Red Kettle kickoff

Published November 22, 2003 / by Steve Berentson

Young Salvation Army supporters gathered around the giant red kettle Saturday afternoon in Anacortes as the community service organization kicked off its annual Christmas fund-raising campaign. The event, held at the Food Pavilion, featured a live band and Mayor Dean Maxwell officiating over the ceremony. Among those pictured here are Sarah Paugh, Kami Manley and Andrew Paugh. Really getting into the kettle was Brandon Broome, son of Chamber of Commerce Director and Salvation Army Advisory Board member Michael Broome. Look for Salvation Army bell-ringers on your favorite street corner between now and Christmas … and give generously!

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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