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Helpline fundraiser is a ‘Cabaret’

If you have a big purple boa in the back of your closet collecting dust, Saturday would be the night to pull it out and wear it in public for a change.

That’s because this weekend South Kitsap Helpline is hosting its annual “Vintage to Vogue” fundraiser with the musical “Cabaret” as the evening’s theme.

“It will be really fun — and what better way to have fun than for a good cause,” said Jennifer Hardison, the non-profit’s executive director, explaining that not only will performers from the Western Washington Center of the Arts’ recent staging of “Cabaret” be entertaining attendees, but a group called the Thryce Wycked Wenches will also be on-hand. “I might even be doing some dancing as well,” Hardison joked.

For those who would like to dress up but do not have even one boa at home, Hardison said there will be a “Cabaret” closet full of items for attendees to don for the evening. New for the event this year is a professional photographer, which Hardison said will taking pictures of attendees that they can purchase for mementos.

Along with the entertainment, Hardison said the evening will include a sit-down meal catered by the Purple Fig, and since beer, wine and cocktails will be served, attendees must be 21 or older.

Several auctions — three of them silent — will be held throughout the evening, including one featuring local desserts.

“We will have pink champagne cakes from McGavin’s Bakery, and (South Kitsap School District) Superintendent Bev Cheney’s famous carrot cake,” Hardison said, explaining that all the proceeds from the auctions will benefit the Helpline, which serves more than 2,600 low-income adults and children every month.

Other than desserts, Hardison said organizations throughout Puget Sound donated items and packages for the fundraiser, including tickets to museums in Seattle and Tacoma, Seattle Mariners and Huskies games, and even a wine tasting at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery.

Those wanting to stay in town can bid on items such as a lunch with Sheriff Steve Boyer or a ridealong with Port Orchard Police Chief Al Townsend.

“We will also have every kind of basket you can imagine,” she said. “Baskets for each holiday, and a martini basket.”

Tickets are $40, and can be purchased at 1351 Bay Street or by calling 876-4089.

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