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Harkness Helps Raise Thousands for local Charities

The 27th annual Tacoma South Rotary Mini Golf Tournament, held Friday, October 20th, 2023 and hosted by Harkness Furniture, was a huge success! With an 18-hole indoor miniature golf course set up throughout the upper level and our main Harkness showroom, there were plenty of perky patrons puttering about the store the entire evening! Even Rhubarb the Reindeer, the famous Tacoma Rainiers Mascot, strolled the building offering great photo ops for kids and adults alike!

The 'American Military Families' Action Network made a thought-provoking presentation for the ”100 Service Dogs For 100 Veterans" campaign. Their goal is to unite rescue dogs that have been trained to become fabulous support animals, with military veterans who may have lost their focus or found themselves in need of counseling and support. The results of this terrific campaign, "Save A Dog - Save A Vet", have been incredible! At the end of the evening, Dave Harkness made the announcement; "thanks to our generous contributors we have raised over $86,000 to support local charities!"

For more information and to receive updates for next year's event, contact Dave Harkness or the Rotary Club of Tacoma South at

Harkness Cares About the Community

As a member of the community, Harkness Furniture is dedicated to being a good community citizen. As such, we regularly donate to a number of nonprofit organizations and charitable agencies. Following is just a small list:

  • Donations to: Emergency Food Network, Martin Luther King Shelter, Tacoma Rescue Mission, Operation NightWatch, Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, and Cascade Christian School.
  • Numerous cash and merchandise donations to local shelters and food banks.
  • We are the host site for the annual Tacoma South Rotary Mini Golf Tournament; which last year raised over $10,000 towards the Tacoma Boys and Girls clubs and Emergency Food Network.
  • Founding board member for the Tacoma South Rotary which supports Clover Park V.O.C., Mount Tahoma High and Tacoma Boys and Girls Club with sponsorship funds. Rotary supports South Tacoma schools and local programs.
  • Used furniture donations to Home Start Homeless Shelter and numerous homeless/abuse centers.

Harkness presented with Outstanding Business Award

Freemasons Eric Davis and Alex Kaeka, Fairweather No 82 Masonic Lodge, presented Dave, Cyndi (not pictured) and Kellen Harkness with the ‘Outstanding Business Award’. While making the presentation on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021, Alex stated, “this award is presented in high honor to Harkness Furniture as a way of recognizing their tireless efforts to help and support the local community. And as our show of gratitude for their ongoing and continued support of local businesses and charitable organizations.”

Foundation Scholarship Dinner Honors Donors and Students

More than 150 guests gathered in Clover Park Technical College’s McGavick Conference Center last week for the 13th Annual Scholarship Celebration Dinner, as scholarship recipients and donors shared their stories and raised $50,000 to help support CPTC students in the future.

The CPTC Foundation hosts a scholarship banquet each year, inviting donors to campus to meet with the students whose lives have been changed by scholarships. Guests enjoyed a dinner catered by CPTC’s Culinary Arts program and had a chance to hear from one of the event sponsors, a scholarship recipient and donor, and a college alum.

"This money, which to you and me might seem to be a small amount that doesn’t severely impact our lives, makes a significant difference in people’s lives who might not be able to attend Clover Park without that assistance," CPTC Foundation Board Member Dave Harkness said in a video message. "It actually does change lives."

Scholarship recipient Computer Networking & Information Systems Security student William Paulson proved that point, as he shared his story and the challenges he’s overcoming to earn an education and prepare for a career. He explained that he was very nervous to stand in front of a room of people and speak about the areas of life where he had failed, but that his story was bigger than him.

"This is not a story of individual shame and misery; this is a story of community, of gift and gratitude," Paulson said. "This is a story of a person becoming humbled enough to look for help and a story of all of the outstretched arms that were found, willing and welcoming. My story, which was once a nightmare, is now part of a celebration."

Since 2005, the CPTC Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to students. The Foundation provides more than $100,000 in scholarships annually and also provides emergency assistance and supports emerging needs at the college. Nearly 400 students have received assistance through the Foundation in the past year. During the event, Foundation Executive Director and CPTC Vice President for Strategic Development Dr. Tawny Dotson noted the 15 dedicated civic leaders who serve as volunteers on the Foundation Board and offered special recognition to Board Members Ty Cordova and Steve Crosby for their service to the organization.