Local philanthropists of all means will have the opportunity to participate in an annual dinner fundraiser and live auction next month that benefits the Queen Anne Helpline.

Taste of Queen Anne takes place 6:30-10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, at St. Anne Church, Banchero Hall, 101 W. Lee St.

“It is going to be an elegant evening with live jazz, wine and beer, raffle, live auction and more,” said Queen Anne Helpline executive director Cara Lauer. “It is an easy, walkable date and social gathering.”

Around a dozen restaurants will feature signature dishes for attendees to feast upon.

“One of the important parts of the live auction are the most amazing food items brought from our neighbors who are passionate about helping individuals who are experiencing short-term financial difficulties,” Lauer said.

Some of the live auction items include a four-night retreat in a Sonoma vacation home, a Holland-America Cruise trip, and private dinner for eight at Eden Hill restaurant in Queen Anne.

She said Queen Anne Helpline only puts on two fundraisers a year so it can focus most of its time and efforts on actually aiding those in need.

“One of the main roles that we fill is, when people face a crisis and they do not have a well-resourced loved one or friend they can turn to, then we are a place where people can seek help,” Lauer said.

Queen Anne Helpline is there to help those who cannot absorb an emergency cost or bill that could sap funds and push them into homelessness through financial assistance.

The organization helps with move-in costs, rent and utility payments for those in the 98109, 98119 and 98199 zip codes, as well as by providing services geared toward all in need, including a clothing and linen bank, emergency prepackaged food bags, personal hygiene products, Metro bus tickets, Washington state ID vouchers and targeted referrals.

Queen Anne Helpline is currently seeking volunteers to help put on the fundraiser.

“Helpline has a staff of three,” Lauer said. “We have always been and continue to be dependent on volunteers.”

Volunteers can sign up at qah.ejoinme.org/volunteers.

“This is also a call, not only for volunteers, but for table captains,” Lauer said. “That’s how we fill the room — people inviting their book groups or friends. Sometimes people are so energized that they buy the whole table up front.”

Not all table captains will need to pay for all the seats up front. Table captains simply agree to enlist the people needed to fill the seats they sign up for. Additionally, those interested have the option of becoming a co-captain, a role that would require the individual to be responsible for filling just four of the seats. The co-captain would need to tap another co-captain to fill the other four.

Table pricing ranges from $125 per person to $1,000 for a table of eight.

Those interested in becoming table captains can inquire with Queen Anne Helpline at 206-282-1540.

“Last year, we raised over $178,000 for the Queen Anne Helpline, and table captains were instrumental in helping secure those much-needed funds,” Lauer writes in an email to the Queen Anne & Magnolia News. “With your support, we can exceed this goal and make an even greater impact for neighbors in need this year.”

More information here.