Go down under for the cause

Sequim Gazette

This year’s Harvest of Hope Wine and Dinner Gala promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Now in its ninth year, the annual event, hosted by the Olympic Medical Center Foundation, benefits the Olympic Medical Cancer Center in Sequim.


The event begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Sunland banquet room.


“All funds raised stay locally to benefit cancer patients,” said Sara Maloney, associate executive director of the foundation.


Maloney said in the past five years the foundation has raised $583,000 through its annual galas, with the money used to purchase equipment for the center and to fund additional programs and services.


The event’s “presenting sponsor” is the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, which this year is celebrating its tenth anniversary.


Maloney said in addition to the Alliance a number of local firms also are sponsoring the event. They are all “very generous and recognize the importance of good cancer care,” Maloney said.

From the land down under

Each year the wine and dinner gala highlights a different region of the world. “This year we will be sampling food and wine from Australia,” Maloney said.


In addition to good food and drink, the event also features a live auction and a raffle with numerous prizes, providing another means for those attending the event “to engage in additional contributions,” Maloney said.


Maloney is excited about the auction opportunities, including a private dinner for eight with Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna.


“We also have a two-week trip including air fare to Australia,” Maloney said.


The Oak Table and Chestnut Cottage are each putting up for auction two meals a month for a year.


Raffle tickets are $5 for a chance to win a telescope, jewelry, a magnum of Australian wine and more.


In addition, there will be a chance to “fund a need” — an opportunity to “make an outright donation” for a specific purpose, Maloney said. This year the need is the cancer center’s blossoming “integrative medicine program.”


Through the program, Maloney said, “We can improve the quality of life for a person — body, mind and spirit.”


The integrative medicine program emphasizes “evidence-based therapies complementary to conventional medicine such as nutritional therapies, botanical medicine, mind-body medicine, manual medicine and spirituality in health and illness,” Maloney said.


Maloney said the “fund a need” program is popular because often a donor doesn’t know where the money goes. “This way people are certain,” she said.


Maloney took a moment to thank the local sponsors, including Platinum sponsor Expeditions Northwest and Silver sponsors 7 Cedars Casino, Avamere Olympic Rehabilitation of Sequim, Karen Rogers Consulting, KeyBank, Sequim Gazette and Sequim Health and Rehabilitation.


“In addition to this there are a number of individual table sponsors, bringing the total raised through corporate sponsors to $41,750,” she said.


Maloney said only a handful of tickets still are available. To purchase a ticket, or for more information, contact the foundation at 417-7144.


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