Whidbey Homeless Coalition Spring Fling set for March 23

Annual fundraiser features taco meal, live music, auction, dessert dash

The Spring Fling fundraiser for the Whidbey Homeless Coalition is set for Saturday, March 23 at the Holmes Harbor Rod and Gun Club in Langley.

Tickets are $40. The event includes a taco meal, live band, dancing, silent and live auctions, 50/50 raffle, dessert dash and a cash bar; Langley Mayor Tim Callison is master of ceremonies.

Items ranging from paintings by local artists to a septic cleaning are part of the evening’s auction offerings, said Faith Wilder, Whidbey Homeless Coalition founder and board president.

The organization recently hired its first full-time executive director, Jonathan Kline.

“This is a milestone moment for us,” said Wilder. “Jonathan Kline is returning to Whidbey Island, continuing his career of working on projects that empower the disadvantaged. Having a full-time executive director is an element of our plan to build a sustainable organization so that we can focus on bringing those we shelter into the possibility of permanent housing solutions.”

Proceeds of the Spring Fling will aid both Langley’s House of Hope, which offers 90-day transitional supportive care, and The Haven in Oak Harbor, which provides emergency overnight shelter.