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Food For Thought Benefit Dinner & Art Auction

May 11th, 2011

Food For Thought Benefit Dinner & Auction

Orcas Island is home to two things, if nothing else.  Amazing artists of all types, and non-profit organizations supporting various aspects of the community.  And here’s an example where the two are melded as one.  The Orcas Island Education Foundation’s 8th Annual ‘Food For Thought’ Benefit Dinner & Auction for our Public Schools is coming up on Thursday, May 19 at Discovery House at Rosario Resort.  This year, in the spirit of Spring and new beginnings, OIEF has asked our talented Island artists to craft an original piece of art from an egg, and you will have a chance to own one if you bid right.

Island artists and several public school classrooms quickly picked up their choice of the two different egg shapes OIEF provided – one of solid wood, the other of maché which opened to a hollow inside. These creations are so beautiful, unusual and creative that those who come this year will have trouble deciding which one to bid on in the silent and live auction.   Eggs will be in various businesses on the Island for all to see as of May 10.

Todd Spalti's "Egg Plant"

Oh yes, Orcas Island also likes to eat.  If the auction isn’t enough, there will be lots of delicious food provided by professional chefs (Geddes Martin of Ship Bay, Christina Orchid of Red Rabbit Farm, and Bobby and Bev from Cafe Olga) and winners of the 2011 Student Chef Competition.

This truly unusual event is OIEF’s primary fundraiser to help support public school programs such as the Arts Education Initiative, wood shop, all-day kindergarten, several advanced Placement programs and numerous other classes not funded by other sources. This is the most important fundraiser for our public schools.  Great art, great food and a great cause.  What better way to spend and evening.  Tickets are $65 per person, on sale now at the Elementary School office,  Darvill’s Bookstore and the Chamber of Commerce office.  Free childcare will be provided.