Updated September 8, 2012
2012 Garden Party - The Best Yet - Really!
by Jackie Dupras, photo below courtesy West Seattle Blog
Yeah, I know - We always say that. But this year really was the best. We made more money than ever before: at least $13,000, we had great auction items for lively
bidding, the Haggis Brothers sang those old songs that make you want to dance, and some of us did.
A big round of applause for the co-chairs Carol Frillman and
Chris Porter who worked tirelessly to make this the best yet.
Chris Weiss was the lucky bidder on the bottle of fine Scotch whiskey. Chris opened the bottle, poured
himself a little in a glass, offered it to his neighbor, and then another neighbor, and before you know it, people came from all around came for a little bit of that fine
Scotch whiskey, including Chris Porter. By the end of the evening, there was an inch or two left of the fine Scotch whiskey, but Chris had more enjoyment out of
sharing it his fellow Democrats at the party than taking home an unopened bottle of fine Scotch whiskey to sit on a shelf waiting for that special occasion.
The Corps of Volunteers (including Sue Backs Patricia Barber, Layne Bautista, LeeAnne Beres, James Brown, Steve Butts, Karl De Jong, Kari Feeney, Mike Heavey,
Sharon Huling, Karen Hutson, Ann Martin, Betty McCollum, Karol Munsinger, Tim Nuse, Joy Pakulak, Mike Parker, Betsy Shedd, Tamsen Spengler, Amy Sterner,
Marcee Stone, Bruce Stotler, Les Treall and Jeff Upthegrove.
Special thanks go to our Auctioneer Dow Constantine, who kept us bidding. He knew all of us and calling out to us personally added to the fun.
Special thanks also go to Ed Dupras for putting in a full workday so we would have lights and sound.
Businesses: 3-13 Bakery, A Terrible Beauty, Admiral Pub, Agate Designs, Alki Bike and Board, Alki Kayak Tours, ArtsWest, Beauty Bar Spa & Boutique,
Beveridge Place Pub, Brunette Mix, C&P Coffee, Chill Massage, Circa, Company, Elliott Bay Brewery, Evergreen Landscape, Feedback Lounge, Freshy's, Heartland Cafe,
Inner Vision Institute, Menashe Jewelers, New Orleans Creole Restaurant, Sand Ice, Soundview Cottage B&B, Stuffed Cakes, Talarico's, The Beer Junction, The Floral Lab,
Tram's Salon, Wash Dog, West Seattle Bowl, West Seattle Entertainment, West Seattle fabric, West Seattle Tobacco, Wyatt's Jewelers.
Individuals: Ann and Tony Martin, Art Wolfe, Arturo Torres, Bill Schrier, Brian Earl, Carol and Lou Frillman, Chris Porter, Diane Venti, Eileen Cody, Elva Francis,
Ivan Weiss, James Brown, Jeff Upthegrove, Joe McDermott, Joe Mitter, John Constantine, Joy Pakulak, Kristi Mandt, LeeAnne and Ken Beres, Les Treall, Martha Kongsgaard,
Michael Wilson, Muzit Evans, Pamela Street, Tamsen Spengler, Valerie Caracuzzi, Bruce Harrell, Dwight Pelz, Jay Inslee, Jean Godden, Joe Fitzgibbon, Lloyd Hara,
Mike McGinn, Mike O'Brien, Richard Conlin, Sally Bagshaw, Sally Clark, Sharon Nelson, Tim Burgess, Tom Rasmussen
Read the September 2012 Newletter here for more information and acknowledgements and the West Seattle Blog for a great set of photos and description of the event..
34th District Democrats' Annual Garden Party
August 17, 2012 - 6:00 p.m. - West Seattle Nursery
The 34th District's annual Garden Party is Friday, August 17, 2012 at the West Seattle Nursery. We need your donations for the auction and volunteers to work on the event. Download the donation form as a PDF here or as a Word document here.
This is our big fundraiser of the year and in order for it to be successful, we need your help. Download a flyer you can print to hand out here or just click on the flyer image at the upper right to see a printable version.
The theme of the Garden Party this year is Red, White and Oh So Blue Presidential Year, an All-American Barbecue.
