Letters to the Editor

Close to $53,000 raised to sustain Friday Harbor High School's fall sports program

Our May 2 fund-raiser at the Beaverton Valley Business Park was a huge success. We raised close to $53,000 to sustain Friday Harbor High School's fall sports program!

Although Purple & Gold spearheaded the event, it would not have been as successful without the many helping hands and organizations that made it happen! I would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the following:

— For use of the facilities, David McCauley.

— For all the food that was donated for the dinner, Valmark.

— For the outstanding cooking and food set-up, chaired by Donny Galt and the Masonic Lodge No. 175 crew, Brad Smith, Glen Hargrove, Glen Gullickson, Bobby Erickson, Dave Shaw, John Kurtz, Paul Register, Craig Starr, Frank Hastings, Jon Zerby and Kent Meeker!

— Thank you to our athletic director, Rod Turnbull, for being one of the cooks!

— Don and Sarah Galt with Friday Harbor Athletic Association, for all their time, efforts and support.

— Ed Ashcraft, for chairing the entertainment.

— Janet Olson and the Friday Harbor High School Jazz Band.

— Bob Leytze and Mike Adams, and Steve Cutting's band, Dirt Monkey.

— Scott Bell, for being our MC.

— The FHHS cheerleaders, for giving a big "island rumble" cheer!

— For chairing our decorating, Tammy Ashcraft, with help from Michelle Mayer and the volleyball players and coaches.

— To Eric and Diane Jangard and students, for setting up the tables and chairs and returning them on Sunday.

— To San Juan Vineyards, Vinny's Restaurant (Becky Day), Harbor Rental, Masonic Lodge, and Wood Duck, for use of their tables and chairs.

— Thank you to the auction committee who put in many hours to make the auction a success: Mary Elford, Jane Burton Bell and Liz Covert.

— Thank you, Mike Adams, for not only performing but also being the auctioneer.

— Thank you, Laurie and Tanner Buck, and all their helping hands for the slide show.

— To all the parents and students who provided desserts.

— To Printonyx, for printing our posters, tickets and forms.

— To all the coaches and players that contributed to the event, auctioning services, bringing desserts, making posters, serving food, busing tables and collecting dinner tickets.

— To Rod Turnbull and Rich Warin, for setting up the stage.

— To the Purple & Gold board and members Stacey Baker, Sherri Lawson, Dora and Hamid Ukra, Sue Nielsen, Penny Dunn. And great job selling merchandise and inscribed bricks, Becky Nash.

— Lastly, to the community, to everyone who contributed with their gracious donations, and the 600 people who attended that evening!

Each and everyone who attended understood the importance of making sure our athletic program stays strong for our island children — thank you!

Elisa Howard
Purple & Gold president

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