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PO Partygoers cut a rug, raise a glass for the cause

With an exciting football game going on at the same time that would determine whether the South Kitsap Wolves would go on to the state playoffs, it’s not surprising that there were a few less people than usual at the Port Orchard Party this year.

But organizers said a good time was still had by all who came.

“It was a wonderful time, though our crowds were down a little,” said Jessie Turner, one of the organizers of the 18th annual bash held at Towne Square Port Orchard.

Tuner said she did not have the final numbers yet, but said “we certainly made a profit for the three beneficiaries.”

The party, which features plenty of local music and food, raises funds each year for the city’s Fathoms O’Fun Festival and South Kitsap Helpline. A new beneficiary this year was the Port Orchard/South Kitsap Branch of the Boys and Girls Club.

Along with helping the beneficiaries, attendees also got to enjoy as much food as they wanted from “20 of the greatest restaurants in South Kitsap,” which included: Amy’s on the Bay, Bay Leaf Bistro, Clubhouse Grill, Cosmo’s Deli, Gino’s Steak, Seafood and Pasta; Moon Dog’s II, Purple Fig Catering, and Trophy Lake Dryfly Cafe.

The food is not only eaten but judged, Turner said, explaining that culinary arts instructors from Olympic College were on hand to taste the offerings.

“First place went to Amy’s on the Bay, second was Cosmo’s Deli, and third was Trophy Lake,” she said, adding that the “numbers were extremely close.”

The award for “best new restaurant” was given to Gino’s, she said.

Music was provided by the live dance band Soul Siren, along with the Mike Nelson Trio, and steel drum musician Ken Wooten from Trinidad.

Over the past 17 years of the event, Turner said more than $200,000 has been raised and contributed to the beneficiaries.

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