Gala of Hope

Published May 2, 2011 / by Steve Berentson

Among hundreds of donors dressed in the spirit of the “Kentucky Derby” theme at Saturday night’s Gala of Hope were (l. to r.) Craig Barto, Jerry Barto and his wife, Jan. Hundreds gathered for the eighth annual gala, Island Hospital Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The event was held at the Port of Anacortes Transit Shed Event Center. An estimated $175,000 was raised.

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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