State Rep. Tana Senn is ready to serve

September 24, 2013

Mercer Island City Councilwoman Tana Senn is the state’s newest lawmaker, having been appointed to fill the 41st District state representative seat vacated by Marcie Maxwell.

The Metropolitan King County Council appointed her Sept. 9. Senn was the top choice of local Democratic Party officials to fill the vacancy created by Maxwell’s decision to join Gov. Jay Inslee’s education staff.

Rep. Tana Senn

Rep. Tana Senn

Since her appointment, Senn, 42, has hit the ground running, meeting with 41st District mayors, and attending local events in the district that stretches from the northern parts of Renton to the southern parts of Sammamish, encompassing Mercer Island and Newcastle, and parts of Issaquah and Bellevue.

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Time runs out for end-of-year donations to nonprofit organizations

December 31, 2012

NEW — 2 p.m. Dec. 31, 2012

The need is up nonprofit organizations, but as donors start to make out checks for year-end donations, local organizations sometimes struggle to stand out in a field crowded with requests for giving.

In King County, end-of-year charitable giving to nonprofit organizations is on the to-do list for many donors. The average person makes 24 percent of annual donations between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, according to research from the Center on Philanthropy.

Issaquah and the Puget Sound region maintain a long-held reputation for generosity to charitable causes. The key for nonprofit organizations to successfully solicit donations, local leaders said, is to highlight successes.

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Donors ‘GiveBIG’ to Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

June 5, 2012

The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG campaign generated $7.43 million in online contributions for nonprofit organizations May 2, including more than $2,000 for Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

During the 24-hour online event, people made donations to more than 1,100 area nonprofit organizations. The Seattle Foundation “stretched” the gifts by matching a share of every contribution from a pool of funds provided by corporate sponsors, individual contributors and the foundation.

FISH garnered $2,270 from 25 donors to benefit conservation and education programs at the hatchery.

Gifts started coming in at midnight and, overall, donors made more than 37,800 individual online gifts. GiveBIG attracted donations from all 50 states and 23 foreign countries.

Other local organizations participated in the fundraiser, and the Issaquah History Museums received more than $1,000 in donations.

Donors ‘GiveBIG’ to Issaquah History Museums

May 15, 2012

The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG campaign generated $7.43 million in online contributions for nonprofit organizations May 2, including more than $1,000 for the Issaquah History Museums.

During the 24-hour online event, people made donations to more than 1,100 area nonprofit organizations.  The Seattle Foundation “stretched” the gifts by matching a share of every contribution from a pool of funds provided by corporate sponsors, individual contributors and the foundation.

Gifts started coming in at midnight and, overall, donors made more than 37,800 individual online gifts. GiveBIG attracted donations from all 50 states and 23 foreign countries.

“GiveBIG brings together two of our region’s greatest passions — technology and philanthropy — in a way that truly excites and unites the people of King County,” former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice, The Seattle Foundation president and CEO, said in a statement. “I have never seen a stronger display of generosity and community spirit than what I witnessed today with GiveBIG.”

‘GiveBIG’ to local nonprofit organizations May 2

April 24, 2012

The Seattle Foundation is staging a day of charitable giving in King County — and people can donate to numerous Issaquah-based organizations and groups serving local residents.

The foundation’s GiveBIG fundraising is a daylong event May 2.

GiveBIG invites people to make donations to almost 1,000 nonprofit organizations, including the Issaquah Schools Foundation, Village Theatre, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, Habitat for Humanity of East King County, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, YWCA of Seattle-King-Snohomish and the Together Center.

Each donation made to the more than 1,300 nonprofit organizations profiled on The Seattle Foundation’s website between midnight and midnight receives a pro-rated portion of the matching funds, or “stretch,” pool. The amount of the “stretch” depends on the size of the stretch pool and how much is raised in total donations on GiveBIG day

Find a complete list of participating organizations and donation information at The Seattle Foundation’s website, www.seattlefoundation.org.

