Not a single one of our sponsors asked for their money back when we had to cancel this in-person event in March due to Covid-19 (see section: Challenges of Covid-19 below).
Thank you for your support!
Four days before the 16th Annual Poverty Wine Festival, for the safety of our community, we made the hard decision to cancel the annual event.
Postponing the event hurt our ability to help our community, as the festival raises ~$25,000 that goes to beneficiaries and good works of the Des Moines and Normandy Park Rotary Club and Destination Des Moines.
We realized during this great time of need, that we could not let that stop us from raising money to support our community.
Thus both our clubs came together to host a series of July events:
- Running of the Flags (July 4th)
- Waterland Artwalk and Scavenger Hunt (July 11th)
- Waterland Virtual Parade (July 28th)
We graciously thank the sponsors, volunteers and event attendees for helping us help our community.
$20,000 - Highline Schools Foundation — support to ensure they continue their great work
$14,000 - Des Moines Area Food Bank —program support for this very busy food bank. We volunteer monthly filling backpacks that go to low income students
$5000 - Back to School Fair—supported Highline Schools Foundations program to ensure that kids all have adequate school supplies, and access to needed social service programs
$5000 - Abundance Project—working with school social workers we supplied clothing and hygiene products along with food for the food pantry at MRHS
$3000 - Des Moines Park and Rec —provided scholarships so that costs are not a barrier to joining Park and Rec programs
$4000 - Highline Exchange Club —partnered with this local service organization to deliver food to healthcare workers at Highline Hospital along with supporting local police departments by donating gift bags
$2000 - Choose 180 Foundation — Choose 180 transforms the lives of youth and young adults by partnering with institutional leaders, connecting them with community, empowering them with choice, and teaching them the skills necessary to avoid engagement with the criminal legal system.
$1500 - Lighthouse Family Ministries - Their Mission is to break the cycle of domestic abuse one relationship at a time by providing housing and resources for families who have experienced domestic abuse and by activating the church and community to participate in prevention and intervention
$1500 - Coat Drive —besides donations we spent approx. $1500 to purchase high quality, warm coats to give to students at foure elementary schools
$1000 - Genesis Project —program support for youth that are trying to get out of the “sex trafficking life”
$1000 - Harvest Against Hunger —program support for this nationally recognized program that connects farmers, truckers, volunteers and food banks to reduce hunger and food waste.
$1000 - Seattle Taekwondo Foundation - program support/scholarships for women and children to teach self-defense skillsand combat bullying
$1000 - Highline Hospital Foundation – they are currently accepting gifts to provide vital assistance to patients impacted by COVID-19, to support their front line care givers during this unprecedented time, and any other crucial needs that may arise.
$1000 - Southwest Youth and Family Services – this organization is providing immediate relief efforts for youth and families across South King County
$1000 - Highline College – they have a COVID-19 fund to support students who may need emergency assistance during this time.
$1000 - Des Moines / Normandy Park restaurant gift cards, to be distributed by school social workers, helping local restaurants and those in need.
$500 - Safe Call Now is a crisis referral resource for public safety employees and their family members at the state, local and federal level.
Rotary Club of Des Moines/Normandy Park works locally and globally through community involvement, volunteer work and service. They present the Poverty Bay Wine Festival and Poverty Bay Blues and Brews events each year.
Destination Des Moines is a non-profit 501(c)6 organization focused on the promotion and marketing of the City of Des Moines through activities that continue in the vitality of the Waterland Community. Their mission is to help develop awareness of the City of Des Moines as a great place to hold community events, to open and operate a business and assist other organizations in promoting and marketing events.
Destination Des Moines presents community events such as Fireworks Over Des Moines, Waterland Festival and Parade, Waterland Wine and Art Walk and Trick or Treat Path.