Port Orchard Party a chance to strut local pride
November 9, 2009 · 10:47 AM
The 20th Annual Port Orchard Party will take place next weekend, providing a chance for local residents to dress up, get down and show off--all while benefiting local services.
“This is a nice way to go out and have fun while seeing what the community has to offer,” said Al Mahaney, who is organizing the event. “You can sample food from local restaurants, and support the community at the same time.”
This year’s proceeds will be split between the South Kitsap Boys and Girls Club, South Kitsap Helpline Food Bank, and the Fathoms O'Fun Festival Association.
Last year’s party supported the same organizations, earning $4,000 each. Mahaney said this year’s slow economy could decrease the take, and ticket sales have been slow so far. Still, he remains optimistic.
“I think there is a chance that we could meet last year’s levels,” he said, “Every year there are a lot of people who buy tickets at the last minute.”
With this in mind, people who are having a tough economic time might not want to postpone ticket purchase, since they can save $5 by booking in advance.
Mahaney said he expects from 300 to 400 people to attend.
The party takes place from 7 p.m. to Midnight on November 14, with food served until 9 p.m. This will include a sampling of the best dishes from local restaurants, in an “all you can eat” format. A cash bar with beer, wine and champagne will also be on the premises.
For 20 years, the party has been one of the largest local fundraising events. The recipient list has remained consistent for a few years now, and represent three parts of Port Orchard culture: Youth programs, help for the less fortunate, and tourism.
Fathoms O'Fun, one of the area's premier summer events, has operated for 37 years. It includes the Port Orchard Grand Parade, the Carnival by the Bay and the annual July 4th fireworks spectacular. It is operated entirely by community volunteers.
The South Kitsap Helpline Food Bank has been a critical resource for South Kitsap community members in need. Helpline's food bank provides food to more than 2000 children, adults and senior citizens in Port Orchard each month. Money raised by the party for the food bank’s benefit will go directly to the purchase of food, according to Mahaney.
The South Kitsap Boys and Girls Club strives to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
For information and reservations go to www.portorchardparty.com or call (360) 710-3087.