FUSION’s 1950s-themed fundraiser: A swingin’ success

FUSION’s 26th annual art and auction event was held Wednesday, Aug. 7 at Dumas Bay Centre.

It was the sock hop of the summer at FUSION’s 50s-themed 26th Annual Art and Auction fundraiser on Wednesday.

Poodle skirts, bobby socks and plenty of polka-dots could be found at the Aug. 7 evening event, where the clock turned back to the 1950s at Dumas Bay Centre.

FUSION is a volunteer-powered nonprofit organization with a mission of providing housing and support services to homeless families in Federal Way and Tacoma.

The cool cat crowd of gals and greasers enjoyed entertainment, including Jan Peterson’s “The Dance Party” and Danny Vernon’s “Illusion of Elvis” rocked the night away. Pacific Cafe Catering dished up delicious 50s fare of burger sliders, root beer floats, “Not Tuna” casserole and more.

Proceeds from dozens of silent auction items and nearly 20 experiences nabbed during the live auction help FUSION to provide case management services to families and fulfills operating costs and general maintenance for the FUSION homes.

FUSION currently houses up to 19 families. Over the past 26 years, FUSION has celebrated an overall success rate of 85% of homeless families transitioning to permanent housing.

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