Helping Hands 2nd annual Leaders Inspiring Leaders Event

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Helping Hands 2nd annual Leaders Inspiring Leaders fundraising event is this Saturday, June 25th from 5:45PM — 9:00PM the Heritage Flight Museum 15053 Crosswind Dr Burlington (MAP), and we invite you to join us! 

Event will feature Robert Michael Gates, former american intelligence analyst who served as the 22nd United States Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011.

Last year this event was inspirational, and it helped raise $100,000 to support Helping Hands programs, and this year, with your help, we hope to raise even more. 

Helping Hands Mission & Vision

Mission: To nourish our community with kindness and respect without judgment.

Vision: Address the inequity of the food bank experience and ensure every citizen has access to high-quality food and resources to help them thrive. 

Who We Are

We are Skagit County’s largest direct food provider and require no prequalification to access our resources. In 2019, we distributed over 3 million pounds of food to over 161,000 individuals.

Helping Hands is open four days a week, including Friday evenings, allowing everyone the ability to participate and receive support. To access our most up-to-date distribution schedule, please visit our Distribution Page.

We are more than a food bank; we are a solution center. DSHS-trained staff help participants gain access to much-needed assistance, offer Job Skills Training by providing internships, and are active in grocery rescue six days a week, helping eliminate approximately 22 carbon footprints each month.

As a non-profit organization, we partner with local food providers and community organizations to provide the best services possible, making a positive difference for local families and our community. It is all possible because of our generous community support. MORE INFO HERE

Listed below are the ticket options to attend. We hope to see you there! 

VIP — $500

(56 available)

This unique VIP experience offers an exclusive opportunity to interact and engage with Former U.S. Secretary of Defense, Dr. Robert Gates, surrounded by vintage planes still in operation. Dr. Gates is offering an in-person Q&A about his experience in high-level leadership while you enjoy your delicious, locally provided meal. Also included in this opportunity are complimentary drinks, appetizers, and reserved seating during the main program.

General Admission — $100

(204 available)

This experience provides complimentary drinks and appetizers during cocktail hour surrounded by vintage planes still in operation. Also included in this experience is a full-access pass to the Heritage Flight Museum and General Admission seating during the main program.

Virtual — $40


If you cannot join us in person or prefer to attend virtually (we get it, P.J.s are comfortable), this virtual experience is for you! This opportunity includes a link to watch the event live from wherever you are.

Purchase Your Tickets Here!

You may also purchase tickets by calling (360) 856-2211, and if paying for tickets by check, please mail a check to:

P.O. Box 632

Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

You may also email to request tickets. 

Please consider a donation if you cannot attend but would still like to support Helping Hands!

LOCATIONS: Sedro-Woolley Helping Hands – Enter from 24703 Wicker Rd (gravel driveway). NOTE: Gates will not open early. Every fourth Wednesday of the month 11am-1pm Marblemount Inspire Church 59850 WA-20 Marblemount, WA 98267 Every second Wednesday of the month 11am-2pm Anacortes Anacortes Christian Church 1211 M Ave Anacortes, WA 98221 Every third Tuesday of the month 11am-2pm Hamilton Helping Hands of Hamilton 951 Pettit St Hamilton, WA 98255 Every first Tuesday of the month 1pm-4pm

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