by Ralph Nichols 
Local groups and projects that receive financial support from the Exchange Club of Highline can look forward to a good year despite the lingering recession.
The Exchange Clubâ€™s annual spaghetti dinner and auction at St. Bernadetteâ€™s School on Jan. 30 â€œwas a huge success!â€ member Sherrill Miller of BTB Advertiser E.B. Foote Winery  told The B-Town Blog.
â€œAttendance was up over last year,â€ Miller said, with about 280 people attended the evening event. â€œPreliminary numbers indicate we made over $30,000â€ from the dinner with wine, a dessert auction, a raffle, and both silent and live auctions, which also â€œis more than last year!â€
Miller added, â€œWith our annual spaghetti dinner and auction, the funds generated are used to meet the ongoing needs of various community organizations.â€
All money raised goes right back into the community, and â€œwill be used to support more than 30 community organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, area food banks, WestSide Baby, Ruth Dykeman Center, local schools, backpacks and school supplies for kids, Crisis Clinic, and many more.â€
At their regular meeting on Feb. 3, Exchange Club members said they were pleased with the â€œfestive appearanceâ€ of the dining hall, adding that â€œthe food was fantasticâ€ and everyone â€œhad all they wanted to eat.â€ They reserved special praise for the students who waited on tables.
â€œDonations (for the auctions) in this down economy were up,â€ it was reported, and â€œpeople already are talking about donatingâ€ for next yearâ€™s event. The Exchange Club got 285 items for the silent auction and anothe4 38 for the live auction.
The Exchange Club is a national service organization.Â The Exchange Club of Highline was established in 1961 with the goal of bringing business and community leaders together to support the needs of the Highline community.
Members also volunteer their time to community projects such as working at the White Center Food Bank one Saturday each month.
More information on The Exchange Club of Highline is available at its website here .