By Hannah Saunders
The Bothell assembly of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a youth service organization that teaches leadership experience, will be hosting their Evening Disney Party at the Ashler Masonic Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 17.
Girls ages 10 to 20 and their parents or guardians are invited to attend the event, where there will be arts and crafts, games, a princess fashion show and more.
The 501(c)3 nonprofit organization was founded in 1922 and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in April. But for the upcoming event, organizers want to showcase the nonprofit’s work besides welcoming more young girls within the community.
“We seriously have done so much,” Bothell assembly’s Mother Advisor Cindy Powell said. “We’ve done beach cleanups, we have done many, many food drives for the local food banks, we have fed tent city many, many times and provided scarves and socks for them and just a whole variety of activities.”
Powell has been working with Bothell’s Rainbow Girls for 18 years and has five daughters who have been a part of the Rainbow Girls experience. The organization gives back to the community through acts of service, but they also gain leadership experience through public speaking, creating calendars and organizing activities.
“Unlike Girl Scouts, it’s multiage, so older girls mentor younger girls,” Powell said. “It’s really a neat process to watch girls come in as antsy wide-eyed little girls mature into extremely competent women.”
For the Evening Disney Party, attendees will have the opportunity to paint Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse terracotta pots, create Tinkerbell tealight jars and Mickey Mouse ornaments. There will also be games to assist with getting to know each other and Mickey Mouse Rice Krispy treat making.
“We’re going to have a Disney princess fashion show,” Powell said. “All of the state officers and then the top officer [at the organization’s Washington and Idaho jurisdiction; Emily Almeida] all get to wear hoop dresses. They’re going to do a little fashion show with some of their dresses and allow guests to try on the hoops and try to walk in it.”
A slideshow to highlight the service projects, fundraising projects, and fun activities that the organization is involved with will be shown during the event.
Those interested in attending the event should RSVP at [email protected].
“We thought it was a good idea to let everyone know that we’re here, and we would love to have them be a part of this awesome group,” Powell said. “The best thing of all about Rainbow is that these girls create lifelong friendships that last past college and high school. It’s a wonderful opportunity.”