Salmon bake luau now in its 44th year

By Zoe Jovanovich | Sep 18, 2013
Photo by: Paul Archilpley Kitty Jensen serves up a beautiful smile along with some corn- on-the-cob at the 42nd annual Boys & Girls Club Luau, a major fundraiser for the popular youth center.

A whopping 300 pounds of salmon will be grilled at this year’s Luau & Silent Auction.

The Taylor family is sponsoring the 44th annual Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club benefit from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Sept. 28 held at the club at 1134 2nd St.

The luau features a salmon dinner, live and silent auctions, dancing and a raffle drawing.

Served with the salmon will be steamed clams, garlic bread, corn on the cob, cole slaw, as well as Ivar’s clam chowder. Diamond Knot Brewery will provide beer and wine.

After the live and silent auctions, guests can enjoy a social and a dance with DJ music provided by Live Sound & Recording Co.

After 44 years, the Taylor family is hoping to turn the fundraiser over to a new generation, said Tim Taylor, luau organizer. The luau “regulars” would like to see younger families join in on the fun.

“We’re trying to encourage younger people to come and see what the Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club can do for their kids, and help the community grow,” he said.

The luau fundraiser didn’t always feature salmon. It was originally developed in 1980 as a pig roast.

“We had a person that worked for us that convinced my dad he should buy a pig,” Taylor said. “The pig got so big that they decided they were going to throw a party.”

However, the event didn’t go quite as planned.

“As it turns out, they were way better drinkers than they were cookers, and pig sushi isn’t very good,” Taylor said, with a laugh.

The family then went out and brought back fish for the event instead.

“It was a lot of fun, but then we figured that maybe we were better at cooking seafood than we were at cooking pigs,” Taylor said.

A few years later, the auction was added to the event, as a way to raise more funds.

The raffle prize this year is a cruise for two on Holland America. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20.

Items up for bid include a cabin stay in Shelton, Wash., a house stay in Chelan, a barbecue heat lamp and a $100 gift card to Savanna Meats, flowers for six months from Barbara’s Floral, a diamond ring and a carved paddle by an artist from the Salish Tribe.

Many items will make sports fans happy, including an autographed Russell Wilson jersey, an autographed Russell Wilson lithograph, and a 12-man jersey signed by Mike Holmgrem and radio personality Softy with KJR AM.

“It has grown to be awesome,” said Chuck Davis, director of the Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club. “This fundraiser is one of the largest Boys & Girls Club fundraisers in Snohomish County.”

All of the proceeds will go toward the Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club budget, including sports and after school programs. Last year, the event raised a total of $36,000. The funds keep membership costs affordable – $30 a year per kid.

Davis said that when the luau started in 1980, the fundraiser made about $3,000. In 44 years, it has raised an estimated $700,000 for programs benefitting local boys and girls.

“It’s [proof that the] community [is] invested in making sure kids have a safe place to go and play,” Taylor said.

Jim Brice will also be driving the Mukilteo Seniors van to pick up and drop off guests for the event. Call 425-923-8623 to make arrangements.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club (1134 2nd St.), Weller’s Café (8490 Mukilteo Speedway), Papa Murphy’s (12721 Mukilteo Speedway) and The Mukilteo Lodge (7928 Mukilteo Speedway).

Tickets will also be sold at the door – but Taylor recommends guests get tickets sooner than later.

Zoe Jovanovich is an intern for the Mukilteo Beacon.

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