Wow! Not only was The Whale Museum’s 1st annual event “The Dinner Party” a lot of fun, it raised much needed funds for our exhibits and facility. Our heartfelt thanks are expressed to everyone who helped make this such a successful event.
Our deep appreciation goes to our committee who worked tirelessly to get the word out and coordinate the event held at Brickworks: thanks to Sherm & Chris Losee, Christian & Lea Andrade, Scott & Valerie Sluis, Shelley Alan, John Aschoff, and Becki Day. The food & drink were delicious, thanks to Downriggers, Kari’s Island Elixirs, San Juan Island Brewing Co., San Juan Roasters, San Juan Vineyards, and Westcott Bay Cider. Gorgeous centerpieces were created by Aurora Farms and beautiful music was provided by Sasha von Dassow and Hanneke Klein-Robenhaar.
The auction items were amazing, contributed by individuals as well as many businesses on-island and from farther away. Please check out the full list here as well as photos by Hillary Eggers Photography. We cannot thank them enough for contributing items that were so enticing to our attendees. We also want to express our thanks to Julia Coleman and family as her husband and pilot Lou had committed to donating a flight in his plane for our live auction. Sadly, Lou passed away tragically before this could be realized. He was a generous and thoughtful man and we are grateful for his intended support.
Our MC & Auctioneers Duncan Wilson and Chuck Dalldorf did a wonderful job leading us through the evening. We had great event sponsors – thanks to Islanders Bank, Islanders Insurance, Lakedale Resort, Olympic Lights B & B, Petro San Juan, San Juan Island Brewing Co./King’s, Gary & Susan Sterner, Western Prince Cruise, Backdoor Kitchen, Bakery San Juan, Downriggers, Friday Harbor Grand, Griffin Bay Books, Mike Horn DDS, Island Air Inc., and Richard Lawson Construction. And the volunteers and Museum staff were amazing – more than 20 people helped decorate, run the event and clean up. Our thanks also go to the following for in-kind help and support: Creative Passions and Friday Harbor Electric.
Thanks to everyone who attended and supported our 1st annual event “The Dinner Party.” Because of you, we raised over $23,400 to further The Whale Museum’s mission of promoting stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research.
John Aschoff, Board President
Jenny L. Atkinson, Executive Director