Dining out for a cause: Snoqualmie Police Chief, Mayor, Public Works head to wait tables in support of Y campaign

Snoqualmie Police Chief Steve McCulley, one of several
Snoqualmie Police Chief Steve McCulley, one of several 'local celebrity' waitstaff working the Partners With Youth dinners at Woodman Lodge and Ana's Mexican Restaurant.
— image credit: Seth Truscott/Staff Photo

Steve McCulley calls it “the void.”

It's the lack of concerned adults, caring peers and supportive activities in a youth’s life that can lead him or her down a risky path.

“If you don't fill the void, they're out cruising around, unsupervised. Then they start dealing with me.”

McCulley emphasises “me” in a tone that means it's in his capacity as police chief, as the arm of the law, and that he means business. It's a role he'd rather not have to take with young people.

To fill that void, McCulley and several other co-workers with the City of Snoqualmie will take on a different role. Chief McCulley joins Mayor Matt Larson, Public Works Director Dan Marcinko, as well as local blogger Danna McCall, as celebrity waiters at “Dine Out for a Cause.”

“Dine Out” involves two special events helping Snoqualmie Y's Partners With Youth Campaign.

The campaign pays for youth scholarships, after-school, day-care and summer programs for local youth.

"There's a definite need in the Valley," says Marcinko. "Thirty-six percent of our population is kids. The need is there to keep them busy and healthy."

Marcinko, McCulley, Larson, Y Director Dave Mayer and others will wait tables and jockey for tips for the Partners With Youth Program, helping support the Y’s ambitious fundraising goal of $47,000.

First, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday March 26, they'll be at the Woodman Lodge Steakhouse and Saloon, 38601 S.E. King St. Snoqualmie. The Woodman plans to offer gift cards for donations  ranging from $75-$150 for all donations totaling $250 or more, and other prizes.

Tickets are available at

Then, from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 1, celebrity waiters work at Ana’s Family Style Mexican Restaurant, 7713 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie Ridge, with proceeds from some purchases going to the program.

"We're going to be assisting the waitstaff, serving tables, providing information," says McCulley, "and making the soft, or maybe hard ask, for money to fund the programs," said the chief.

Learn more about the Y’s Partners With Youth effort at


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