Edmonds Senior Center raises record $100K at gala and auction

Nearly $100,000 was raised during the Edmonds Senior Center’s fifth annual Gala & Auction May 4 at the Historic Flight Museum at Paine Field.

“The vintage planes were the perfect backdrop for our Ready for Takeoff theme as we prepare to demolish our aging building and construct the new Edmonds Waterfront Center,” said Senior Center Board President Bob Rinehart.

Auction items ranged from seven nights in Bali, to a ride in the vintage B-25 Bomber “Grumpy,” to a crab feed for 20 on the deck at 190 Sunset. The always popular Rick Steves 7-Day Europe Tour had a twist this year. The winning bidder will receive a private dinner and trip planning session with the travel guru himself.

Mayor Dave Earling was on hand to present the 2019 “E” Award to Cheryl Reagan for her dedication to the Senior Center, tireless leadership and commitment to the community.

The last item up for bid was the beloved disco ball that hung in the Senior Center’s Ballroom for 50 years of Friday dances, events and family celebrations. After spirited bidding, the high bidder was Diana White, who explained to the audience, “my husband Steve and I were married in the ballroom under that very disco ball”.

Funds raised will be used to pay for continuing programs in 15 sites throughout Edmonds during the year of construction of the new building.

The Edmonds Senior Center (ESC) currently serves approximately 4,000 seniors annually with a broad range of programs and activities at their waterfront location at 220 Railroad Ave in Edmonds.

The new Edmonds Waterfront Center will be built on the same site but will operate as a multi-generational activity Center and will serve a much larger demographic. From 8 a.m.-4 p.m., most of the programs will be aimed at seniors and organized by the senior center.  From 4-10 p.m., programs for all ages will be offered by the city’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department.

More than $13 million has been raised toward the $16 million goal. To learn more, contact Daniel Johnson at 206-293-4823.

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