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Interfaith Coalition’s 25th Annual Hope Auction gifts to families throughout Whatcom County. Hundreds of volunteers help fuel Never underestimate the power and the work of Interfaith, lifting up neighbors magic that happens when groups and with homes, warmth, and hope. Interfaith individuals of different backgrounds and allows families to stay together and, with beliefs come together to support a three months of its assistance, almost common cause. 90% of families find stable housing. On Saturday, March 19, 5:30pm, the Each spring, the annual Hope Auction Interfaith Coalition’s 25th Annual Hope brings the gifts of each congregation— Auction will be held at the beautiful Four small and large—to pool together for the Points by Sheraton on Lakeway (formerly good of all in Whatcom County. Several the Best Western Hotel.) This lively and businesses and individuals step forward as fun social event features the area’s most sponsors to support the event. Over a eclectic silent and live auction. The dozen volunteers plus Interfaith Board auction brings many faiths together to members make this happen. support Interfaith Coalition, a community Attendees will enjoy fellowship, of many and diverse faiths working Announcer Rev. Jana Schofield. inspiration, and hope as well as learn together to eliminate homelessness and poverty in adventures; indulgent spa and Whatcom personal services; special wines County. The and craft beers; theatre and goal of the musical entertainment; and much auction is to more! raise money A sit-down dinner will be for programs followed by a lively night of that benefit bidding on several exciting items their during the live auction. These neighbors in include one-of-a-kind need. experiences and treasures, near Interfaith is and far weekend getaways, funded over gourmet-themed dinners, 95% by local professional services, all donated individuals, by a generous community to businesses, and Volunteers setting up for auction. benefit Interfaith. Auctioneer Mark Schenfeld. foundations, Tickets are available starting at about the work of Interfaith in the and the auction provides nearly one-third $50 for an individual ticket. Auction community. A woman who lived in one of of the organization’s annual operating donations are still being accepted, call Interfaith’s emergency houses will share budget. 360-734-3983 or email: carolyn@ her story at the auction. She is now a interfaith-coalition.org. Office hours are Laura Harker, Interfaith’s Executive volunteer with Interfaith Coalition, giving 9am-5pm weekdays at the Interfaith Director, and Janie Pemble, the Outreach back to the community. office located at 910 14th Street (St. Coordinator, say their auction is unique James Presbyterian Church), Bellingham. Silent auction items are donated by from other non-profit auctions because of local businesses, congregations, and the involvement of diverse Whatcom Visit www.interfaith-coalition.org/ individuals, and will fill three rooms, County congregations who provide many get-involved/hope-auction/ for volunteer Harker says. In the past, silent auction of the donated items. Attendees and information. items have included custom handcrafted donors do not need to be from any Photos from the 2015 Interfaith Auction courtesy of Jim Wright. artwork; selections for home, garden, car, particular faith community. and pet; children’s toys; sports and water Interfaith Coalition (Interfaith) was created by small groups of people who collaborated to fill gaps in human services, united in their concern for the vulnerable and marginalized in Whatcom County. Interfaith currently consists of 44 member congregations working together to support 11 transitional and emergency homes for families without homes, as well as two severe weather shelters for men and women living on the streets. Another program of Interfaith is CAST (Coffee and Sandwiches Together) that provides four simple meals a week to anyone who is hungry. Annually, Interfaith collects over 3,000 coats and outerwear Auction night. for people of all ages, and delivers holiday

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