The barbecue will include hamburgers and sausages from The Swinery, known for its excellent meats and tasty sausages. In addition, there will be potato
salad, corn on the cob, slow baked beans, everything else to make a great barbecue including apple pie and ice cream from Full Tilt. In addition to the barbecue,
beer and wine are complimentary. As anyone who has been to a fundraiser can attest, this is a pretty good deal for $34.
Most of the money we raise comes from our auction, and we need your help to make this important election year fundraiser a success.
Auction Items Are Needed: Gift certificates are always popular, especially those from restaurants. Most restaurants are happy to donate to our auction.
It's good public relations for them, and most Democrats are happy to contribute to the cause. Perhaps there's a shop that you frequent and they know you.
You could ask for a donation of an item in the shop, or perhaps a gift certificate. A gift of your time is always welcome, especially if it's time in the kitchen.
Dinners at your home or theirs are popular. And everyone loves sweets. Consider donating a certificate for your specialty for the buyer to enjoy at a
more convenient time. If you have an art item that you are tired of or just doesn't fit your style anymore, consider donating it.
But do remember, this is not a garage sale. Items need to be in excellent condition. These are just a few ideas. You're creative people. We trust that
you can come up with some pretty good ideas on your own.
Here are a few things we have so far:
Sunday Breakfast for Two delivered to your front door, including freshly made muffins and scones, fruit salad, Greek yogurt, champagne, and orange
juice. Then relax with a cup or two of Starbucks coffee while you sit down and read The New York Times.
Cruise Lake Burien on the Party Barge with wine and cheese for up to six people.
Have drinks with a friend and Joe Fitzgibbon at Endolyne Joes.
Spend a night at the Poulsbo Inn and experience the authentic Norwegian heritage, walk quaint shop lined streets, and stroll the boardwalk on
beautiful Liberty Bay.
Enjoy a privately guided rafting trip for six people. There is an autographed copy of Dreams of My Father by Barack Obama.
Items are still coming in, and if you have an item, or if you have any questions or need ideas for auction items, contact Carol Frillman at 935-5745 or
Volunteers are needed before the auction to help with the planning and to solicit auction items, Making our annual Garden Party and Auction a success
requires a lot of help from our members. If you can help, you may contact Tim Nuse via e-mail or 226-4849.
Arrive at 4:00 PM:
Sign in Table - 4 volunteers needed to sign in guests
Set Up - 4 volunteers needed to set up tables, chairs, etc.
Decorations - 2 volunteers needed
Help Ed Set Up Lighting - 1 volunteer
Arrive by 4:30 PM:
Beverage Tent - 3 volunteers
Arrive by 5:30 PM
"Buy It Now" Table - 1 volunteer
Runners for Auction -- 2 Volunteers -- 2 Volunteers
Silent Auction Tables -- 2 Volunteers -- 2 Volunteers
Arrive by 6:00 PM
$5 Friday Bucket - 1 Volunteer
Dinner Line -- 1 Volunteer -- 1 Volunteer
Dessert Table -- 2 Volunteers -- 2 Volunteers
After the event: Clean Up -- 4 Volunteers
New for 2012
New this year are the "Buy It Now" Table and the $5 Friday Bucket. Restaurants and some businesses tend to donate
gift certificates to the auction. Instead of taking bids on them, we will have a Buy It Now table. The gift certificates are nearly always auctioned at
face value, so this year, we are going to sell them at just that, no bidding. So far, we have gift certificates for Home Depot, Proletariat Pizza, a Growler and
gift certificate for Elliott Bay Brewery, and a gift card for Freshy's. We also have a manicure and pedicure at Angel Nails.
For the $5 Friday Bucket, throw a $5 bill in the bucket with your name on it, and at the end of the day, one of those $5 bills will be drawn from the
bucket. If it's yours, you get half the money in the bucket. The 34th District Democrats get the other half.
Garden Party chair and point of contact is Carol Frillman - 206.935.5745, fax (425) 392-7330.
An archive of information about the 2011 auction is here, the 2009 auction here, about the 2008 auction is here, and about the 2007 auction is here, and for results and details about the 2006 Garden Party
Auction, click here.
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