Plateau still in giving mood

'Relief to Rebuild' dinner and concert is Sunday at Summit

Emphasizing the positive steps taken in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Enumclaw will be home to a "Relief to Rebuild" concert Sunday.

The benefit for hurricane survivors will feature food and plenty of entertainment. It is scheduled to run from 3 to 8 p.m. at The Summit, 920 Roosevelt Ave.

The event includes a silent auction from 3 to 6 p.m., a pasta dinner beginning at 4 p.m.and entertainment from 6 to 8 p.m. Free childcare will be offered, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The project was instigated by Enumclaw resident Celia Bender, who figured she could do more than "sit there watching TV, wringing my hands and thinking, 'what can I do?'" A phone call to a friend was all it took, and the fund-raising event was off and running.

Playing a big role in the benefit concert is assistance from local Cub Scout Pack 500 and Bender's connection with the Puget Sound arts scene. Her ties to musical theater landed some of the Seattle-area's up-and-coming performers, who have donated their time to perform during Sunday's Summit show.

At center stage will be pianist Andrew T. Miller, who will perform with vocalists John Cooper, Maria Valenzuela, Roy Wilson, Gabriel Maricich and Cara Rudd. Also on the program are classical guitarist Leon Christian and fiddler Philip Wilkinson. Comedienne Nancy Parkhurst will serve as mistress of ceremonies.

Bender said the community response "has just been teriffic." She said the printing of the program and tickets has been donated, as has the food. The Summit is donating its facilities and performers are showing up for free. "Any cost associated with the event has been covered by donations," Bender said.

Tickets are sale for the event. Prices are $20 for the dinner and show or $10 for just the show. Tickets can be purchased at the Plateau Outreach Ministries office at 1749 Cole St. in Enumclaw; tickets are also available by phoning 360-802-5256 or e-mailing

The American Red Cross will receive 100 percent of the money raised by the event.

The Enumclaw Area Chamber of Commerce and Enumclaw Rotary Club are assisting with a "Rock for the Gulf" benefit concert Saturday at the White River Amphitheatre.

Gates will open at noon for the five-band, five-hour show, with music beginning at 1 p.m.

Proceeds from the concert - sponsored by the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Destination Harley Davidson and radio station KZOK, along with the Enumclaw groups - will go to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts through the American Red Cross.

In addition to helping underwrite the event, the Muckleshoot Tribe will contribute $50,000 to Red Cross and $30,000 to the National Congress of American Indians relief fund to help those Indian tribes that were impacted by the catastrophic hurricane.

The benefit concert will be preceded by a motorcycle ride starting at local Harley Dealerships with the final destination at the White River Amphitheatre. Ticket prices are $20 for the ride, concert and commemorative T-shirt. General admission tickets are $10. Tickets are available at the amphitheatre ticket office, any Puget Sound Harley Davidson Dealership, Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce or a local Rotary organization.

The event will be emceed by Spike O'Neal and will feature: Black Dog, a Bad Company tribute band; Stokker, featuring Corey Wild; No Quarter, a Led Zeppelin tribute band; La Grange, a ZZ Top tribute band; and Whiskey Creek, a Lynard Skynard tribute band.

Enumclaw's Moc Klinkam, an unabashed animal lover, felt she had to to something to help the thousands of pets displaced by the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

So, on Sept. 2, she launched, a clearinghouse devoted solely to animal rescue. With her Web site, Klinkam is offering a single online destination for Katrina survivors who might be searching for a lost pet; or, the site can serve to locate foster homes for pets while their owners attempt to rebuild their lives.

There is no charge for individuals or businesses to post an "assistance needed" or "assistance offered" message on

Klinkam operates NorthWest K9 Dog Training in Enumclaw.

In the wake of the Katrina disaster, everyone wants to do their part. Brian McKelvy wants to do his part, too, so on Saturday, his "Characters with Concepts" poster sets will be available in front of the Safeway store. For every set sold, $3 will go toward the Katrina relief fund.

McKelvy developed "Characters with Concepts" to help kids learn positive attitudes and change negative behavior into positive. He uses characters like "I. Can Man" or "Shirley I. Can" to combat character behaviors like "Self Pity Kitty" or "Ben Quittin'."

"Sharon A. Lott" teaches children that in situations like Hurricane Katrina they can help by sharing their toys or money with children in need.

The set includes two full color posters. One shows the different pictures and names of the characters, while the second contains an "oath" to maintain a positive attitude and to help others have a positive attitude, too.

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