The 12th annual Palate of the Plateau benefit auction drew at least 300 people Saturday to Enumclaw High School where 18 area restaurants treated participants to a feast of everything from barbeque, to fresh tacos to exquisitely designed mini cupcakes and homemade pie.
In between food samplings, they perused the many silent auction items on display while mulling a bid or two for the 15 live auction offerings including a six-day trip on the Columbia River , a wild morel mushroom hunt and a Montana fly fishing trip.
Director Mike Iversen gave us the attendance estimate early on during the event and we haven't yet gotten a final head count but two things indicated to us that it was indeed a successful event: every table set up for diners was occupied and Sweet Necessities ran out of caramels!
Which should be an indication of the caliber of sweets from this local treasure as Sweet Necessities took the Best Dessert prize of the evening, according to Iversen. El Camino nabbed Best Decor and Mazatlan took Best Entree.
This fundraiser supports the Young Life ministry with a large segment of proceeds going to help pay for kids to attend Young Life Camp in the summer -- either at Malibu Camp in Canada or Washington Family Ranch in Oregon. (Click here for more information)
Rainier Hills Young Life is a non-denominational Christian outreach group that works with teens. The Rainier Hills Young Life group serves about 400 teens locally and regionally through the work and mentorship of about 40 adult volunteers. The group covers the Plateau area, including Black Diamond, Greenwater, parts of Bonney Lake and all middle and high schools in the Enumclaw and White River school districts.
According to this year's program, a new ministry began at and a program has been developed in the Tahoma School District as well.
Several events are coming up for Young Life, including:
- April 24: Golf Marathon at Lake Wilderness
- May 17-20: Men's Malibu Weekend
- June 27-July 3: Young Life Malibu Trip for EHS/WRHS/THS
- August 18-22: WyldLife Camp at WFR Creekside GMS, EMS and TMMS
- September 13-16: Women's Malibu Weekend
- October: Epic Adventure
If you are interested in participating in any of these events, you can contact Young Life at 360-825-6425 or firstname.lastname@example.org.