Lakewood Ford’s facility was transformed for evening into elegant setting for Partners for Parks Blacktie & Blue Denim Dinner & Ball.
Photos by Ed Kane, Freelance Graphics
The first-ever Partners for Parks fundraising black-tie and blue jeans ball, held Saturday, May 3 in the new Lakewood Ford building, was a great success, according to Sydna Koontz, program chair. The event was attended by approximately 135 parks supporters. Preliminary reports indicated more than $30,000 was raised from the event.
Koontz said the car dealership was transformed into space for dining tables, a band and dance floor. During the evening, Lakewood Rotary Club pledged $10,000 toward construction of improvements at Lakewood’s American Lake Park to kick off the fundraiser. The improvements will include a fishing pier adjacent to the play and swimming area on the north end of the lake. Other major contributors included Clover Park Rotary Club, $5,000 and Puget Sound Energy $2,500. Numerous other organizations and individuals stepped forward with pledges, too.
Dancing capped the evening of community members giving donations to help the Partners for Parks program.
Other funds were raised from the dinner itself and a dessert auction in which each table offered funds allowing them to make early choices among the numerous cakes and other dessert items. One table offered $800 for the opportunity to get first choice among the tasty delicacies.
Koontz reported that numerous community partners helped defray costs, thus allowing a profit from the dinner itself. Those contributing with cash or in-kind contributions were: Lakewood Ford, AA Party Rental, City of Lakewood, Clover Park Kiwanis Club, Clover Park Rotary Club, Clover Park Technical College, Harborstone Credit Union, Harold LeMay Enterprises, Lakewood fire Department, Lakewood First Lions, Lakewood Rotary Club, Northwest Commercial Bank, Olympic Eagle Distribution, Pierce College, Puget Sound Energy, St. Clare Hospital, Vinotique and Wal-Mart.
The desserts that made up the center display were auctioned to guest tables who provided sealed bids. The highest bidders were, in turn, allowed to approach the desserts and take their choice back to their tables.
Desserts came from Affairs (which also catered the diner), Albertsons, Applebee’s, Celebrity Cake Studio, Clover Park Technical College and Foundation, Costco, Dee Bolts Desserts, Famous Daves, Moonrise Caf?©, Safeway, Shari’s and, last but not least, Lakewood Police and Fire Departments which offered Twinkies.
A highlight of the evening was naming the king and queen of Lakewood Parks. They were Sue Badertscher and Roger Laybourn. In crowning the two, their accomplishments were outlined:
A highlight of the evening was naming the king and queen of Lakewood Parks in recognition of their many volunteer activities benefitting Lakewood.
Sue was president of the Lakewood First Lions Club in 2005-06. She volunteers at LERC (Lions Eyeglass Recycle Center), the Night of Giving (Lions Auction – which supports local parks programs), and is one of the club’s representatives for Partners for Parks. She was instrumental in selling tiles to support development of the Skate Park. Sue has coordinated volunteer groups and/or volunteered at every Parks Appreciation Day. She is an asset to our community.
Prior to city incorporation, Roger was on the original transition team to review parks and recreation issues in Lakewood. Seeing a need for improvement, he volunteered to serve on the City’s first Park and Recreation Advisory Board and has served for the last 8 years. He helped create Wards Lake park in northeast Lakewood. Roger is a founding member of Parks Appreciation Day and has worked at every event. He’s helped build playground equipment at Kiwanis Park and volunteered at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center. He works tirelessly on a Kiwanis bike project taking old bikes, making them like new before giving them to children in need. Roger’s leadership and hands-on support has helped create a comprehensive park system that all Lakewood residents can be proud of.
Providing dance music for the evening was the Clover Park Classics.
The Clover Park Classics donated their talents and time to provide music for the dance.