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November 25, 2013

WSBA Staff Raises Over $5,000 in 2013 Charity Auction

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Charity Auction
Each year, WSBA employees use their talents to bake, craft, and create items for both live and silent auctions.

Our annual WSBA holiday charity auction took place last week, just in time to snag some homemade treats for everyone’s Thanksgiving dinners. Each year, WSBA employees use their talents to bake, craft, and create items for both live and silent auctions. You never know which item will trigger a bidding war, but it’s all in good fun — and the friendly competition just means more total donations for some outstanding charities.

This year’s highlights included a turkey-shaped chocolate cake, obedience school lessons (apparently we staffers have some rowdy pets), and martial arts lessons taught by a WSBA employee. As usual, there were also plenty of delicious baked goods, gift certificates, and hand-crafted items. We saw Gov. Paul Bastine checking out the silent auction offerings, and we hear President Patrick Palace took home a tray of candy sushi.

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We raised a total of $5,570 this year. Thanks to the WSBA staff for their hard work and generosity! Learn more about the charities our auction event supports:

Treehouse for Kids

Our charity of choice for the past several years has been Treehouse, a nonprofit committed to improving the lives of Washington kids living in foster care. Treehouse helps foster children by providing a free “store” for clothing, school supplies, and other essentials, paying for normal childhood experiences like sports registration fees, a graduation cap and gown, summer camp, holiday gifts, and educational advocacy.

American Red Cross

This year, we also donated to the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross provides compassionate care to those in need through disaster relief, supporting America’s military families, coordinating blood donations, health and safety services, and international humanitarian services.

Does your firm raise funds for charity or have another special holiday tradition? Share it in the comments!

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