The annual FUSION Summer Arts Fundraiser, this year themed “Boots & Bling,” will take place from 4-9 p.m. on August 3 at the Dumas Bay Center, 3200 SW Dash Point Road.
FUSION is a non-profit organization that provides housing, support and services to families experiencing homelessness.
“FUSION owns 20 homes in Federal Way and northeast Tacoma. Families stay there for up to 18 months and then move on to other more permanent housing,” said Julie Siegler, Chair of FUSION’s Board of Directors.
Proceeds from this event will go to FUSION’s program to begin renovating two homes that were donated to FUSION by the Federal Way Multi-Service Center. These homes will eventually become FUSION’s 21st and 22nd temporary homes for families on their way to permanent homes.
This year’s fundraising gala, an “upscale country and western gathering,” will feature silent and live auctions, local artisan displays, a multi-course barbecue meal, a wine wheel game and live country and western music.
“It’s a really fun theme and I think people can’t wait to get out there and do something, so it should be a lot of fun,” Siegler said.
Auction items will include multiple trips, goods and experiences at different price ranges.
Several works of art from different mediums, including blown glass works, paintings and pottery, will be available for auction during the auction. Various gift baskets will also be auctioned, including a BBQ basket, Jump Start Espresso basket, Seahawks baskets, Mariners basket, and movie night baskets, among others.
Other items up for auction include a pizza oven kit, air fryer, essential oil diffuser, Café Pacific gift card, and more.
“Experience” packages include gift certificates for massages, tickets to the LeMay America Automotive Museum, the Museum of Flight and the Tacoma Museum of Art, an opportunity to take a ride with the department Federal Way police, tickets to sporting events, etc.
Several travel packages will also be available at auction. A few trips available are a two-night stay at the Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage at Browns Point, a one-week “Bali Fantasy Vacation” package, and a one-week African Safari for two.
After a more subdued version of the event in 2021, this year’s event promises to be a fun-filled evening in support of vulnerable members of the community.
This event is funded by corporate sponsors and individual donors. Local businesses provide services and goods at auction. Volunteers bring all of these elements together to provide “an exciting and fun evening for attendees.”
FUSION stands for “Friends united to shelter the destitute, oppressed and needy”. The organization was founded in 1993 by Peggy LaPorte and a group of local residents. Their goal was to help families experiencing homelessness transition into permanent housing, and they continue to do so through events like the Summer Arts Festival.
To sponsor or donate to this event, email [email protected]
To volunteer, email [email protected] or visit fusionfederalway.org/how-to-help and complete the volunteer registration form.