Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda
FUSION founder Peggy LaPorte greets guests at the Aug. 4 summer arts fundraiser at Dumas Bay Centre in Federal Way.

Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda FUSION founder Peggy LaPorte greets guests at the Aug. 4 summer arts fundraiser at Dumas Bay Centre in Federal Way.

FUSION festival returns for 2021 with ‘Garden of the Gods’

Event raises thousands of dollars to help local homeless families.

FUSION’s annual summer art fundraiser was held on a gorgeous sunny day Aug. 4 at Dumas Bay Centre with a Greek mythology “Garden of the Gods” theme.

Attendees were able to bid on silent and live auction items from local artisans and businesses. Chomp! Foods served individually packaged three-course Greek dinners.

Proceeds from the event will go toward funding FUSION’s mission of providing housing and support to families experiencing homelessness. FUSION hopes to raise $200,000 to fund primarily their transitional housing program and case management.

FUSION stands for Friends United to Shelter the Indigent, Oppressed and Needy. Founded in 1993 by Peggy LaPorte and a group of local residents, the nonprofit organization works to help families experiencing homelessness transition into permanent housing.


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Katie Dean was among several artists whose work was on display and for sale at the FUSION summer arts festival. Her letterpress work focuses on a vibrant color palette and botanical themes. Her website is katie-dean.com. Photo by Andy Hobbs/Federal Way Mirror

Photos by Andy Hobbs/Federal Way Mirror Katie Dean was among several artists whose work was on display and for sale at the FUSION summer arts festival. Her letterpress work focuses on a vibrant color palette and botanical themes. Her website is katie-dean.com. Photo by Andy Hobbs/Federal Way Mirror

Items available at the FUSION festival’s auctions included a hot air balloon ride in Woodinville wine country. Photo by Andy Hobbs/Federal Way Mirror

Items available at the FUSION festival’s auctions included a hot air balloon ride in Woodinville wine country. Photo by Andy Hobbs/Federal Way Mirror

Attendees gathered around tables for food and conversation during the Aug. 4 FUSION arts festival at Dumas Bay Centre. Photo by Andy Hobbs/Federal Way Mirror

Attendees gathered around tables for food and conversation during the Aug. 4 FUSION arts festival at Dumas Bay Centre. Photo by Andy Hobbs/Federal Way Mirror

Sunny and warm weather graces the FUSION festival every year. Photo by Andy Hobbs/Federal Way Mirror

Sunny and warm weather graces the FUSION festival every year. Photo by Andy Hobbs/Federal Way Mirror

Teen artist Austin Picinich had a busy afternoon Aug. 4 at the FUSION arts festival. His website is austinsart.net. Photo by Andy Hobbs/Federal Way Mirror

Teen artist Austin Picinich had a busy afternoon Aug. 4 at the FUSION arts festival. His website is austinsart.net. Photo by Andy Hobbs/Federal Way Mirror

Federal Way artist Eugene Montgomery and his artist wife, Myla Montgomery, are annual fixtures at the FUSION festival. Learn more about their work at designsbymontgomerys.com. Photo by Andy Hobbs/Federal Way Mirror

Federal Way artist Eugene Montgomery and his artist wife, Myla Montgomery, are annual fixtures at the FUSION festival. Learn more about their work at designsbymontgomerys.com. Photo by Andy Hobbs/Federal Way Mirror

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