Community Comes Together for Successful St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser

More than 120 people attended the community party hosted by the Griffin Neighborhood Association this last Friday at the Prosperity Grange. The community party was an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration and a fundraiser for the Steamboat Conservation Partnership. The Partnership was established between the Griffin Neighborhood Association and the Capitol Land Trust.

The goal of the Steamboat Conservation Partnership is to conserve land critical to the wildlife and natural beauty of this area. The event featured delicious local clams grown on Eld Inlet by Chelsea Farms, locally brewed keg beer from Fish Tale Ales and festive live music performed by local folk band Gaelica.

Alongside Steamboat peninsula residents were such Olympia notables as former Secretary of State Ralph Munro and Thurston County Commissioner Karen Valenzuela. Eric Erler, executive director of the Capitol Land Trust, spoke at the event as well, urging everyone to be visionaries who see the need to protect wild lands around us while we still can.

Watch the GNA web site for more information regarding the donation amount raised to benefit the Steamboat Conservation Partnership. As many of you may already know, our goal is to raise $15,000 a year for each of the first 5 years of the Partnership. Donations received at this event already appear to have put us over-the-top, for our first year’s goal. More details will be available soon.

Many thanks to all the volunteers from throughout the local community without whose help this event could not have happened. Thank you, Mary Skelton, Paul Meury, and GNA Board members Norm Johnson, Beau Altman, Peter Reid, and Steve Lundin. There were a lot of other folks, too, whose names are missing here, but who worked to ensure the event came off so very smoothly. Particular thanks to Denise Lynch and to GNA Board member Jim Lynch for planning the entire affair.

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