<I>QUEEN ANNE HELPLINE:</I> A bidding affair

Going, going, gone....

Those words will be echoing through the Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Towers on Sunday, Sept. 25, as residents of Queen Anne and their families and friends attend the Festival of Food and Auction benefit for the Queen Anne Helpline.

This year's attendees will be able to sample such delicacies as savory little prawn cakes with wasabi sauce from Queen of the Kitchen; wild mushroom tarts from Cascadia restaurant; chicken wings from the 5 Spot and other appetizers from Metropolitan Market and Ponti's. Stimson Lane, Southcorp and Vincorp will be offering their stellar wines, along with beer from Redhook Brewery and beverages from Talking Rain.

Silent-auction items this year are sure to entice even the most devoted foodies away from the groaning board. Participants can bid on an array of gift baskets for every interest - martinis, tea and coffee, spa. There are toys for kids - for instance, the Little Red Rooster Radio Flyer donated by Ace Hardware on McGraw - and toys for adults, too, like the DVD/VCR combo donated by Video Isle. For those who like surprises, the always-popular mystery boxes are back: you bid on a box without knowing its contents. There's another game of chance, too - a wine raffle.

The event is always a friendly affair, and everyone enjoys the part of the evening where they can sit down with neighbors and friends in the Sheraton Ballroom and dine on a full-course meal before the Live Auction begins. This year's items are so enticing, the congenial atmosphere may change with some competitive bidding.

Thrill seekers will certainly be bidding on a tour of duty with the Seattle Canine Unit, a chance to go up in an acrobatic airplane or a tour with the Seattle Harbor Patrol. For those who prefer more tame entertainment, there's the seven-day Holland America Cruise; the yacht sailings or the trip to Mexico, among others. Attendees who are outbid or haven't found the perfect item are given the chance to make a donation to the Helpline directly during the Live Auction.

The Festival of Food and Auction is sure to be one of the highlights of the year for attendees, and it is unquestionably the highlight of the year for the Helpline. The majority of the Helpline operating budget is financed from the proceeds of the auction. Tickets are still available. If you'd like to attend or make a donation, please call 282-1540 for more information, or visit www.queenannehelpline.org[[In-content Ad]]