2019 AAUW Kitchen Tour Press Release
The Walla Walla Affiliate of the American Association of University Women (AAUW)
invites everyone to join us for our 17 th annual AAUW Kitchen Tour to take place from
12:00 -5:00 pm Sunday, October 6th.
Tickets for the fund-raiser are $20.00 each and are available at Earthlight Books, Bright’s Candies & Gifts, or at our kick-off site the Whitehouse-Crawford Restaurant at 55 West Cherry Street on the day of the tour. AAUW Walla Walla members will also have tickets available for purchase.
Participants will tour 8 remarkable remodeled or new kitchens including some older
homes which have been remodeled to reflect the historic character of the house while
creating efficient kitchens, as well as new homes with completely modern materials and
A must see kitchen this year is a new bed & breakfast that’s been creating buzz
throughout the valley. Tour- goers will get a peek behind the scenes of this beautiful
This year’s tour again features exciting raffle opportunities of goods and services
generously donated by community members and businesses. Raffle tickets are $5.00 each
and will be sold at selected kitchens on the tour.
The kick-off location is at the historic Whitehouse-Crawford Restaurant at 55 West
Cherry Street between 12 -2 pm. Present your ticket to receive your Tour Guide and map
for this self-guided tour. You may also purchase your tickets at the kick-off. Kitchens
will be open to visit until 5:00 pm.
The annual Kitchen Tour is one of two fundraisers for the Walla Walla affiliate with
proceeds from the tour going towards scholarships to local women continuing their
college educations, opportunities for college women to attend leadership conferences,
Tech Trek Science Camp scholarships and local community grants for educational
Thank You for Supporting the 16th Annual AAUW Kitchen Tour
Because the owners of eight homes opened their unique kitchens to more than 400 people in the community, our Walla Walla affiliate of the American Association of University Women raised approximately $14,000 during its 16th annual Kitchen Tour on Oct. 7, 2018.
Proceeds will help fund scholarships for local women and support education projects throughout the community, said Cecile Ervin, Kitchen Tour committee chairwoman.
The homeowners who shared details of design and construction in their kitchens with ticket holders are Kelly and JJ Menozzi, Alison Kirby and Dan Calzaretta, Brenda Bernards and Dan Smith, Kelly Watson and Dan Beebe, Robert and Lura Hafen, Dierdre and Ki Bealey and Craig and Charlotte Roberts.
Sponsors that supported the event included Bunch Finnigan Appliances of Kennewick and from Walla Walla, Gary’s Paint and Decorating and t.h.e. Interior.
“The beautiful, designs, craftsmanship and products of these businesses were well represented in many of the homes on the tour,” Cecile said.
Proceeds were also raised from four raffle opportunities made possible by donations from local businesses and individuals: an assortment of gift certificates from local retailers and restaurants, and a Wine Country Picnic-themed gift basket donated by Sue Gillespie. Raffle winners were Joyce Afward, Lisa Johnson, Barbara Suzui and Corinna Whitehurst.
Additional support for the benefit came in the form of ads placed in the full-color Kitchen Tour guide. The 2019 tour is slated for Oct. 6. If you are interested in volunteering your time, or your kitchen, please contact Judy Peasley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(originally published in the Walla Walla Union Bulletin 10/14/2018)