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Fishline marks 40th with wine, auction

POULSBO — Four decades after opening in the corner of the St. Charles Church fellowship hall, North Kitsap Fishline is still pursuing its mission of serving others — an aim the organization first set bearings for in 1967.

With the help of a dedicated crew of volunteers and continual community support, Fishline now serves more than 7,000 North Kitsap residents and families every month, and is setting sail to celebrate the accomplishment.

The Nov. 17 “Feeding Folks for 40 Years” wine-tasting and live and silent auction fundraising event will boast a bounty of tasty hors d’oeuvres and a smattering of items up for bid, the largest of which is an African photo safari. The event is also set to include local celebrity wine pourers, including Poulsbo Mayor Kathryn Quade, Central Market store director and Poulsbo Historical Society vice president Tom Hall and Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce board president and North Kitsap Herald Publisher Donna Etchey.

Items available for bidding will run “clear across the board,” said Fishline board member Kathy Fitch. “We have things that people have donated to Fishline. We’ve gotten items from different stores in Poulsbo and in other communities.”

Local artists have contributed to the array, as well as merchants from Suquamish and Indianola.

“We did this last year for the first time and it was just so much fun we decided to do it again,” she said. “It was a real emergency last year. The bank behind the food bank building was falling down and we needed to get that repaired.”

The fundraiser proved a worthy tactic, as it brought in a much-needed $9,000. This year, money raised will go toward extra services for Fishline customers including help with power bills, which Fitch said many requests come in for, especially during winter months.

“People call in desperate situations,” she said. “Hopefully we can raise as much money again.”

Board member Mitzie Goodrich said the community has been known to go above and beyond in its support for the food bank.

“You just mention Fishline to them and they just open up their hearts,” she said.

She added the volunteers of Fishline, too, have been instrumental in keeping the institution afloat.

“They are the heart of our business here,” she said. “This place started in a church and they just have evolved from there. The people down here that work here, they’re so dedicated to serving the clients... I have never met people that are so dedicated to helping other people.”

Client Services Coordinator Rae Miles said Fishline’s longtime service in the North Kitsap community is one she and board members take pride in.

“We’re really proud that we’ve been able to support our community and help neighbors in need for that length of time,” she said. “The community support is just overwhelming. People here are just so generous and so kind.”

Live music and Fishline insignia wine glasses are also planned for the event, which will run from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Sons of Norway at 18891 Front Street in Poulsbo.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Fishline, Central Market, Marina Market and at the door. Debit and credit cards will be accepted.

For more information call (360) 779-5190 or visit www.northkitsapfishline.com.

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