Edmonds Rotary suspends Waterfront Festival

Other options will be considered
Sep 26, 2018

The Rotary Club of Edmonds, which puts on the annual Edmonds Waterfront Festival by the marina, is suspending the money-losing event in 2019. Now the club is uncertain about whether it wants it to continue.

“We have taken this step after carefully evaluating and analyzing the return-on-investment in its current format,” Edmonds Rotary President David Kaufer said.

Kaufer said there were a number of deadlines approaching that needed to be addressed – read: sponsors – for the 2019 Waterfront Festival to go on as planned.

“This is a difficult decision, after running the Waterfront Festival the past 31 years,” Kaufer said.

“So we agreed to look at the event in its current format and structure and determine if we can, or want to, bring it back in 2020 in a more viable format, or if it should be scrapped completely in favor of other more successful fundraising efforts within the community – which may begin with a trial event or events in 2019.”

Kaufer said the Rotary Club is actively in the process of exploring options with the Rotary Club of Edmonds/Daybreakers – including potential new events – to continue its long history of supporting the Edmonds community.

“The Port of Edmonds would like to thank the Rotary Club of Edmonds for 31 great years of organizing and promoting the annual Waterfront Festival,” said Port of Edmonds CEO Bob McChesney.

“We are discouraged to learn about its cancellation, but we understand the reasoning behind their decision. The Port commissioners and staff recognize the valuable contribution made by the many volunteers from the Noon Rotary Club and other participants for the benefit of the Edmonds community. We wish them well and all the best.”

The Edmonds Waterfront Festival has been a major Rotary Club fundraiser, with proceeds supporting Rotary programs and services.

Among programs that benefit are college scholarships for local youth, support for YWCA transitional housing for women and their children, YMCA Partners with Youth, Boy Scouts, literacy, housing and international water projects.

“We thank the community for its amazing support,” Kaufer said, “and are excited about the next chapter in our club’s history.”



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