Boots, Brats & Brews event comes to Pickering Barn

April 15, 2014

Combine a kick-stomping tribute to bluegrass, the suds of your favorite beers and the best of local sausages and you’ve got a memorably good time at the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah’s Boots, Brats & Brews.

The club’s first such event is from 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 24 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. It features samplings of assorted beers served with brats from local restaurants, while The Weavils keep toes tapping all night to their distinctive bluegrass sound.

Tori Gains, event co-chairwoman, said the club wanted an event that would attract more than other Kiwanis members.

“People love to get together and taste food while supporting the community,” Gains said. “It’s a fellowship kind of thing. The Kiwanis has always done an auction, but it tended to attract just Kiwanians. We wanted to get more of the community involved.”

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Spiritwood at Pine Lake hosts mudslide fundraiser pancake breakfast Saturday morning

April 4, 2014

NEW – Noon April 4, 2014

Spiritwood at Pine Lake is throwing its support behind those affected by the Oso mudslide, with an April 5 benefit fundraiser.

The Issaquah retirement community will host a pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m. The feast costs $10 per person.

All proceeds benefit the Oso mudslide victims through the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation, a local organization that is giving 100 percent of donations directly to those affected by the disaster.

Spiritwood at Pine Lake is at 3607 228th Ave. S.E.

Kaleidoscope hosts benefit rock concert

March 18, 2014

The Kaleidoscope School of Music presents a benefit rock concert, featuring five of its teen bands, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 28 at KTUB, 348 N. Kirkland Ave., Kirkland.

The admission is $5, with students 10 and younger getting in free. Proceeds go toward funding the school’s music scholarship fund.

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Association for Catholic Childhood hosts online fundraising auction

February 25, 2014

The Association for Catholic Childhood has kicked off an auction of a number of fun and unique items in its annual fundraiser Labor of Love Auction.

The auction, which runs through 7:59 p.m. March 2, benefits many programs for children in need in Western Washington, from Bellingham to Aberdeen. Cash donations are tax-deductible.

The Association for Catholic Childhood, a volunteer organization, provides funding and advocacy for Western Washington children and families in need, regardless of race or creed.

Learn more at http://bit.ly/1hChe1T.

Youth Eastside Services hosts annual benefit breakfast; sign up by Monday

February 23, 2014

NEW — Noon Feb. 23, 2014

Youth Eastside Services, a lifeline for kids and families coping with challenges such as emotional distress, substance abuse and violence, will host its annual benefit breakfast March 12.

The Invest in Youth breakfast raises money for the agency’s Lifeline Fund, which supports underfunded prevention and education programs as well as uncompensated care, ensuring no child is turned away for a family’s inability to pay. The agency helps youths in Issaquah.

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Help the Issaquah Schools Foundation while shopping at Fred Meyer

January 19, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 19, 2014

With Fred Meyer’s new Community Rewards Program, you can help earn money for local students and schools each time you shop.

All you have to do is go online to connect your Fred Meyer Reward Card to the Issaquah Schools Foundation. The program begins Feb. 3, but you need to register now.

You will still earn your Rewards points, fuel points and rebates. If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the customer service desk of any Fred Meyer store.

Learn more or sign up here. Search for the foundation by its name or nonprofit number — 91119.

Christmas fund sets new donation record

January 7, 2014

Merry Christmas Issaquah fund that supports emergency financial assistance for Issaquah families has set a new record in total donations.

Nearly $86,000 has been donated in the past five weeks by 257 donors. That represents a 25 percent increase over last year’s $68,683 from 244 donors. The goal was $75,000.

The fund has been spearheaded by The Issaquah Press since 1981 to support the work of the nonprofit Issaquah Community Services.

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Only one week left for Merry Christmas fund

December 31, 2013

After a week in which a flurry of donations came in to support Issaquah Community Services, the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund is less than $2,000 away from its $75,000 goal.

Issaquah Community Services offers emergency financial aid to residents of the Issaquah School District in the form of utility payments, rent assistance and other miscellaneous contributions, depending on a client’s specific need.

Volunteers at the nonprofit organization see families at their most dire hour of need. These are people that could lose their home or go without electricity if Issaquah Community Services didn’t step in with the next payment.

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WAVE Foundation event raises $1,400 for domestic violence education and prevention

December 29, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 29, 2013

The WAVE Foundation (Women Against Violence Everywhere) Day of Shopping Event last month raised about $1,400.

Ten percent of all purchases at Look’s Unique Home Accents, Gifts and Cards that day went to the WAVE Foundation fundraiser.

Sharon Anderson, WAVE Foundation executive director, said the group has hosted a day-of-shopping event for more than a decade.

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Merry Christmas fund way below goal

December 24, 2013

Untitled 2.crtrThe volunteers at Issaquah Community Services often see families at their lowest point.

They see the anguish, the struggle and the heartbreak that comes when clients cannot make ends meet.

As hard as it is to watch that, though, they also get to see the euphoria when a volunteer says, “Yes, I can help you,” making everything worthwhile.

“It’s unbelievably rewarding, it really is. It’s just a very rich experience, I think, for all of our volunteers,” said Jane, an Issaquah Community Services volunteer whose last name is not being printed due to the required anonymity between volunteers and clients.

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