Thank you to everyone who attended!
Thank you to everyone who attended our 8th Annual Fundraising Breakfast on Thursday, March 6, 2014. More than 275 people joined us at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue to raise more than* $83,000 to support the employment goals of people with disabilities.
Our 2015 breakfast will be Thursday, April 2. Save the Date!
Congratulations to Seattle Boat Company, our 2014 Supporter of the Year
AtWork! is pleased to honor Seattle Boat Company as our 2014 Supporter of the Year. Established in 1984 and under current ownership since 1987, Seattle Boat Co. has become a premier marine dealership situated in the heart of the world’s finest, most spectacular boating waterways. Seattle Boat prides themselves on being a company founded on creativity and innovation, which made them a perfect match for AtWork!.
Seattle Boat Company’s owner, Alan Bohling bought his first boat at age 15 after his mother denied his request to buy a car. He was not even out of his 20s when he bought a small, struggling boat dealership that he had generating over $11 million in revenue barely a decade later. And not content to follow the paths of others, Alan innovated customer service with the ‘SkyLaunch’ dry-stack storage for his customers.
So it really should not surprise anyone who knows Alan or is familiar with the Seattle Boat Company that when challenged to provide an opportunity for a person with a disability, he doubled-down.
Alan arranged a meeting with members of his management team and Joe Smith from AtWork!. He and his team asked Joe the standard questions (What will it be like? What can he or she do? What is a developmental disability?), and the tough questions (What if it doesn’t work out? What if something goes wrong? What if someone says or does something wrong?). Through all the questions and answers neither Alan nor his staff waivered away from the original commitment – 2 jobs to the right candidates.
The next step was to introduce candidates to Alan and the hiring managers and schedule interviews. The responsibilities developed through our discussions required a broad skill set- a good level of independence, decision-making, safety awareness, physical strength and stamina, and, most importantly, a love of boats and water.
In June, Seattle Boat hired two AtWork! clients through the School to Work program in the Bellevue School District. One individual works in their Seattle location, tending boats, tending the offices and grounds, and supporting the service department. Another works at the Newport Marina location in Bellevue, tending the boats and assisting with Seattle Boat’s innovative FunShare boating program.
Aside from acquiring two skilled, dedicated employees to their workforce, it is possible Seattle Boat Company also got a bonus- an affirmation to that courage is its own reward. What Jon and Michael bring to their respective work-sites each day is the reinforcement of ideals that built Seattle Boat Company: Being responsible for yourself, defining your identity on your terms not what the world says you should be, and never being afraid to take on the next challenge.
Thank you to our 2014 Sponsors:
PSAV Presentation Services
Bell-Anderson and Philadelphia Insurance
Erik Mehr and Associates
Kibble & Prentice
Peterson Russell Kelly
Seattle Boat Company
Mary Grace Roske
Bob and Alta Strayhan