The event begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at Grimstad Farms in Kent. The RSVP date has passed, but people can attend by paying the $75 fee at the door. There will be a silent auction, which includes trips to Africa, Mexico and British Columbia.
The gala’s aim is to show that the 1-year-old foundation is intent on reaching its goals and to secure donations to help it realize its ambitions, which includes building a facility for its athletic and musical endeavors.
“Our grand vision is that someday we will be able to run the types of programs we want to without being beholden to school districts or stuck waiting in line for gym time,” said Chuck Stowell, father of the foundation’s namesake, Carly.
Carly Stowell was a 14-year-old freshman at Kentlake High School when she died suddenly in April 2007 of arrhythmia at a basketball tournament in North Carolina. She excelled at basketball and was the only freshman member of jazz band at Kentlake.
Chuck said he and his wife, Elena, Carly’s mother, wanted to do something that Carly would like.
“This just seems right,” he said.
Since it was formed a year ago, the foundation has sponsored one volleyball and six basketball teams, in addition to offering jazz classes twice a week. Chuck said the number of teams will double in the next year, with the organization adding two lacrosse teams. Most of the kids are from the Kent area, but kids from Renton, Issaquah and Puyallup also participate.