As an unofficial ambassador for the iconic Christmas drama “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Karolyn Grimes, who portrayed Zuzu Bailey in the beloved film, will make an appearance in Fife during a holiday gift show designed to bring the community together in the spirit of the season. It’s a Wonderful Life in Fife takes place Dec. 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Poodle Dog, with proceeds benefiting local agencies advocating for families in need. The daylong event will feature traditional holiday gifts such as wreaths, candles, ornaments, fine art, jewelry and more. Grimes, a Port Orchard resident, will be sharing memories and anecdotes from the film, signing autographs and presenting a private screening of the film later that night. A variety of local businesses will be represented throughout the day, donating their own time and merchandise to the event. “So many people are getting involved in helping out on this, which is wonderful,” said organizer Art Mallonee.
Holiday-themed gift show and fundraiser brings iconic film to life Dec. 18
The gift show will provide a number of festive photo ops throughout the day, featuring appearances by Santa Pug and Elf Pug courtesy of Seattle Pug Rescue. Guests will have an opportunity to take pictures and make donations to the organization, which is dedicated to raising awareness about one of the most abused breeds. “Their mission is to take any and all pugs that are offered to the Humane Society, rehabilitate them and find truly worthwhile families to adopt them,” Mallonee said. Attendees will also have an opportunity to learn more about Self Advocates of Washington, an organization dedicated to empowering individuals with special needs. “Members of this organization will be at the show, advocating for themselves,” Mallonee said. “Any donations go straight to the organization.” Admission to the gift show is $3, or $1 with a two-can donation of food to benefit Northwest Harvest. Tickets to the family-style spaghetti buffet are available for $10, or $6 for seniors. All buffet diners are welcome to attend the “It’s a Wonderful Life” screening at 6:30 p.m. Space is limited, and organizers ask guests to purchase tickets in advance at http://www.funtownnorthwest.com. “This really is a one-of-a-kind event,” Mallonee said. “Karolyn and I were looking so hard for the perfect venue and community that has the same hometown feel as George Bailey’s town. We thought Fife was perfect.” The Poodle Dog is located at 1522 54th Ave. E. in Fife. For more information about the event, visit http://www.funtownnorthwest.com.