We are dedicated to service and fundraising to enhance the health and welfare of the Wenatchee Valley community
Founded in 1948, Wenatchee Valley Follies Guild and Children’s Foundation (WVFGCF) is dedicated to making our community a better place to live and grow. Through the years, WVFGCF has embodied this ideal through various ways – from staffing our hospitals to putting on the infamous Follies Show. Today, WVFGCF works to enhance the health and welfare of our community’s most precious asset – our children.
We have raised over one million dollars since 1948. We are one of the “purest” organizations around – with virtually zero overhead (think: no paid staff, no office space, no utility bills), that means nearly every cent goes right where it belongs – back to our community.
In 1948, thirteen young women came together with a mission to raise money for local hospitals. As part of their planning, Marguerite Neel met with Mr. Cargill of the Cargill Producing Company to discuss their fundraising ideas in the form of a community show. On February 10, 1948, the first meeting of the Junior Wenatchee Hospital Guild was held and Ms. Neel was elected its first President. After getting approval from the Mayor of Wenatchee to stage a show, the planning for the very first Follies show began. Committees were formed, advertisements were sold, and rehearsals were scheduled. Opening night of the inaugural Follies Show was November 3, 1948. The show was met with rave reviews and had a two-day run at the Liberty Theater on Wenatchee Avenue. While we have grown and changed as an organization over the years, and todays Follies show is just one of WVFGCF’s many service programs and fundraisers, it is where our roots began.
Although we have a variety of programs and fundraisers, WVFGCF is perhaps most well known for the Follies Show. Held every three years, it is our most successful – and fun! – fundraiser. Combining music, dance, and community talent, the Follies shows have raised over $1,000,000.00 over the years. The shows proceeds have directly benefited the needs of the people and children in our community, including Solomon’s Porch, Wellness Place, and Mobile Meals of Wenatchee.
Our other fundraisers include our annual holiday wreath sales and Spring Fling.
WVFGCF gives back to our community in many ways: money, time and donations. You can find one of our members serving at a local shelter, ringing Salvation Army bells over the holidays, dancing in a Follies show, or organizing a birthday party for a child who might not otherwise have one. We believe that no need is too great or small. We believe that service is a cornerstone to a strong community because it imbibes in others the spirit of generosity – the call to give back to others, even strangers, all the good things we have received in life.