Young philanthropists cook up Canvas and Cupcake Fundraiser

February 19, 2013

Chirag Vedullapalli and Amol Garg, like other 12- and 13-year-olds, love making art.

They also love helping others, and two have teamed up to host an afternoon of creative fun for children in the hopes of raising enough money to fulfill one child’s dream through the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

“Both of us are passionate about art and we like giving to charity, so we came up with an idea to help charity and follow our passion at the same time,” said Amol.

Contributed Costco CFO Richard Galanti (left) and CEO W. Craig Jelinek meet with Chirag Vedullapalli and Amol Garg to discuss the young boys’ organization Creative Children for Charity. One of their events is the Canvas and Cupcake Fundraiser, selling paintings (above right) for Make-a-Wish Foundation.

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Costco CFO Richard Galanti (left) and CEO W. Craig Jelinek meet with Chirag Vedullapalli and Amol Garg to discuss the young boys’ organization Creative Children for Charity. One of their events is the Canvas and Cupcake Fundraiser, selling paintings (above right) for Make-a-Wish Foundation.

The seventh grade student at Pine Lake Middle School added that as he speaks both Hindi and English, art is his third language.

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Who’s News

May 22, 2012

Issaquah History Museums director wins county award

The Association of King County Historical Organizations recently honored Erica Maniez for her long-term leadership of the Issaquah History Museums.

The association chose Maniez for its 2012 Willard Jue Memorial Award, citing her 12 years of work in locating and digitally cataloging items for the museums’ collections, capturing oral histories of longtime Issaquah residents, providing local schoolchildren with educational programs and tours, and writing two books about local history.

King County Councilman Larry Phillips presented the award to Maniez at a ceremony at the Museum of History & Industry in Seattle.

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Skyline High School gives back

December 13, 2011

Hall Monitor By Monica Chon Skyline High School

Skyline High School is often referred to as a wealthy school, filled with spoiled and selfish students. However, during the week of Dec. 4, the students proved that these ignorant stereotypes were untrue by raising money for Make a Wish Foundation and Northwest Harvest during a spirit week.

The purpose of high school spirit weeks is usually to entertain the school and brighten up the students. Skyline’s spirit week had the same intention, in addition to giving back to the community.

Like most spirit weeks, each day of the week had a different theme, such as flannel day, winter wear day, and blanket or Snuggie day. And what is a spirit week without activities? Skyline hosted its annual Unplugged Acoustic Night as well as a Winter Wonder Night, filled with games and yummy food. All of the proceeds went to the Make a Wish Foundation.

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Who’s News

November 30, 2010

Girl Scout Troop, University House team for food donations

Girl Scout Troop 42669

Girl Scout Troop 42669 teamed with the University House of Issaquah for its autumn food drive. The troop of 11 seventh-graders from Pine Lake, Beaver Lake and Issaquah middle schools went to University House on Nov. 1 with their Halloween costumes and collected 467 pounds of food donations and $157 for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. Read more

Locals help grieving children

October 19, 2010

Grief is incomprehensibly difficult for many people, especially children.

Now, grieving children have a place to cry and bond with friends going through the same experience of loss. Former Mariners pitcher Jamie Moyer has reached out to children with his network of Camp Erin bereavement programs across the country.

Linda Treosti (far right) stands with some of her friends and volunteers in front of her horse trailer loaded with supplies this summer for its trip to Camp Erin. By Jane Quirk

The camp is named for 17-year-old Erin Metcalf, of Woodinville, who met Jamie Moyer through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. When Metcalf died of cancer in 2000, her family worked with the Jamie Moyer Foundation to set up a camp that would help children grieving from the loss of a loved one, a grief felt by Erin’s sisters and family.

The camps — 36 in all — are staffed by counselors and other volunteers, who help children manage their grief.

For the past few years, more than 20 volunteers from Issaquah have helped with the local Camp Erin at Camp River Ranch in Carnation.

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Cold Stone Creamery offers free ice cream Sept. 30

September 21, 2010

Whether on a cone or in a bowl, ice cream ordered at any Cold Stone Creamery on Sept. 30 will contribute setting a world record for the world’s largest ice cream social.

Issaquah’s Cold Stone will join 1,300 stores nationwide, plus others in Guam and Puerto Rico, to help set a record and benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Get a free ice cream from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 30, at the local Cold Stone, 6100 East Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.

Each participant will receive a free three-ounce ice cream, known as Kate’s Creation, a caramel apple ice cream mixed with graham cracker piecrust, chocolate shavings and apple pie filling — and named for the 11-year-old Tampa, Fla., girl who spearheaded the event.

In return, guests are encouraged to donate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Cold Stone offers free ice cream to set world record, benefit Make-A-Wish

September 21, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 21, 2010

Whether on a cone or in a bowl, ice cream ordered at any Cold Stone Creamery on Sept. 30 will contribute setting a world record for the world’s largest ice cream social.

Issaquah’s Cold Stone will join 1,300 stores nationwide, plus others in Guam and Puerto Rico, to help set a record and benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Get a free ice cream from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 30, at the local Cold Stone, 6100 East Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.

Each participant will receive a free three-ounce ice cream, known as Kate’s Creation, a caramel apple ice cream mixed with graham cracker piecrust, chocolate shavings and apple pie filling — and named for the 11-year-old Tampa, Fla., girl who spearheaded the event.

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Sick youth organizes walk-a-thon

September 14, 2010

The Hope, Strength, Joy team, organized by Cullen Rogers to raise money during the Make-A-Wish 5K, starts out on its walk (above). Rogers and his team of family and friends were the top individual, team and state fundraiser for the event. By Mitch Reinitz

When Cullen Rogers fell ill, the Issaquah community reached forward to embrace him with support. Now, Rogers wants to help other children living with life-threatening conditions by fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

At age 12, Rogers, a Bothell resident, found his fingers hurt him. His parents thought he had sprained them and told him to be more careful during gym class. But a later X-ray showed no sprain, and anti-inflammatory medication didn’t help his fingers recover. Read more

It takes a village to grant a wish

September 14, 2010

Crazy for a good cause, UW grads take on Ironmans

Best friends and University of Washington graduates Buddy Waddington and Kurtis Dane are putting their strength and persistence to the test with the hope of raising $10,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The crazy part?

They aspire to complete the Ford Ironman Arizona 2010 on Nov. 21, with no triathlon experience as of yet. An Ironman is the ultimate test of endurance, according to the team, with a 2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run, all in a row. Read more