On Saturday evening a large group of people crammed into the Commercial Building at the Grant County Fairgrounds. With over 100 tables and upwards of 500 people in attendance the 11th annual Moses Lake Christian Academy (MLCA) Crab & Prime Rib Feed was one of the best attended fundraisers in the area so far in 2019. The overarching goal behind the dinner was to raise much-needed funds to construct a gym on the MLCA campus.
The project comes with a $1.5 million price tag, around $500,000 of which was already raised heading into Saturday evening’s festivities. The crab feed was an all-out spectacular affair, with hundreds of thousands of dollars raised to support MLCA sports for years to come. Some of the live auction items went for around $2,000, but others, like tickets to a Gonzaga men’s basketball game in the 2019-20 season, fetched over $10,000.
Perhaps the most spectacular takeaway from the dinner is that it wasn’t simply a blip on the radar. Events like this happen regularly in the Columbia Basin. Events at which community members pledge their own hard-earned money for a community endeavor that means something to them. A lot of organizations in these parts rely heavily on the funds raised through the events and would be hurting if it was not for the generosity of the public.
Events like the Columbia Basin Allied Arts soiree, the annual Boys and Girls Club Auction, Cellarbration, which raises money for the Big Bend Community College Foundation’s scholarship program, Crossroads Pregnancy Center’s annual fundraiser banquet, Grant County Animal Outreach’s “Spayghetti” dinner, the annual Country Sweethearts Ball, which raises money for the Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation, and countless others regularly bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars and are vital to the organizations that hold them year in and year out. We can’t forget about all of those 4-H and FFA kids who are constantly raising support so they can enjoy the activities they love. Of course we have to mention events like the annual Cowboy Breakfast in Moses Lake, which is organized by the Moses Lake Kiwanis and raises funds for that organization.
The beauty of these sort of events is that you don’t need to attend one to support the organization. You are free to give to whomever you choose, and in this area there is certainly a lot to choose from. The beauty of giving is that it doesn’t need to come in the form of a monetary donation. Time can be given. Volunteer support can be given. Words of affirmation can be given. A simple “like” or “follow” on your favorite social media platform can boost moral and get the word out about the organization you support. Sir Winston Churchill is a treasure trove of quotes, but perhaps none is more poignant than when he remarked, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Let’s not forget, however, that giving, in whatever form, does not only impact the receiver. The giver can be, and oftentimes is, affected just as much.
— Editorial board