by March 11.