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Sophia Way fundraiser looks for auction items

Sophia Way fundraiser looks for auction items
The Sophia Way event benefits the only staffed shelter for homeless single women on the Eastside. Courtesy TSW.

With only six weeks to go before its second annual Culinary Journey, scheduled for Feb. 16 at the Harbor Club in Bellevue, The Sophia Way volunteers are scouring the Eastside for donations for the food extravaganza and fundraiser.

According to event chair Tami Gillman of Seattle, organizers are looking for dinner certificates for a variety of types of restaurants, specialty items for the culinary-themed baskets, silent auction items and, of course, cash.

"We are looking to double the number of people that our dozen top chefs can feed," said Gillman of the 230 or so expected at the event, which features three different tastings from three different chefs. "We are doing tastings this year because our chefs simply cannot prepare full dinners at the table as they did last year."

Gillman continued to explain that the Culinary Journey tastings will be accompanied by appropriate wine pairings at the $100 a plate event, "If specialty shops or individuals can donate special food items that are non-perishable or unique bottles of wine, we can fill our baskets to the brim and make them quite valuable."

The Sophia Way, located in downtown Bellevue, is the only staffed shelter for homeless, single women in East King County.