Walgreens stores are accepting wildfire donations

July 28, 2014

NEW — 3 p.m. July 28, 2014

Responding to wildfires devastating portions of the state, Walgreens is accepting cash donations from customers looking for ways to support those whose lives or property were disrupted.

Make check-out counter cash donations in amounts of $1, $5 and $10 and the donations will go to the American Red Cross to help people affected by the western wildfires.

The Red Cross is providing shelter and has provided more than 3,200 meals and snacks to those affected by the fires. The organization is also providing health and mental health services, and is distributing trash bags, gloves and masks to people throughout the area.

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Donate today, tomorrow to Eastside Baby Corner to help children affected by Western Washington fires

July 25, 2014

NEW — 2:15 p.m. July 25, 2014

Eastside Baby Corner is holding an emergency drive today and tomorrow to collect diapers to send to Western Washington communities impacted by the still-burning fires.

Those interested in helping are asked to bring, very specifically, pull-ups in sizes 2T to 4T and baby wipes to the EBC Hub, 1510 N.W. Maple St., in Issaquah, through 3 p.m. today, and between 9 and 10 a.m. tomorrow.

EBC received a call from a relief organizer in Wenatchee asking for assistance with diapers, wipes and pull-ups. EBC had sufficient diapers in stock and was able to commit 10,000 to the relief effort.

However, EBC does not have enough pull-ups or wipes to contribute, and is asking supporters and the local community to help.

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Editorial: 1,200 backpacks needed for students

July 22, 2014

Let the back-to-school shopping begin!

Wow, everything from erasers to three colors of ink pens, from scissors to notebooks are on the list. Don’t forget a box of Kleenex for the classroom and an apple for the teacher.

If you’ve purchased a new backpack for your student and added in the supplies, your receipts probably add up to well more than $100. And you still have to get new shoes and pay for a yearbook and a PTA membership.

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Combat Flip Flops launches crowdfunding campaign

July 18, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 18, 2014

Issaquah company Combat Flip Flops has launched a crowdfunding campaign to reach its goal of starting a cashmere program.

The company hopes to raise $15,000 to jumpstart an initiative that transforms cashmere wool from local goat farmers in Afghanistan into fashion-statement luxury scarves available in First World markets.

With the Rock the Cashmagh campaign, the company hopes to aide in the development of a stable, self-sufficient economy in the war-torn nation.

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Liberty basketball team stays busy

June 10, 2014

The Liberty High School boys basketball team played its final minute of the season in February, but the work never stops for the Patriots, who have a busy summer on tap.

Liberty’s long list of summer events began May 30 with its first golf fundraiser at Renton’s Maplewood Golf Course. More than 130 people attended the golf tournament, which also included a banquet and silent auction.

Assistant coach Steve Kelley, a former Seattle Times columnist, was the banquet’s master of ceremonies, while former Seahawks Mack Strong and Paul Moyer were special guest speakers.

By Caryn Frey Omar Parker, (right), Liberty High School boys basketball coach, jokingly attempts to putt a basketball while his team looks on at the program’s golf fundraiser May 30.

By Caryn Frey
Omar Parker, (right), Liberty High School boys basketball coach, jokingly attempts to putt a basketball while his team looks on at the program’s golf fundraiser May 30.

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LefseFest to help provide Oso relief

June 3, 2014

LefseFest aims to serve up some assistance.

The annual celebration of Scandinavian culture returns to Issaquah June 7 with a new regional focus. The traditional Norwegian flatbread community event, hosted by the Cascade Lodge Sons of Norway, has long been a local favorite and this year it hopes to provide relief for victims of the Oso mudslide.

By Hailey Way Leiann Ronnestad (front left), other attendees and the Risadala children’s dance group hold hands in a circle and move around the maypole at Veterans’ Memorial Field during the 2013 Lefse Festival.

By Hailey Way
Leiann Ronnestad (front left), other attendees and the Risadala children’s dance group hold hands in a circle and move around the maypole at Veterans’ Memorial Field during the 2013 Lefse Festival.

“We’ve been looking in the lodge for different ways we could help the community,” festival organizer Leiann Ronnestad said, glad to announce the assistance LefseFest would give to the Mercer Island Cares Oso Much Fundraiser. “We are combining as a whole community effort.”

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Schools foundation raises $737,000

May 27, 2014

With 38 sponsors, 275 in-kind donors and nearly 1,300 guests, the Issaquah Schools Foundation raised $737,000 from its Nourish Every Mind luncheon and breakfast events.

The annual fundraising events support Issaquah School District students and teachers by investing in a wide variety of educational programs and materials.

Jim Dever, of KING-5 TV, and Molly Shen, of KOMO-4 TV, emceed the two events, which also included student speakers giving their account of donor investments in classrooms, and performances by musical acts from Issaquah High, Grand Ridge Elementary and Pacific Cascade Middle schools.

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Patriots host golf fundraiser

May 27, 2014

The Liberty High School boys basketball team will hold a golf fundraiser May 30, featuring special guest speaker Mack Strong.

Festivities begin with a 1 p.m. golf tournament at Maplewood Golf Course, 4050 Maple Valley Highway, Renton. Participants can win a new car, or a dream vacation, in one of three hole-in-one contests. The team is also hosting a banquet and silent auction.

Learn more at http://bit.ly/1jEKPbn.

Goddard School artists fundraiser tops $3,000

May 20, 2014

The Goddard School in Issaquah raised $3,345 for Seattle Children’s, thanks to its annual art auction April 25-26.

The school auctioned pieces inspired by famous artists with a unique spin in that its preschoolers crafted the re-creations.

More than 100 pieces were sold by all five of the Seattle-area Goddard School locations, earning a total of $18,000 for Seattle Children’s.

NAMI Walk needs volunteers

May 10, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 10, 2014

A May 17 fundraiser to support the Washington chapter of the National Association for Mental Illness still needs volunteers.

The annual NAMI Walk raises funds to battle mental illness, and is the primary fundraising event to assist the organization.

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