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January 5, 2010

By Staff

Californian wins Compassion House fundraising raffle

Congratulations to Maria Phillips, of Pleasanton, Calif., the winner of the 2008 limited edition Dodge Challenger in the Compassion House benefit raffle.The drawing was held Dec. 6. Mayor Ava Frisinger drew the winning ticket; Compassion House and Lake Sammamish Elks officials witnessed the drawing.

Phillips purchased her ticket Nov. 23 and elected to take ownership of the car instead of the $40,000 cash option. Phillips said after ordering one ticket, her husband had lamented to her that the Challenger was his dream car, but they would never have enough money to buy it. So, she purchased a second ticket, which is the one that won.

The Phillipses are planning to fly to Seattle with funds to pay the IRS withholding amount, take possession of the car from the Lake Sammamish Elks in Issaquah and drive the car back to California.

The economy downturn slowed sales of the raffle tickets throughout the summer, with only about 4,000 of 10,000 tickets being sold. However, after expenses, raffle officials estimate Compassion House should receive between $6,000 and $8,000 to help build a new duplex for transitional families in need.

The Rev. Mark Miller, whose church initiated the Compassion House concept 11 years ago, said that the increased awareness of the surrounding communities to the needs and unique mission of Compassion House “was an unmeasurable success.”

Local author publishes article in national magazine

Maureen Francisco

Maureen Francisco

Issaquah resident Maureen Francisco wrote an article about being petite, called “Double Zero: Pick on Someone Your Own Size.”

Available in digital form at www.stilettowoman.com on Jan. 15, the article is the cover story for the winter 2009/10 issue of Stiletto Woman magazine, a national magazine that explores all topics related to women.

This is the first time Francisco has submitted an article to a magazine.

“I was so happy when I learned Stiletto Woman magazine was going to run the story,” she said. “I had no idea it would make it its cover story. I was blown away.”

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