EVENTS & NEWS
WIN’s Rootin’ Tootin’ Summer Frolic –
A Huge Success!
Our wonderful WIN supporters enjoyed an evening of “western” fun at the home of Georgia Gerber and Randy Hudson.
What a party! Feet were tapping and dancing to the great sound of Rusty Fender and the Melody Wranglers, while Josh and Shane of Upper Left Catering spoiled us with BBQ and all the delicious fixins’. Jim Freeman, our emcee extraordinaire, led an exciting auction filled with laughs and a heap o’donations to keep our pantry filled.
To make our event extra special this year, Whidbey’s Organic Farm School donated the veggies for our buffet, Knead Bread from the Bayview Farmers’ Market provided our bread, Blackberry Moon Produce showered us with organic fruit for our pies, and Aaron Racicot served his special home brewed beer. We were lucky to have Colin Sulgrove and Boelle Bonadonna. snapping photos of the excitement.
No doubt about it, our volunteers were rootin’ and tootin’ all week making pie, ice cream, and back porch lemonade. Many helpers pitched in with set-up and clean-up, too. It was an amazing team effort – we couldn’t have done it without every single set of hands!
THANK YOU one and all from the bottom of our hearts!
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HEART TO HEART (2017) Whidbey Island Nourishes celebrated their tenth year on South Whidbey on February 11th at a lovely "Heart to Heart Shoot for the Stars" fundraiser. Des Rock and his team at Useless Bay Coffee Company wowed us with an incredible four course meal with Jim Freeman stirring up loads of fun as he emceed the silent and live auctions. Bouquets of shooting stars greeted the patrons and volunteers who made the annual Heart to Heart event a huge success.
ONE HOT HAVANA NIGHT! (2016) brought a record crowd and donations to W.I.N.'s annual fundraiser. Dinner, auction, and Latin festivities galore were held at the beautiful home of Georgia Gerber and Randy Hudson. Many, many thanks to our hosts, Georgia and Randy, our M.C., Colin Campbell, and chefs Des Rock and Dan Fulton of Useless Bay Coffee Company and Christina Brownfield of Prima Bistro. As you can see by these pictures, it was quite the party and all to support WIN’s programs on South Whidbey.
THANKS PRIMA BISTRO! (2016) Thanks to Prima Bistro for hosting a Glassybaby fundraiser for WIN at their restaurant. There was a great turn out and Jenn and Sieb from Prima were so kind to host the sale in their busy restaurant!
HEART 2 HEART FUNDRAISER (2016) A GREAT SUCCESS! Heart2Heart, held on Valentine’s Day is an intimate dinner at Useless Bay Coffee Company, thanks to Des and Tracy Rock.
"What a beautiful event you all put together. Every event you put on is so well done down to the last detail. The invitations, table set- tings, flowers, food, and music were just perfect." Jane Brown
"I think the success of WIN is quite amazing and I'm in awe of all that you and the other leaders have accomplished. Thanks so much." Sharon
IN THE NEWS
OCT 16, 2015
Students enjoy South Whidbey Elementary School homegrown vegetables in statewide celebration
Langley Sixth Grader Declares Kale Tastier Than Ice Cream By CELESTE ERICKSON--SW Record, 11/19/13
Students in the sixth and seventh grades at Langley Middle School reveled in the flavor of some of their own grown food during the Taste of Whidbey event.
Students Take a Bite into South Whidbey’s Harvest By CELESTE ERICKSON--SW Record, 10/2/13
Students of South Whidbey Elementary School enjoyed a feast of local South Whidbey offerings Wednesday afternoon during the school’s celebration of Taste Washington Day. READ MORE
Nourish Yourself While Nourishing Whidbey Island Children SW Record, 2/8/13 READ MORE
IN 2012, WIN PARTICIPATED in the Whidbey Institute's very exciting and inspiring inaugural Thriving Communities Conference, the first in a series of annual conferences exploring the critical issues facing small communities.
Whidbey Island Nourishes Volunteers Battle Youth Hunger By BETTY FREEMAN--SW Record, 9/25/12
When South Whidbey schools opened their doors this fall, 32 percent of the students qualified for free and reduced price lunches. “We have 1,400 students enrolled, and 448 of them get free or reduced prices lunches every school day,” said Dan Poolman, assistant superintendent for business. “Four years ago the percentage was 18 percent, so we are seeing more students in need of food assistance.”