Summer Barbecue 2013
Thanks to everyone who attended! We were thrilled to spend the last day of summer hanging out with 150 of our friends, clients, staff, and community members, eating burgers and hot dogs prepared by Chief Grilling Officer Chris Brandt.
2013 Annual Breakfast
Thanks to everyone who attended our 2013 Annual Breakfast, held on March 28. We were pleased to welcome more than 250 friends and supporters to our new location at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. Together, we raised more than 100,000 to support the employment goals of people with disabilities served by AtWork!
This year, we honored Genie, an excellent partner who currently employs two AtWork! clients on their production line in Redmond. Genie’s award-winning training processes and systems created the perfect working environment for people with disabilities, and they are now working on hiring client number three.
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2012 Annual Breakfast
AtWork! was thrilled to host close to 300 friends, supporters, clients, family members, elected officials, donors and friends at our 6th Annual Fundraising Breakfast on Thursday, April 6. Guests were treated to an entertaining morning of interviews and stories, hosted by King 5 co-anchor Jean Enersen, as well as an excellent breakfast provided by The Westin Bellevue.
AtWork! was very pleased to announce our 2012 Supporter of the Year, Coinstar, Inc. Coinstar employs David Killmer, an AtWork! client, as their Green Ambassador, working with their employees to improve their recycling habits and on other projects to help their company be environmentally friendly. We were all deeply touched, both by the video of David and Coinstar, and by Coinstar’s acceptance speech, delivered by Chief People Officer Raquel Karls.
We enjoyed hearing from David as he told us a bit about his job at Coinstar, School-to-Work student Jesse Gillman as he gleefully conspired with Jean Enersen to sneak Dennis Bounds’ job right out from under him, and Michele Appell, a remarkable self-advocate and AtWork! client, who delivered an eloquent and heartfelt speech describing the services she receives and the difference a job makes in her life.
Thank you to all who attended and gave. Please accept our deepest gratitude for the over $110,000 we were able to raise this year thanks to your generosity. We have also appreciated all of the kind words from those who took the time to let us know how much they enjoyed this year’s program.
AtWork! “Fun in the Sun” Summer Barbecue
Although the weather forecast didn’t sound too promising, the sun came out all the same for AtWork!’s annual summer barbecue. As always, Bingo was a big hit, taking a close second to food. Master grillers CEO Chris Brandt and her sidekick, Board President Bob Strayhan, served up hot dogs and hamburgers, generously donated by Fischer Meats of Issaquah.
AtWork! is grateful to all those who contributed food and donations to make our event such a big hit. Thanks go to Costco Wholesale, Inc., Fischer Meats, Panera Bread, and Party City. Thanks also to AtWork! friends and family members Rita Cromwell, Ralph and Marjorie Domenowske, Irene and Larry Harvitz, Shawna Stanberry, Harold and Janell Sutton, Linda Panattoni, Wendy Randall, Winter Taylor, and Charlotte Trenner.
Benefit Breakfast Raises $92,000
What a wonderful and magical morning. AtWork! welcomed over 350 guests to the ballroom at the Westin Hotel in Bellevue, Thursday morning, March 25th. Our emcee was Dennis Bounds, King 5 NewsAnchor and, himself, the parent of a person with disabilities. Dennis helped to introduce our speakers, Board Chair Bob Strayhan and CEO Chris Brandt.
AtWork! was proud to present its Supporter of the Year Award to the Dunn Lumber Company for its commitment to hiring people with disabilities in each of its 12 stores. The video, which you can view on our website, profiled Darwin, a Dunn Lumber employee and AtWork! client, whose employment not only provides value to the company, but also is vital the sustainability of his family.
A highlight of the morning was Dennis’s interview with Margaret Padilla. Margaret is a new employee of Drugstore.com and very proud of her journey from working in a sheltered workshop to a job in the community. Although she rehearsed her presentation many times, getting up in front of a large crowd almost overwhelmed her. Dennis brought out the best in her, and the audience was charmed by her excitement and enthusiasm for this new opportunity in her life.
The Reverend Kenneth Ransfer closed the morning with a very impassioned request for support. Together we raised $92,000 for people with disabilities. We sincerely thank our Supporting Sponsors, Costco Wholesale and Russ & Gretchen Keithly, and our Contributing Sponsors, Mike & Kim Cave, Coinstar, Inc., Paul Egly, and Xtreme Consulting Group, Inc.
AtWork! has made a commitment to leave no one behind. That means we will sustain our commitments to people with complex support needs, people whom others might label as too disabled to work or unemployable. Because of the outpouring of generosity received that morning, we will be able to fulfill that commitment.
AtWork! Showcases Works by Artists With Disabilities
AtWork!, provider of employment services for people with disabilities, has decorated the walls of its headquarters building with art work executed by artists with disabilities. We are hanging our second show which will be on view through December.
Artists in the show participate in Creative Activities/VSA Arts of Washington program, dedicated to serving artists at any stage of their creative development. Creative Activities/VSAAW is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing arts opportunities created by, for and with people with disabilities throughout the State of Washington.
AtWork! Hawaiian Summer Barbecue
Bingo was the most popular game at AtWork!’s summer event on August 21st. After verifying numbers to be sure bingos were real, there was great excitement when prizes were awarded. The weather could not have been more perfect — sunshine and a soft summer breeze put everyone in a party mood. Chris Brandt and Bob Strayhan fired up the grill; we ate hot dogs and hamburgers and enjoyed the delicious food donated by volunteers and the community.
Special thanks go to Fischer Meats, Costco Wholesale, Franz Bakeries, and Tim’s Cascade Chips for their donations. Salads and desserts were brought by Charlotte Trenner, Rita Cromwell, Bob Lambert, Mrs. Sutton, Ray Lepp, the Padilla Family, the Wills Family and Wendy Randall. Teresa Lewis, Patti Inge and Janice Weiberg dropped by to lend a hand. Thank you to all who helped to make this summer event so memorable. So many came to help we kind of lost track. We do want you to know that you were appreciated, if we didn’t catch your name.
At this festive time of year, AtWork! wishes to thank all those who have graciously and generously donated to our mission to help people with disabilities be productive, integrated, and contributing members of their communities.
We gratefully acknowledge the following companies and foundations for their support:
- American Seafoods Company
- Baylis Architects Clark Nuber
- Colliers International
- Columbia Bank
- Costco Wholesale
- First Mutual Bank
- Fisher Meats
- Johnson Barrow, Inc.
- LeMaster Daniels
- Murdock Charitable Trust
- Nonprofit Assistance Center
- Oberto Sausage Company
- Peterson Russell Kelly PL
- SAB Architects
- Scan Design Foundation
- SeaCon, LLC
- Shaw Contract Group
- Smith Barney
- The Employees Community Fund of the Boeing Company Puget Sound
- The Seattle Foundation
- Ticon, Inc.
- Tim’s Cascade Chips
- Vinnie & Sons Plumbing
- Washington Square
- Windermere Real Estate
- Zonar Systems
To make your year end contribution to AtWork! click the DONATE button on the left of any page on the AtWork! website.
Pirates Invade AtWork! Shop
The AtWork! shop floor was converted to a pirate ship on Halloween and captured clients, staff and invited guests for a great day of fun. There was pirate gruel for lunch, karaoke and dancing, cookie decorating for dessert, popcorn, crafts, and great fun!