Howdy friends! Don’t miss Down Home: A Toledo Shindig Benefiting Toledo School Children at Bonanza BBQ & Catering. This Windermere Foundation sponsored event benefits Toledo school children with basic needs. It will be held on Saturday, September 14 from 4:00 p.m. until the fun winds down.

“We are all coming together with one goal: to lift up the kids at Toledo School,” says Philbrook. Photo credit: Krysta Carper.

The Shindig is sponsored by the Windermere Foundation and hosted by Paula Burrows, Farmers Insurance Toledo and Bonanza BBQ and Catering. The Shindig committee is a small but ambitious group and they are creating a night everyone is sure to remember.

This special evening starts with a delicious all-you-can-eat dinner of mouth-watering smoked ribs layered with flavor, amazing smoked mac and cheese, baked beans, and cornbread provided by the Bonanza BBQ and Catering. Paula said, “I want to give a big thank you to Dan and Chris Gorton who contacted me and offered to provide a BBQ dinner if the Windermere Foundation wanted to put on a fundraiser for the Toledo school children.” The feast will be topped off with scrumptious salads and fruit provided by The Crowded Kitchen.

Paula Burrows of Windermere Centralia and Kim Satcher of Toledo Elementary with a donation from the Windermere Foundation. Photo courtesy: Windermere Centralia.

Community members and businesses are encouraged to buy tickets for this great cause. Funds raised will help purchase essential items for students in need, including glasses, shoes, clothing and fees to play a sport or extracurricular activity. Many students need food to get through the weekend.

Shindig funds can also purchase extra school items like project supplies, advanced calculators or a cap and gown. “Graduation is really expensive,” says Cyndi Philbrook. “There’s always a couple of kids each year who can’t afford it.”

This 21 and over event will have drinks for purchase by the group Small Acts of Kindness. After dinner and the auction, Tony Braanco* and Gubmint Cheese country band is providing their music for no charge to help raise money for the kids. Paula said, “I am so thankful for all who have stepped up to help with this event to benefit the Toledo school children.”

Adults will enjoy this event and they don’t need to worry about the kids. Drop them off with the Toledo High School cheerleaders for a fun-filled evening. This babysitting fundraiser benefits the cheerleaders and allows parents and grandparents to enjoy the adult festivities. Contact person is Jennifer Ball at 360-269-0620.

Laree Neeley, Bryan Critcher and Paula Burrows at Windermere’s back-to-school drive in 2018. Photo courtesy: Windermere Centralia.

The Windermere Foundation is dedicated to helping small communities like Toledo. The organization’s efforts are possible thanks to continued support from Windermere franchise owners, agents, staff, and the community. Nearly $2.5 million was raised in 2018, bringing the grand total to over $38 million raised since the Foundation’s inception in 1989. During the past year, nearly $1.9 million was donated to nonprofit organizations throughout the Western United States, providing much-needed services to low-income and homeless families. In 2018, the Windermere Foundation fulfilled 689 grant requests and served 507 nonprofit organizations.

“Whoever can participate in some way will help our community,” says Burrows. “I think every act of kindness helps a child to have a better time in school and a better future. It makes a difference.”

Be sure to bid on delicious baked goods at the Shindig’s dessert auction, and don’t miss the live and silent auctions. Items include a custom bathroom cabinet from FH Sullivan, kayak and life jacket from Toledo Tel, $500 gift certificate for catering by Bonanza BBQ, two loads of wood from Toledo Lions Club, Skydive Toledo tandem skydive, fencing by Reicherts Shake and Fencing, Bateaux Cellars gift basket, a Lucky Eagle Casino get away, and Seahawks tickets. More auction items are coming in weekly.

It’s not a true shindig without the music! Hear the country sounds of Tony Braanco and the Gubmint Cheese, who donated their time to play. Photo courtesy: Paula Burrows.

The Shindig is made possible by financial contributions from sponsors like Mary’s Corner Medical Clinic, Community First Auto, Country N Lace, Cowlitz Tribe, Cardinal Glass, Toledo Hardware, Paws & Stay Bark & Breakfast and Lewis County Title.

There is still time to be a sponsor, with three donation levels: Daisy Mae, Redneck Bandana, and Hee-Haw. All come with a VIP Pack including dinner and drink passes, your name on the “Wall of Awesomeness” at the event, media promotion on social networks, and honors in the event presentation. The fundraiser is also still in need of auction items and baskets.

Supporting youth in activities like 4-H and FFA, Dan and Christina Gorton of Bonanza BBQ understand the value of keeping kids busy. “That’s what keeps kids out of trouble,” says Christina.  Photo credit: Krysta Carper.

In addition to the Shindig, community members can contribute to Windermere Centralia’s back-to-school drive on August 22 to benefit schools in our county. The event will be located in the parking lot next to the Windermere Mansion in Centralia. Farmers Insurance Toledo is also gathering items for their 6th annual school supply drive for Toledo kids.

Tickets for the Down Home Toledo Shindig are $25 each. Pick up yours today at Windermere Centralia, Farmers Insurance Toledo, Bonanza BBQ, Baydos RV in Chehalis, or call Paula at 360-520-4810 or Cyndi at 360-864-4774 to arrange for delivery.

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