The Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce and Kirkland Downtown Association have come together to keep the events that the city loves alive and kicking. Events that we take for granted like the 4th of July parade and fireworks, summer music in the parks, the cruise-in dance and car show, Wednesday farmer’s market, SummerFest, and decorating downtown with flower pots and holiday lighting are expensive to produce and completely dependent on donations. Once upon a time these events were funded out of the city’s general sales tax revenue and major sponsors but the economy is still in recovery and those revenue streams are not what they use to be.
Chamber and Kirkland Downtown Association volunteers and staff have tried a variety of approaches to get the funding to support these events. They have worked the streets in costumes to draw attention to the need, held fundraising parties, and now the annual Chamber Auction and Gala this Friday, May 4th at the Heathman Hotel. We would like to see you there to help us make our fundraising goal.
The banner for the Gala and Auction is “Imagine the Possibilities.” Fantastic donated gifts are coming in and it’s going to be a lot of fun! Doug Davis, President of the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce had done the math - if 1,200 people gave $200.00, all of our year round events would be paid for. It shouldn’t be that hard in a city of over 80,000. You can register for the Gala/Auction by going to www.kirklandchamber.org or RSVP by phone at 425-822-7066.
Bruce Wynn, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce says, “You will be hearing a phrase around town in the coming months -- Give a Little, Get a Lot. You give a little funding through our Auction/Gala and you get beautiful streets, ongoing summer concerts, farmer’s markets, festivals and more. We can get there with your support. We hope to see you on Friday, May 4th.”