The Mercer Island Parks & Recreation Department announced it had raised $6,000 to help pay for family special event in 2013.
"Dessert Before Dinner!" event featured music by Island students and music teachers from both Musical Mind Studio (including Connie Wible, Brittany Kohl and harpist Leslie McMichael) and Mercer Island Music (including guitarist Scott Williams and composer/instructor Debby Boland Watt).
Dessert was provided by students from Newport High School's Culinary Arts Program, who were on hand to cut and serve the professionally made cakes and pastries.
Holiday shopping in the form of a silent auction was also available to raise money for the community events.
Money raised at the fundraiser will help pay for the city's annual "special events", such as Mercer Island Summer Celebration, the Holiday Tree Lighting and Firehouse Munch, and the Mercerdale Easter Egg Hunt. Funding for these events was cut in 2010 and remains unfunded by the city.