The Kamiah Education Foundation held their 2nd annual Dinner and Auction on Saturday evening, attended by 124 guests. “This is down 50 from last year’s event, it was a busy weekend of activities,” said Sharlene Johnson, executive director of the Upriver Youth Leadership Council in Kamiah. “We will be changing the event to Nov. 7 next year to avoid the last weekend of hunting season, which was the most cited reason for non-attendance this year.”
Attendees enjoyed a succulent meal catered by ‘A Taste of Art’ as well as some fun games, music, and pleasant conversation with friends and community members.
The winner of the Heads or Tails bead game was Patty Kries.
The winner of the “Travelled the Furthest” award travelled more than 12 hours round trip to attend this special event, as she did last year, and says she does so because it is such a worthy cause.
According to Johnson, the figures are not final yet but she says the event cleared approximately $30,000.
“We had about 200 items donated for the dessert auction, door prizes, silent auction and live auction, these were combined into 85 lots for the auction,” added Johnson.
“The evening was fantastic, and the crowd was generous. As an example, the Vander Esch autographed Dallas Cowboys helmet went for $2,700 and was a very popular item; and various delectable desserts went for as much as $200 each. The evening ended with all alumni singing a loud rendition of the Kamiah Kub Fight Song,” said Johnson.
“Once again the KEF outdid itself,” said Kamiah Superintendent Steve Higgins. “From the setting to the auction, the evening was a success! The outpouring of community and alumni support for the foundation’s goal is amazing!”