The time is here for the Toledo Community Foundations Annual Shindig, which is taking place on September 9 at 4:00 p.m. at Country N Lace in Toledo. This is such a worthwhile event to attend, they help all their students in need in their school district. It is quite amazing to see what they have accomplished, from giving sports fees to buying equipment and many other much needed items.
Cyndi Philbrook, Farmers Insurance is helping spearhead this event and gave us a little background, she stated, "The first Shindig started when Paula Burrows reached out on Facebook and wanted to know if anyone wanted to help raise money for Toledo kids. Several of us said yes, we would love to help. We didn't think it would be so hard to just give the money to the school district to use in a specific way. We realized we needed our own local foundation to distribute money to the children in need. In the fall of 2019 Bill Moore and myself completed the paperwork and formed a 501c3." They formed the Toledo Community Foundation and they have been doing great things ever since.
The Shindig is a semi-annual event, Cyndi continued, "Our semi-annual event is being held at Country N Lace in Toledo on September 9 starting at 4:00 p.m. It's a fun date night! Bonanza BBQ serves up a wonderful dinner, we have a live and silent auction. Everyone's favorite is the dessert auction." If you have never been to a dessert auction, they are fun. In the event, everyone from the table pools their money and gets a dessert, the desserts are usually mouthwatering.
For those who are new, Cyndi let us know what to expect, she continued, "Very relaxed atmosphere, come as you are night! Something for everyone! Few of the live auction items will include fishing trips, Seahawks tickets, custom made items, and overnight stays." Buy a nice trip and support students in need, that's a win win for everyone.
They raise a lot of funds but what exactly do they do with the funds they raise, Cyndi stated, "The funds we raise go directly back into our Toledo school district for kids in need. We started the school food pantry two years ago and we keep all four stocked with food. We were able to help many children have a Christmas present under the tree. Christmas and Thanksgiving meals are also given out. Graduation is expensive and many students need help with those expenses. We have purchased glasses, reeds for instruments, purchased new bedding for a girl who lost her bed in a fire and found her a bed as well. Given out scholarships for students in need to continue their education." They have been able to help a lot of kids with your help, have you bought your tickets yet?
Many of us are always concerned that a non-profit is spending the money wisely, Cyndi told us exactly what they do, she stated, "If you are a person who is concerned where your non-profit dollars go, the TCF volunteer board votes on individual requests making sure the money is being spent towards its intended purpose."
Not everyone can attend but still want to give, Cyndi stated, "If you cannot attend but want to help you can mail a check to P.O. Box 638 Toledo, WA. 98591 go on line www.toledowafoundation.org and choose the Paypal link."
This is a great community event, they provide fun entertainment and they also help the students that need it the most. We have already purchased our 4 tickets, won't you do the same and support the Toledo Community Foundation?