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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | Fundraiser takes a village
To the editor:
The students and families of the South Whidbey High School music department wish to thank all the people who joined the fun at the April 20 Island Chefs Chili Cook Off at Useless Bay Coffeehouse. This event was a major fundraiser for the high school music department, and thanks to the great turnout it was a great success!
Nine chefs contributed their culinary skills and delicious chili recipes: Big thanks go to chefs Des Rock and Dan Fulton from Useless Bay Coffee Company, Gordon Stewart of Blueberry Hill, Sieb Juriaans of Prima Bistro, Jess Dowdell of Mukilteo Coffee Roasters, Maureen Cooke of Mo’s Pub and Eatery, Vincent Nattress of Cultivar Catering, Neil Colburn of Neil’s Clover Patch and Lisa Morrill of the Braeburn restaurant. The recipes were sampled and judged by Sherry Jennings, Randy Heston, Louise Prewitt, Bruce Allen, Julien Perry and Angela Vosburg. The Judges Choice Master Chili Champion went to Lisa Morrill of the Braeburn; Runner-Up to Des and Dan from Useless Bay Coffee, and the People’s Choice Award went to Neil Colburn of Neil’s Clover Patch. We also wish to thank Gerry Betz and Larry Lowary of Tree-Top Baking Company for providing the delicious dessert.
The South Whidbey High School combos entertained with great jazz, with special appearances by sax alumnus Eric Vanderbilt Matthews and percussion star Scott Small. Many thanks to these dedicated musicians. Kudos and thanks to emcee Sue Frause, who presided over the ceremonies with wit and grace. Also, a big thank you to Gina Simpson who did a wonderful job organizing the silent auction, and to Margot Jerome for helping coordinate the evening.
Abundant thanks especially go to Des and Tracy Rock for their generous support and for hosting this event. Last, but not least, a heartfelt thank you to the event organizer, Janine Hauser, who so skillfully, tirelessly and generously organized every detail of the evening with great skill.
It takes a village to support our students — thank you community for supporting the arts in our school district!