Blue Mountain Bayou Party with a Purpose fundraiser to benefit YWCA programs

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WALLA WALLA -- YWCA's fifth annual fundraiser is less than two weeks away.

The Blue Mountain Bayou Party with a Purpose will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds Pavilion, 363 Orchard St.

For the third year in a row, the YWCA chose a Southern theme for the dinner, which raises funds to support the agency's annual cost of serving local women. Crawfish, crab, shrimp, corn and other Cajun food will be on the menu.

The dress code is casual and organizers say some of the volunteers will wear their finest Bayou attire, such as straw hats, overalls and other Cajun-themed outfits.

Part-time YWCA employee Anne Moore helped out by planning the event.

She said the agency aims to accommodate 120 guests, but the capacity is 160, which she said would be great to get that many people involved.

So far around 80 tickets have sold for $50 each.

Each year, the YWCA's goal is to raise around $18,000 and last year it succeeded, she said.

The ticket fee includes the buffet and a "seafood pour," which Moore likened to that served at The Crab Pot in Seattle.

During the event Gary Winston and the Real Deal will perform.

There will be a silent and small live auction, featuring mostly party packages that include dinners for two, golfing trips and wine.

All the proceeds from the event will go toward services offered by the YWCA to women who are or have been victims of domestic violence.

Women and their children can obtain shelter and counseling to remove them from dangerous situations and begin rebuilding their lives.

The YWCA also provides services to victims of sexual assault, a 24-hour hotline to support women through the process of medical examinations, notifying authorities and healing physically and emotionally after an assault.

The YWCA also has after-school and summer programs to help support children in the community.

For tickets or more information contact the YWCA at 509-525-2570.

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