Feel-good fall fundraisers

Help raise the roof for longtime islander, then cast your votes in VoV’s lip-synch battle

  • Wednesday, October 6, 2021 4:14pm
  • Opinion


Longtime islander needs a new roof

Shirley Burton can still be seen riding her bicycle to town for groceries, even though she just had her 85th birthday in June.

A third-generation islander with generations beyond, she herself never had any children. She graduated from Vashon High School in 1955, then worked as a courier for Western Union delivering telegrams in Seattle. She also worked on the island at both K2 and Wax Orchards. She lives in the log cabin that her mother built in the 1960s, where she tends her garden and raises goats — something she has done since she was a kid.

Vashon Island Community Church and neighbors have started a GoFundMe page for her in an effort to assist her in paying for a new roof. We have already raised a quarter of the needed funds and would like to open it up to the community to lend a helping hand to one of our own. Anything brought in above the necessary amount will be donated to the Vashon Food Bank. We thank you in advance for your participation. Visit gofundme.me/0529b631.

Vashon Island Community Church


Lip-synch battle is fun, for a good cause

Like you, VoV is adapting. But unlike last year’s canceled-by-COVID in-person event, our island’s annual, over-the-top-musical-comedy-cosplay fundraiser is currently streaming on voiceofvashon.org and will conclude in a live-streamed Battle finale at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14.

Our island is lucky to have more than our fair share of talent; musically, artistically, and technically. And “Voice of Vashon’s Lip-Sync Battle Birthday Bash” is one-way VoV can showcase some of our best. Besides, your homegrown island radio station, 101.9 KVSH-LP, is turning 7 and we all need a party!

Between now and Oct. 14, we are inviting you to watch artistically produced lip-sync videos at voiceofvashon.org and vote for your favorites. Those with the most votes will go on to the live-streamed finale, on Oct. 14, hosted by the famously off-the-hook Steffon Moody.

The contestants need your vote, and so does Voice of Vashon. For every dollar you pledge (this is a fundraiser, after all!) you can cast a vote. (You can vote for more than one video and also more than once.)

Please make your pledge of $1 per vote at voiceofvashon.org. Then watch on Oct. 14 as the top performers battle it out live. You are guaranteed to be entertained!

Many thanks to our event sponsor, Vashon Pharmacy, as well as to our contestant sponsors, O Sole Mio, Palouse Winery, Pandora’s Box, Nashi Orchards, Zuzko Jewelry, and IGA.

Kate Dowling, Executive Director of Voice of Vashon

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