Women Encouraging Hope Guild hosts Mardi Gras fundraiser supporting Rita's & Katherine's Houses of Auburn and Kent

Women Encouraging Hope Guild hosts its fourth annual Mardi Gras Celebration Fundraiser on Feb. 8 at Meridian Valley Country Club, 24830 136th Ave. SE, from 7- 11 p.m.

The celebration includes hors d'oeuvres and dessert, a no-host bar, cocktail hour music by the Kentlake Jazz Band, a short program highlighting the group's activities, followed a DJ to fill the dance floor.

Tickets are $75 per person. A portion of each ticket directly benefits the day-to-day operations of Rita's and Katherine's Houses,

and the general fund of the Women Encouraging Hope Guild.

"The event has been successfully growing each year, drawing more and more community support, and the fun evening gets rave reviews," said guild president Tracy Wilson.

The guild offers financial and in-kind support for the residents of Rita's and Katherine's Houses, transitional houses for single women in recovery. The houses are programs of Catholic Community Services that offer, structured, family style residences designed to assist women in returning to independent living as productive members of the community.

Community members are invited to attend the Mardi Gras event.

"The success of the event allows us to provide much needed support that often isn't included in traditional support services, as well as contribute directly to the operating budget of the house," Wilson said.

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and information and RSVP card can be found on Facebook membership is not required to access the information. Or for more information, contact event co-chair Jill Harle at

About WEH Guild:

The Women Encouraging Hope Guild was founded in March 2009. Its primary financial goal is to be able to offer assistance with specific needs such as housing deposits as women transition into permanent housing of their own, usually an apartment; welcome packs of personal items for new residents; a virtual clothing bank to help with work, school, job interviews; and 'move-out' donations of household goods when they transition into permanent housing. They also help with general operating funds, as budgets across the state and country are cut. In addition, they sponsor smaller projects and needs such as vegetable gardens, building recipe books, providing needed eyeglasses, etc, with the women throughout the year.

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