Something for everyone at 16th Annual Raise the Roof Auction

Hillary Pritchard and Fred Sheppard show off a donated basket of family fun goodies, ready for the auction. Photo by Marcie Miller.

Two weeks before the annual fundraising auction, the conference room at Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County is overflowing with donations.

A framed Maxfield Parrish print leans against a Jodi Bergsma print. Blue “Grab-a-Bag” sacks from WECU festoon a coatrack. And a Victorian dollhouse shares a table with a basketful of goodies donated by a local business.

It’s a very busy time for Resource Development Manager, Fred Sheppard, staff and volunteers.

“This is the biggest fundraiser we have of this nature,” Fred said.

The Annual Raise the Roof Auction takes place Saturday, April 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at NorthWood Hall, 3240 Northwest Ave. in Bellingham.

Fred said the goal of the auction is to raise $50,000 for HFHWC, which will go toward building at least three single-family homes this year and breaking ground on the 52-unit Telegraph Townhouses project. Last year’s auction met that goal, helping to fund the building of two single-family homes. It’s appropriate that the theme of this year’s auction is “Creating Pathways,” as in pathways to homeownership.


Two hundred items in total have been donated from both businesses and individuals. Ten large ticket items will be up for bid in a live auction, while the rest will be displayed in a silent auction format. Items include meals, artwork, collectibles, sports equipment and memorabilia, wines, home and garden items, toys, jewelry and more.

Serving as auctioneers for the event will be local businessmen Mike Kent and Chet Kenoyer, who have proved their auctioneering chops at previous events.

Event-goers will have the chance to raise their paddles for items such as ten 10 oz. bars of silver (each valued at $172 at the time of donation), a salmon fishing trip in the San Juans with Keith Johnson ($350 value), a week-long holiday at Kala Point courtesy of Ken Trupp ($650 value) or a stunning pair of diamond and sapphire earrings from Borthwick Jewelry, Inc. in Ferndale (a whopping $1,400 value).

In addition to the exciting auction items, the evening includes a catered dinner (prime rib!), live entertainment with local acoustic musician Thomas Sandblom, several fun games and a “treasure chest,” Fred said.

View from Kala Point, a wooded community on Port Townsend Bay. Photo from

Tickets still available

Individual tickets are $45 and include two drinks (beer or wine), appetizers and dinner, as well as the entertainment and auctions. Why not make it a party? Full tables, with seating for 8, are available for $360.

To purchase tickets click here.

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