Weekend plant sale will honor late Sammamish resident, benefit Red Cross

April 30, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. April 30, 2010

The family of a late Sammamish college student will host a three-day plant sale starting Friday to raise money for American Red Cross disaster-relief efforts.

Clayton Olney, a longtime Red Cross volunteer, died in December 2008 at 25. To honor the Eastlake High School graduate and University of Washington student, his parents held a plant sale last March to Stella d’Oro daylilies. The successful sale raised $2,120 for Red Cross disaster relief.

The sale returns for a second year Friday through Sunday to QuiltWorks Northwest, 121A 107th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. The sale runs from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The fundraiser will again feature Stella d’Oro daylilies — in yellow for Olney’s favorite color — and another variety, the Ruby Stella.

After Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, Olney worked with the Red Cross to help evacuees find housing. Besides the Red Cross, he volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and the Puget Sound Blood Center.

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