Wenatchee, WA – The Winter Ice Gala presented by Numerica Credit Union held last Friday, February 15 at the Town Toyota Center proved to be successful in both monetary pledges as well as guest experience.  Guests who attended the event, pledged over $12,000 for the newly established Arena Youth Enrichment fund held at the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.

The fund will provide youth the opportunity to Learn to Skate and/or attend a show who might not otherwise be able to afford to do so.  The eligible applicants are schools and/or non-profit organizations that support youth and enrichment activities are able to apply for funding and must reside within the Public Facilities District of the Greater Wenatchee Regional Events center in the incorporated areas of Chelan and Douglas counties and/or the cities of Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Cashmere, Chelan, Rock Island, Waterville, and Entiat, and must serve underprivileged needs of youth or schools. Applications are available here or at the Community Foundation. Application deadline is April 1, 2013.

The arena was transformed into an elegant and breath-taking setting with birch trees, dozens of icicle lights, ice sculpture, formal table settings, and stage lighting. Guests were servedhors d’ oeuvres of puff pastry with stilton, candied walnuts and honey and new potatoes with crème fraiche and golden cavier prepared by Executive Chef, Richard Kitos.

The formal dinner included petite filet of beef tournaedos with crabmeat and gorgonzola cream sauce, gourmat sides and a specatucular one-of-a-kind dessert.

Master of Ceremony, Dan Kuntz, KPQ-AM news radio morning personality and Miss Washington 2012, Mandy Schendel introduced skaters and singers for the evening.  Following dinner, the ice show directed by former Disney on Ice professional and Town Toyota Center Skating Diretor, Louise Kapeikis was spectacular as guests were only inches away from the ice!  The show featured Ice Dance pair skaters, Jean-Luc Baker & Kaitlin Hawayek sponsored by Blodgett Construction Associates and Puget Sound Energy.  The ice dance team took the gold medal in both Junior Ice Dance events at the Ice Dance Championships and the silver medal while representing Team USA at the Junior Grand Prix in Germany. The local Wenatchee Figure Skating Club received rave reviews from attended guests on the professionalism of the skating caliber and overall show production. The program ended with a video of images from several concerts, shows and activities held at the Town Toyota Center over the past five years.

For more information about the Arena Youth Enrichment Fund, visit