Aegis of Issaquah hosts merchants for holiday shopping experience

November 24, 2009

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Not into hitting the mammoth malls for Christmas? Looking for personalized gifts?Then, Aegis of Issaquah has the perfect shopping experience for you, in the administration and recreation building Dec. 6.

Shop for unique holiday gifts from local merchants while sipping tasty cocktails and noshing on hors d’oeuvres, during the residents’ happy hour.

“I think it is a celebration of the holidays and gratitude of holidays,” said Sommer Albertsen, activity director at the facility. “We have a wonderful group of people living here, that don’t always get to see or visit with the greater Issaquah community. This will give them a nice opportunity to do that, and it will be a great experience for the people that come in to shop and visit with our seniors.”

There will also be music by Joe Ross, a folk guitar player. Ross will play holiday favorites and original compositions.

Local merchants, like Pacific Pasta, Buddha Belly, Revolution Gallery, X Marks The Tot and Village Green Yoga, will be there to help with your holiday shopping needs.

“It is a time to shop and also have a meaningful experience by connecting with the seniors in our community and supporting our local vendors during a tough economic time,” Albertsen said.

The New & Not Basket Organization has donated 10 eclectic gift baskets for shoppers to win by purchasing raffle tickets.

Proceeds from the baskets will go to the Potato Soup Foundation, an emergency assistance fund for employees of Aegis Living.

The foundation was set up by Dwayne Clark, owner of the Redmond-based senior living residences.

“I definitely think this company supports its employees well, and this is another great benefit the company offers its employees in need,” Albertsen said.

To date, the foundation has helped employees get through a variety of unexpected situations or emergencies, like medical treatment, housing, funeral expenses and others, according to its Web site.

“I’m excited for it to be a celebration and for the community to come and have fun, tap their toes, listen to music and eat food,” Albertsen said. “The more people that come, the more it will be a quality experience for everyone in the community.”

If you go

Aegis Holiday Bazaar

3-5 p.m. Dec. 6

Aegis of Issaquah

780 N.W. Juniper St

www.aegisliving.com/aegis_potato_soup_foundation

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