A few weeks ago, my interns and I had the honor of attending an auction hosted by Coyote Central, a non-profit organization in Seattle that serves the youth in the community. When we first entered, we were greeted with a beautiful display of cakes (yum!) that were due to be auctioned off. Flavors such as pineapple creme and tiramisu are just two of the appetizing labels that stood in front of the baked goods. It was hard to keep your eyes off and see what else the auction had to offer.
As volunteers, we were given exclusive details about how the event would go and what our individual jobs would be. My job was to try and persuade people to buy raffle tickets as they walked through the door. This job was one where smiles and puppy eyes seemed to do the trick and win over buyers As my team and I ran out of tickets and the night progressed, the conversations and people were flooding in. Looking around at other auction items, one that stood out to me was that Carol's own art space was being auctioned for a dinner for 12 and live music. Hosting an event in her art loft and allowing visitors to occupy her intimate setting, being her house, seemed very interesting.
As the auction began, it was great to sit back for a while and take a break from perfecting my sales pitch for raffle tickets. After the list of special thanks were said by the host, it was time for people to raise their cards high. That night, all I could hear was incessant numbers being called left and right, as many battled for a great selection of prizes. Money seemed to flow throughout the night as well as laughs and meaningful conversation about the importance of Coyote Central. Kids that participate in activities at Coyote Central created a performance about achievement and being able to do anything you put your mind to. To have this performance done at the hands of kids made everyone I saw in the audience have hope for the future. Faces gleamed with excitement. The students left us all with an important message that night: you can do anything you put your mind to. After this performance, the audience was shown a video that was a compilation of activities that take place at Coyote Central and also provided some narrative from a few of the kids and instructors. This video helped to sum up the whole event. It wasn't about the money. It wasn't about the raffle tickets. It wasn't about the cake. This event was about bettering the community and helping to make safe havens for children to explore and feel like themselves. This event was about creating a strong foundation so that Coyote Central can stay around for decades to come. This event was about uniting in such trying times and doing something to empower the city of Seattle. But it's always ok to mix some fun in there too!