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9th Annual Greeting Ceremony

On April 24, 2015, we held the 9th annual 'Greeting Ceremony" fund raiser which was a dinner & auction. Hundreds of people came together to coordinate the event, provide sponsorship dollars, donate auction items, create desserts, serve delicious beverages & food, as well as attend the event & bid on items. It was a very fun night held at the Brickworks.

Our deep appreciation goes to our committee who worked tirelessly to get the word out and coordinate the event: Shelley Alan, John Aschoff, Kerry Hartjan, Clare Kelm, and Sandy May.

The food & drink were delicious, thanks to Market Chef, Northwest Totem Cellars, Island Hoppin’ Brewery, and San Juan Roasters as well as the dessert creators, including Shona Aitken, Jenny Atkinson, Bakery San Juan, Mary Jo Farrer, Elli Gull, Julie Hanks, Market Chef, Mike’s Café & Wine Bar, Sandy May, and Patti Wickham.

The auction items were amazing, contributed by individuals as well as many businesses on-island and from farther away. We cannot thank them enough for contributing items that were so enticing to our attendees. To read more about the contributors and contributions, please check out the Auction Program.

Our MC & Auctioneer Duncan Wilson did a wonderful job leading us through the evening.

We had great event sponsors – thanks to Islanders Insurance, Islanders Bank, Petro San Juan, Coldwell Banker-SJI, and Ed & Clare Kelm.

And the volunteers and Museum staff were amazing – more than 20 people were on-hand to decorate, run the event and clean up, including the wonderful student chefs from Friday Harbor High’s Food For Thought Program.

Thanks to everyone who attended and supported our 9th annual “Greeting Ceremony” fun raiser. Because of you, we raised just over $18,000 to further The Whale Museum’s mission of promoting stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research.

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