A Taste of Edmonds supports local youth programs

Annual event is Aug. 11-13
By Kelsey Foster | Aug 09, 2017
Photo by: Brian Soergel

A Taste of Edmonds takes place over the course of just three days each August (Aug. 11-13 this year), 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 $6,600. This money supports the club’s mission to provide youth between the ages of 5 and 18 a variety of activities in a safe, positive and fun environment.

This donation arrangement started in part due to the Boys & Girls Club’s need to relocate for about one 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.

According to the Brandie Lovelace of the Edmonds Boys & Girls Club, it uses the money in variety of ways to support programs:

• Over 1,500 Edmonds youth take part in the free sports programs the club offers, including cross-country, lacrosse, rugby, soccer and track and field.

• The club offers 12-hour-per-day childcare during the summer for $180 per week. In addition, families that qualify can receive scholarships of 25 percent and 50 percent.

• Teens in grades 8-12 can take part in the Counselors in Training (CIT) program each summer for $75, plus the $30 yearly membership. The CITs assist counselors in a variety of activities and gain leadership experience. They also help with the setup of A Taste of Edmonds each year, learning.

• Edmonds Boys & Girls Club also has a summer drop-in program for kids ages 5-18. For a $30 yearly membership fee, kids can take part in activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

• Before- and afterschool care is offered at the main location as well as at three offsite locations.

“As someone who grew up in Edmonds, I love the Taste,” Lovelace 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’s information booth.



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