Donate to Issaquah organizations during fundraising drive

June 23, 2011

NEW — 11:30 a.m. June 23, 2011

The Seattle Foundation is staging the biggest day of charitable giving in King County history Thursday — and people can donate to numerous Issaquah-based organizations and groups serving local residents.

The foundation’s GiveBIG fundraising effort continues until 11:59 p.m.

GiveBIG invites people to make donations to almost 1,000 nonprofit organizations, including the Issaquah Schools Foundation, Village TheatreFriends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, Habitat for Humanity of East King CountyThe Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and the Together Center.

The donations can then be stretched further using funds from a $500,000 “stretch pool” provided by The Seattle Foundation and GiveBIG supporters.

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Greenway seeks donations during fundraising drive

June 21, 2011

June 23 offers a chance for people to donate to nonprofit organizations, including the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust.

Between 7 a.m. and midnight, donors can participate in The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG event. Join philanthropists across the region to contribute to the greenway and other nonprofit organizations. Donations made through the program qualify for matching funds.

People can donate at www.seattlefoundation.org. Follow the links for GiveBIG and the greenway.

In addition, The Seattle Foundation plans to randomly select donors throughout the day to receive a Golden Ticket. The foundation then plans to donate another $1,000 in the winner’s name.

Who’s News

March 29, 2011

Friends of Youth receives $20,000 grant

Friends of Youth recently received a $20,000 grant from The Seattle Foundation to provide general operating support.

Friends of Youth, which has an Issaquah branch and is celebrating its 60th year, provides a broad, comprehensive spectrum of shelter, housing, counseling and prevention services for young people and their families in King and Snohomish counties.

Bellevue College student wins award for interior design

Bellevue College student Anne Aristya, of Issaquah, won an award for excellence in Interior Design from the Seattle Design Center as part of its 12th annual Northwest Design Awards Competition, which celebrates the best of regional interior design.

Aristya took first place for her work in INDES 265 Design Illustration under the guidance of instructor Sandra Wilson.

Designers, architects and students competed with projects in 10 competition categories. A panel of local subject experts evaluated submissions through an anonymous process, measuring each project on the basis of proportion, composition, use of space, materials and appropriateness of the design solution.

This year’s categories were: bathroom, bedroom, commercial, hospitality, kitchen, outdoor living, student design, whole house (less than $400,000), whole house (more than $400,000) and yacht/jet.

More than 250 members of the design community attended the awards presentation at the Northwest Design Awards Gala.

A transition center of opportunity

January 12, 2009

Tavon Center offers a cozy learning space for young adults with disabilities

Matt Moeller, Tara Thorsvik, Sabah Vafaeezadeh, Sarah Lowe, Leah Parker and Tavon Center Activities and Programs Director Megan Wegner (from left) enjoy a fall outing at Cougar Mountain Zoo.Contributed

Matt Moeller, Tara Thorsvik, Sabah Vafaeezadeh, Sarah Lowe, Leah Parker and Tavon Center Activities and Programs Director Megan Wegner (from left) enjoy a fall outing at Cougar Mountain Zoo. Contributed

Three days a week, Leah Parker cooks, gardens and cares for animals at the Tavon Center in Issaquah. She also gets to hang out with her friends. Parker, 25, joined the center earlier this fall to take part in its new program. Located in Issaquah, the center is for young adults with mental and/or physical disabilities.

So far, Leah, who has a physical disability, has found the program both enjoyable and beneficial. It’s a place where she feels comfortable and can further her general life skills.

The Tavon Center, 24017 S.E. Black Nugget Road, opened in September and has spent the last few months getting its feet on the ground. But, it is now ready and looking for more young adults between the ages of 18 to 45 to join them.

The program is designed to help people with disabilities make the transition from school to work. The Tavon Center offers training in transferable skills with the ultimate goal of readying those who are able for jobs in the community.

Sue Parker, mother of Leah, feels that the program has been a great success. Read more