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Love and affirmation is evident | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

It was an unforgettable evening.

Vision, support, commitment, belief, purpose, affirmation and love of community were all present at the South Whidbey Commons Harvest Gala on Oct. 29.

The board of directors, staff and countless volunteers are deeply grateful for the outpouring of verbal and financial support given to keep the commons’ programs thriving.

Nearly 200 folks gathered to celebrate the purpose of the Commons. From intergenerational connections; applied learning opportunities for youth; little tots and parents playing and interacting; to a lovely central community center, we all feel so blessed in this fabulous community by the sea.

The Fireseed facility was beautiful and the service/meal was superb. Many of the youth volunteers were able to greet and serve; continuing to extend their learning and involvement. We are grateful to Carol McNeil for her vision and tenacity for organization as well as all the contributors: table decorations, Verna Lawsen, Jo Shelver; Face of the Commons photographer, Ron Norman; silent auction table decorations, Kay Lagerquist, Cathy Rooks; wine and dinner underwriters, McNeils, Sievers, Whidbey Telecom, Whidbey Island Winery; outstanding auction items donated from all over Whidbey Island; and guests who went crazy showing their support.

We raised more than $34,000 net profit to keep our AmeriCorps members, Playscape program and Youth Employment Training program thriving for another year.

Thank you dear Whidbey Island friends, neighbors and businesses for the love and affirmation you gave to the South Whidbey Commons on Oct. 29.

CYNTHIA SHELTON

President

South Whidbey Commons Board

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