Spring Faire

Mother’s Day Spring Faire will benefit Voices for Children Foundation

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“On Mother’s Day, you can experience a memorable outing, treat mom to lunch or refreshments, and find her the perfect gift, all while supporting a great cause,” says Anna Martinez, president and co-founder of Voices for Children Foundation, a local organization dedicated to improving the lives of foster children in the Yakima Valley.   “We are excited to be partnering with Cascade Garden and Mother’s Day Spring Faire to raise awareness and funds to benefit the region’s foster kids.”

Spring Faire is a unique community gathering (open to the public), featuring local artisans with their hand-crafted items, gourmet lunch offerings, espresso and other light fare, wine tasting, beautiful hanging flower baskets for sale, and hourly silent auctions.  Entertainment includes live music and dance performances, as well as glassblowing and other demonstrations.  And there will be a free flower for every mom!  Admission is by donation to Voices for Children Foundation, and proceeds will go directly to this charity. www.voicesforchildrenyakima.org   Mother’s Day Spring Faire is on Sunday, May 11, 2014, from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at Cascade Garden, 5704 W Washington Ave, Yakima.  Open to the public.  Rain or shine.

Some folks may remember Mother’s Day celebrations many years ago when Cascade Garden was a nursery.   Cascade Garden, now exclusively an event center, has built upon this long-standing tradition by creating and presenting its annual Mother’s Day Spring Faire as a festive spring gathering to benefit a worthy cause.  Voices for Children Foundation of Yakima certainly fits that bill.  “We created our annual Spring Faire not only as a celebration of Mother’s Day, but more, importantly, as a vehicle to benefit an organization that supports local kids in important ways,” says Eileen Weresch, owner of Cascade Garden.

Voices for Children Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of foster kids, including abused and neglected children in the dependency system.  Although Voices for Children provides many services and support to foster kids, their signature initiative is the Buddy Bag Project.

Through no fault of their own, children in the dependency system are often moved from home with nothing but a sack stuffed with any belongings they are permitted to take. Imagine being placed in a stranger’s home late at night without anything of your own, nothing familiar. The Buddy Bag Project distributes duffels and backpacks filled with age appropriate personal and comfort items, such as baby care necessities, toys, handmade blankets, books, diapers, undergarments, alarm clocks, and school supplies to help give a child a sense of belonging and respect at such a helpless time in their life.

The Wishes and Needs Fund supports things such as musical instruments, sporting equipment, swimming lessons, driver’s education and summer camp for foster kids. The Technology Fund supports the need for advanced calculators, refurbished computers and materials for science fairs.   The Kid’s Closet initiative matches children with sponsoring donors who fund and accompany them on a shopping trip to allow the children to pick out their own new clothes, shoes, or athletic apparel. The result is a child whose need has been met and who has been allowed to have a say, and a donor with an incredibly rewarding experience and the knowledge that they have made a difference in the life of a child.

Mother’s Day Spring Faire, Sunday, May 11, 2014, 11am-4pm at Cascade Garden, 5704 W Washington Ave, Yakima, WA 98903.  Open to the public.  Rain or shine.  Indoor and covered accommodations will be used, if necessary.

Anna Martinez, President and Co-founder
Lisa Wallace, Secretary and Co-founder

Eileen Weresch, Cascade Garden