Great Support Keeps the Black Diamond Community Center Going Strong

The Black Diamond Community Center’s 27th annual fundraising Dinner Auction, held Oct. 6, was a great success. All money made from this event, almost $37,000 raised, stays in our community to help seniors and families who need assistance. We provide food, gas vouchers, dairy cards, rental assistance, clothing, diapers, emergency vehicle repairs, housing repairs and help with prescriptions drugs.

Our sponsors were very generous this year. Thank you to: Black Diamond Recycling and Transfer (Dave Ambur), Mary Kay (Karin Ambur), Mutual of Enumclaw Insurance Company, Ten Trails, Curtis Lang Custom Homes, TRM Wood Products, Goodfellow Bros. Inc., Black Diamond Bakery and Deli, Anesthesia Equipment Supply Inc., Lake Sawyer Grocery, Commencement Bank, Kenyon Disend PLLC, Royal Towing, Lennar Homes and Palmer Coking Coal.

Johnny Morris of TRM Wood Products was our auctioneer. He donates time, money, and had some of his employees attend. Johnny is the best.

Our Board of Directors does so much work before our big night. Thank you to Keith Watson, Jude Irish, Elsie Parkin, Becky Olness, Dave Ambur, Joe Androsko, Sue Androsko, Tamie Deady, LeRoy Holcomb, Marsha Tetzlaff and Judy Watson.

Our cook Jude Irish (board member) and her assistant Kim Borgen cooked up a special prime rib dinner everyone enjoyed. Kitchen crew members Dan Spino, Ron Brentson, Barbara Besagno, LeRoy Holcomb, Mary Ann Knarreborg, James Lesinski and the lovely ladies from the Mutual of Enumclaw kept things moving all evening.

Cashiers Kristie Pechenyuk, Renee Wasson, and Crystal Martin helped make the close-out run efficiently. Bartenders Setheni Kirschnick and Irene Vaughn always add fun and charm to our events. Silent Auction closers Bill and Sandi Hooper, Melissa Oglesbee and Kym Sulman did an amazing job wrapping up bids. Extra help with décor were Leih Mulvihill, Irene Vaughn and Judy Watson. Special thanks go to Susan Kriz for wonderful piano music, and Mariah Deady for creative artwork. Staff works very hard year-round to make this event a success: Leslie Johnson, Helen Bittner, Irene Vaughn, Kym Sulman, Mary Ann Knarreborg and James Lesinski. They are the best workers around.

Live Auction items were donated by Janie Edelman, Irene Vaughn, Howard and Dorothy Botts, Cheryl Hanson, Brock and Tamie Deady, Brenda Evenson, Black Diamond Antiques, Mike Lind, Lind’s Meats, Jude Irish, Ernie and Tori Ammons, Black Bear Outpost, Nothing Fancy Vintage Décor and Gifts, Keith and Judy Watson, Ron and Becky Olness, Fifth Avenue Theatre, Hamanasu Teppanyaki and Sushi, Maureen O’Brien, The Smokehouse and More, Black Diamond Pizza and Deli, Mike and Sue Androsko, Colt and Marsha Tetzlaff, Reagan Dunn, Gracene’s Cupcake Boutique, Europa, Bounce at Diamond Square, Black Diamond Auto Parts, Sahara Pizza, Money Man Pawn, Lumber House Brewery, Studio Barre and Lounge, Black Gold Coffee Company, Royal Towing, Cenex Convenience Store, Italian Fresh Pizza, Hop Jack’s, Farrelli’s, S’Wiched, Frankie’s Pizza, Starbucks, Les Schwab, Grocery Outlet and Oshio 2 Teriyaki and Burger.

Silent Auction baskets make up half of our revenue for this wonderful event. The following list includes those who donated items for the silent auction: Angel Goral, Bill and Sandi Hooper, Bill and Sheri Roth, BJ’s Beauty and Barber, Black Bear Outpost, Black Diamond Antiques, Black Diamond Auto Parts, Black Diamond Auto Wrecking, Black Diamond Bakery and Restaurant, Black Diamond Eagles, Black Diamond Pizza and Deli, Black Diamond Recycling and Transfer, Black Gold Coffee Company, Bounce at Diamond Square, Brealey Realty, Brenda Hanson, Brock and Tamie Deady, Carpinito Brothers, Cenex Convenience Store, Cheryl Hanson, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Colt and Marsha Tetzlaff, Cougar Mountain Zoo, Craig and Judy Goodwin, Curtis and Linda Patterson, Dave and Karin Ambur, Dazzled Dame, Leih Mulvihill, Dennis and Diana Boxx, Element’s Massage, Elsie Parkin, Ernie and Tori Ammons, Europa, Farrelli’s Pizza, Family Fun Center and Bullwinkle’s Restaurant, Frankie’s Pizza, Fritz Gottfried, Gracene’s Cupcake Boutique, Grocery Outlet of Maple Valley, Hawthorn Tree Massage and Emu Ranch, Hop Jack’s, Howard and Dorothy Botts, Irene Vaughn, Italian Fresh Pizza Co., Janie Edelman, Jay and Jude Irish, Johnson’s Do-It Center, Jude Irish, Karl and Jennifer Koch, Keith and Judy Watson, Ken and Cindy Brown, Kusak Cut Glass Works, Les Schwab of Maple Valley, Lind’s Meats, Mike Lind, Lumber House Brewery LLC, Mary Kay, Karin Ambur, Maureen O’Brien, Melissa Oglesbee, Mike and Sue Androsko, Money Man Pawn, Nordic Museum, Northwest Marketing and Management, Northwest Outdoor Center, Nothing Fancy Vintage Décor and Gifts, Oshio 2 Teriyaki and Burger, Palmer Coking Coal Company, Pythians, Reagan Dunn, Richard and Sharon Gonzalez, Ron and Becky Olness, Royal Towing, Safeway at Maple Valley, Sahara Pizza, Sawyer Spa and Clinical Massage, Seattle Children’s Museum, Serena Hair Design, Sharon Veldhuis, Sherri Potts, Sons of Italy, Starbucks of Maple Valley, Studio Barre and Lounge, S’Wiched, T and B Nails and Spa, Tacoma Children’s Museum, The Loft Salon and Spa, The Smokehouse and More, Tractor Supply Company of Enumclaw, TRM Wood Products, Work-Sports and Outdoors.

Thank you also to all of you who support our programs all year round: Ten Trails, Maple Valley Black Diamond Rotary, Kiwanis Club of Black Diamond Maple Valley, Black Diamond Eagles, Enumclaw Lions, Pythians, St. Barbara Church, Lake Sawyer Christian Church, Lake Sawyer Community Club, McGann Electric and The Loft Salon and Spa.

Thank you everyone who attended our dinner. Thank you for supporting our event, so we can help so many others. We are able to assist seniors and families with emergency help because of YOU. The Black Diamond Community Center is lucky to have so much support.

Thank you,

Cheryl Hanson

Executive Director