The 29th annual FUSION Art Auction Event was hosted Aug. 3 at Dumas Bay Centre, raising a record $384,000 which will go toward renovating two new homes to help house families experiencing homelessness.
The event’s attractions included live and silent auctions, games, live music, and raffles.
The 515 guests enjoyed a dinner catered by Longhorn Barbecue. Pop-up bar stands were located at each corner of the event grounds with various refreshment options.
Live auction items included a trip to Bali, a Hawaii vacation trip, tickets to a Seattle Seahawks game, and many additional vacation and experience packages.
Silent auction items included a variety of bid options, including ceramic pieces, paintings, gift certificates, themed gift baskets, and more.
The winner of the Heads and Tail Holland Cruise was Leslie Huggins. Peggy Greenwood won the Alaska Airlines ticket raffle, which allows the winner to fly anywhere Alaska Airlines flies. Christina Berg won the Golden Ticket drawing, allowing her first pick of the live auction trip packages; she picked a seven-night trip to Manzanillo, Mexico.
Guest speaker Anna Brown shared her story of experiencing homelessness and how FUSION changed her life with their support. At the end of her speech, she shared a quote by Maya Angelou.
“The human heart is so delicate and sensitive that it always needs some tangible encouragement to prevent it from faltering in its labor. The human heart is so robust, so tough, that once encouraged it beats its rhythm with a loud unswerving insistency.”
“FUSION was my encouragement,” she said. “I have my home, I have my daughters, and it’s so much better.”