From the August 27, 2014 edition of the Skamania County Pioneer.
"I am disappointed that the attendance was sparse at Saturday's gala fundraiser for the Washington Gorge Action Programs' Food Banks.
While there may be plenty of explanations for the failure of local residents to support this effort, I hope people immediately sit down as soon as they read this and write a donation check to WGAP to assist those in need of food.
The evening featured music by the Stevenson High School Pep Band and by guitarist Andreas Erhlich, a silent auction of various items that went for far below their market value, and a fashion show by A.boutique of Stevenson and Desi's Designs of Carson.
Organizer Margie Michaels said that event did raise $500 above the cost of putting it on, but I personally think the amount should have been $5,000. Michaels credited Andrea Clark with spearheading the fashion show, including bringing in Desi's Designs. She said around 100 people either volunteered or donated for the first-time fundraising event. The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum also provided the facility at a reduced cost.
At just $5 to get in the door, the fundraiser was very affordable.
Americorps VISTA volunteer Margie Michaels did a great job planning and advertising the fundraiser.
Why didn't people show up en masse? I can only guess that we're all wearied by the recent county fair, preparing for the start of the school year Wednesday, or possibly overwhelmed by the amount of fundraisers which occur in Skamania County.
Perhaps the event had too many competing events such as the Bigfoot Bash and Bounty on Saturday. Or maybe people don't put the word 'gala' and 'food bank' in the the same portion of their brains.
Please contact WGAP and make a cash donation today or buy a few cans of food to donate. Call Patricia Sajdak, Washington Gorge Action Programs Nutrition Programs director, at (509)493-2662 ext. 208 or Margie Michaels, AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at ext. 212 or email@example.com."
"The Food Banks Fundraiser on August 23 in Stevenson was nothing less than…a fun event that I’d definitely want to do again-with a few adjustments!" Margie Michaels, event organizer.