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Painted Chair Contest for Second Harvest & Downtown Kennewick

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  Painted chairs are raising money for charity.  The Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership is helping raise money for Second Harvest

There are two ways to get involved: pick up a paintbrush and enter a chair into the contest before Wednesday, June 16, or bid on the chairs in an auction Saturday, June 19. 

All the money will go to Second Harvest's campaign for a new building or to expand its current one. Kathye Kilgore, Director of Second Harvest, says, "Just in the last 6 months, food banks have seen anywhere from a 25 to 40% increase.  You'll hear that we're (the Tri-Cities) insulated from the challenges of the economy.  We are in a sense that hunger isn't seen on the street like it is in bigger communities."  Because of that increased demand, Kilgore says Second Harvest needs to raise $2-million for an expansion of some sort.

Tim Dalton, with the Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership, explains, "This is a win-win for everybody because of what their mission is, what our mission is."

If you're feeling artistic, grab a chair (any type of chair: stool, rocking chair, recliner, etc.) and a paintbrush ASAP.  All chairs must be submitted to the HDKP via Visiting Angels at 15 North Cascade Street in downtown Kennewick before 5:00p.m. on Wednesday, June 16.

The main event is this Saturday (June 19) at the Flag Plaza in downtown Kennewick.  From 12:00 to 3:00, you can check out the chairs and vote for your favorite.  The winners will be announced and the auction begins at 3:00.  There will also be other arts and crafts and a wine garden.