A Taste of Edmonds Supports Local Youth Programs

By Kelsey Foster

As written previously, A Taste of Edmonds takes place over the course of just three days each August, yet the impact of the annual festival has a much broader reach that many don’t realize.

Each August, tips collected at the beer and wine gardens are donated to the Edmonds Boys & Girls Club. The highest amount ever collected was $6600. This money supports the Boys & Girls Club in their mission to provide youth between the ages of 5 and 18 a safe, positive, and fun environment with a variety of activities.

This donation arrangement started in part due to the Boys & Girls Club needing to relocate for about week each year during the setup and duration of the festival. It’s a small way of thanking the organization for the minor inconvenience of temporarily moving its programs to an offsite location every summer.

I spoke with Brandie Lovelace, Unit Director of Edmonds Boys & Girls Club, to learn more how this yearly donation from A Taste of Edmonds supports their programs.

“As someone who grew up in Edmonds, I love the Taste,” she said. “And because of the donations we receive each year, we are able to keep our costs low and offer scholarships.”

Tip jars are located in the beer and wine gardens and also at the Chamber information booth. When you visit A Taste of Edmonds this year you can feel good that your tips are supporting local families and their kids!

Registration is now open for before and after school care for the 2017-2018 school year. To sign up, please visit http://bgcsc.org/snohomish-clubs/edmonds-club/.

A Taste of Edmonds takes place August 11-13, 2017 at the Civic Center Playfield. Daily entry fee is $5, 12 & under are FREE. A FREE shuttle runs every 15 minutes from Edmonds Woodway High School. For more information, visit www.TasteEdmonds.com.

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