A night to think and dream big

November 17, 2009

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Kim Evanger Raney

Kim Evanger Raney

Family and friends are gathering to remember Kim Evanger Raney, a prominent athlete at Issaquah High School and community member, at the second annual Consider Concert benefit Nov. 22 at The Moore Theatre in Seattle.

Evanger Raney died in a bicycle accident in March 2007 while vacationing with family in Palm Springs, Calif. It was a life cut short at only 26.

Her spirit lives on through the foundation they’ve created and the good work that comes from it, said her brother David Evanger, 27.“It was pretty natural. We just knew that she would live on,” he said. “The thing about Kim, was whether it was youth, a co-worker, friend or teammate, she had an incredible capacity to love. When her life was unexpectedly cut short, we knew it wasn’t the end of her legacy, that it needed to continue, and that is why we created that foundation in her name.”

The Evanger family, her father Patrick, mother Heidi, sister Kaley and David, started the organization after her death.

“What I would like people to remember about Kim is that she was a beautiful young woman with great love and passion for life and that she was very gifted,” her mother Heidi Evanger said, adding that Kim would never take credit for those things. “She was also a woman of great faith and would give God the credit for all she accomplished.”

Kim’s passion often led her to help children in need, David Evanger said. In life, she worked with the Special Olympics Association as a coach, and through her job, she volunteered to help disadvantaged children.

“Kim had a passion for helping youth, in particular underprivileged youth, and because she was gifted with a lot of different qualities and resources, she had a heart for helping those that didn’t have those things naturally,” he said.

The foundation was a way to continue her work. A concert, he added, has a way of bringing people together and music has a way of opening their hearts.

The first concert was in 2008 at Seattle’s Showbox and raised more than $20,000 for underprivileged youth.

This year’s Consider Concert features musical guests Shawn McDonald, and Ruth and Phillip LaRue. Each act is unique, but all fit within the acoustic rock and rock genres, according to David Evanger.

Proceeds go to local and international organizations, like International Justice Mission, Child Haven, Royal Family Kids Camp, Special Olympics, Bicycle Alliance of Washington and Seattle Children’s, the region’s hospital and medical center.

“Kim’s message was for people to have the ability to think outside of their own self, to dream big and think big,” David Evanger said. “That is what we are trying to do with the foundation and our partnership with organizations that pull kids out of situations where they have been abused or oppressed.”

“The event is important, because we would like people to remember Kim through this, but also help people realize that each day in life is a gift and to live each day given to its fullest,” Heidi Evanger said. “Through this event we hope to bring people together to consider the bigger questions in life and make choices that are positive for helping the lives of other people.”

Whitman College, where Kim played basketball and graduated with a degree in psychology, also sponsors a basketball tournament to kick off its season, which benefits the foundation. The family is also working to sponsor an annual bicycle ride in Kim’s memory.

If you go

Consider Concert 2009

Benefiting the Kim Evanger Raney Foundation

7 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m.

Nov. 22

Price $17 – $100

The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle

www.kimevangerraneyfoundation.org

Chantelle Lusebrink: 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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