Issaquah Schools Foundation sets record at annual luncheon

May 15, 2012

By Kathleen R. Merrill

More than 1,000  people turned out, donated $650,000

With a sold-out event at the Issaquah Community Center, the Issaquah Schools Foundation set a record of $650,000 in donations at this year’s Nourish Every Mind Luncheon on May 10.

More than 1,000 people were at the event, the 14th annual luncheon foundation officials have held. This year is the 25th anniversary of the foundation.

Because of interest in the foundation’s largest fundraiser, next year’s attendees might see two events instead of one, according to Robin Callahan, executive director of the foundation. That could be a breakfast type event and a luncheon, she said.

Leigh Stokes, foundation board president, joked with attendees about twisting their arms and then asked them to double or triple their previous donation this year. Attendees paid $150 for their seats at the luncheon and a silent auction was held.

Last year, the luncheon raised $593,000 from more than 950 attendees.

This year’s contributions will help the foundation:

Continue expanding the TEALS, which stands for Technology Education & Learning in Schools, program and developing the next generation of computer scientists.

Provide supportive environments like after-school and tutoring programs that help students succeed academically.

Increase the number of iPads available for elementary, middle and high school Learning Resource Center (special-needs) students.

“You are a testament to how deeply our community cares about education,” Callahan wrote in a thank you email the night of the event. “Thank you for joining us today in support of our students and schools.”

Kathleen R. Merrill: 392-6434, ext. 227, or Comment at

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