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This free summer time family/friendly event featuring sailing fun, great food and valuable prizes, was also a great success as a fundraiser! Participant donations totaled over $6,000 for Hospitality House and over $1,400 for the Des Moines Food Bank.

Hospitality House is a unique program of rehabilitation for homeless single women and includes job training, counseling and housing assistance. The Des Moines Food Bank has seen demand rise and does its best to provide for the most needy among us.

The sailing social was held on six Thursday evenings, beginning July 7, and included a low-key race, conducted by The Three Tree Point Yacht Club, which was followed by a social hour with food, beverages, and generous prizes donated by local merchants.

This is an annual event, so if you missed it this year, join us next year on the first Thursday after the 4th of July.

For further information contact the Des Moines Marina at 206-824-5700 or Debra Valpey at 206-243-5566.


Two major events for the Highline Music4Life program are being held in
Des Moines in September. The Poverty Bay "Blues & Brews" event will be on Saturday, Sept. 10th at the Des Moines Beach Park beginning at noon and will feature several prominent "Blues" groups, including Left Hand Smoke, Rod Cook & Toast, Little Bill & the Blues Notes and the Fabulous Roofshakers.

The second event will be the Highline Music4Life "Instrument Collection Day" on the following Saturday, Sept. 17th, at the Des Moines Marina. This will be the first of what are intended to be annual springtime events to ask adults who have unused musical instruments in their garages or attics to donate them to the Highline Music4Life program. Both events are community-wide activities that are inspired by Des Moines Rotary with the active support of the Burien-White Center and SeaTac Rotary clubs.


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When: August 11, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Vino Bello
636 SW 152nd St., - F
Burien, WA 98166

Includes 1 glass of wine or other beverage of your choice and light appetizers.
Winning raffle tickets available!

Come and bring your friends to connect and learn about Southwest Seattle Business and Professional Women. This is an informal way to get to know each other. Bring business cards or promotional materials for your business, a happy attitude, and meet and network with other successful women in your neighborhood.

Meet Business and Professional Women's State President Eldean Montgomery, enjoy interesting conversations, and promote your business.


Business and Professional Women was founded in 1919 and promotes equality for all women. BPW builds powerful women through personal development and increased political and social awareness.


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Discover Burien is now accepting applications for their Event Partnership Program.
Discover Burien will partner with up to two new or established nonprofit organizations each year. The relationship will be as a supportive partner, not as the lead or event organizer. The partners will be selected by the Board of Directors at its November meeting.

The partnership may include but not be limited to:
Color and black-and-white copies at the Discover Burien office-- For an amount determined by the Board. (Additional copies can be made at the Discover Burien office and paid at the established rate.)
Promotion-The event will be listed on the annual Event Calendar, newsletter announcements, Facebook, etc.
Marketing-Assistance will be provided on a case-by-case basis.
Event logistics
Supplies-Tent, tables, chairs, etc.
Flat dollar amount sponsorship option
Other assistance

To apply for the event support opportunity, send a letter describing your event, how you would like Discover Burien to be a partner and why you believe your organization should be selected.


This week, President Obama appointed New Futures board member and UW professor Luis Fraga to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. This commission will develop a set of action proposals to give to the White House and the Secretary of Education for a policy agenda to improve the educational attainment of Latino students.
New Futures operates learning centers at four low-income apartment complexes in Burien and SeaTac. The nonprofit provides on-site children and youth, family, and community-building programs for over 1,800 people on an annual basis.
Fraga is currently Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement, director of the Diversity Research Institute, Russell F. Stark University Professor, and professor of Political Science at the University of Washington.
In a press release, New Futures staffers wrote, “New Futures is honored to have his dedicated participation as a board member, helping us ensure that children succeed in school and in life.”


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Local nonprofit, New Futures, that serves low-income children, youth, and families in Burien and SeaTac, will celebrate the academic achievements of four students at a May 4th benefit breakfast honoring the 2011 New Futures Scholars. The Sixth Annual Get Inspired! Breakfast, held at the Washington State Convention Center and emceed by KIRO's Angela Russell, features four Highline School District students who will each receive a $1,500 scholarship for higher education. Says New Futures Executive Director Mario Paredes, "It's a fabulous opportunity we offer to these students, to recognize their work and inspire their higher education endeavors. Not only do we hold the opportunity to inspire these four scholars, but also their families and friends, and the other youth throughout New Futures programs who aspire to reach for higher accomplishments."

Cecelia Arciga is the New Futures 2011 Scholarship recipient for Arbor Heights.


On Saturday, March 5th Hospitality House is having its annual Spring Fling Buffet Dinner.
This year it is being held at Highline Community College Student Union, 2400 S. 240th St. in Des Moines. The doors open at 6 p.m. The tickets are $50. Tickets may be purchased by calling 206-242-1860 or at Hospitality House’s website
Hospitality House is a homeless women’s shelter, located at Lake Burien Presbyterian Church in Burien.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Erin Hennessey, news director of KPLU FM radio. Mary Magdalene Choir of Seattle will provide music. The church of Mary Magdalene is a Christian community of homeless and formally homeless people. There will be a silent auction of Beds for Boats as well as a Raise the Paddle auction.
This year marks the shelter’s 10-year anniversary. In the 10 years, over 700 women have been served, and over 45,000 bed nights with an equal number of home-prepared evening meals were delivered. Residents, with staff assistance, prepared detailed weekly plans to take them from homelessness to stable housing and hope.


The Greenwood Food Bank currently has less than two palettes of holiday food, a dire situation for the holidays, according to Volunteers of America Western Washington, the organization that runs the food bank.

“This time last year we had seven palettes of holiday food," Patty Leach, program manager for the Greenwood Food Bank said in a Volunteers of America press release. "This year we only have two. Demand has been increasing, and we are struggling to meet the need."

Last month, the Greenwood Food Bank had an unprecedented number of clients visiting the food bank, according to Volunteers of America.

“In one month, our numbers grew to an additional 1,000 individuals served," Leach said in the press release. "We are currently serving 4,000 individuals each month. I have never seen that type of growth at our food bank."

Food donations have decreased this year, according to Volunteers of America. The Greenwood Food Bank needs nutritious, hearty food as well as holiday food items, especially frozen turkeys.


Before Thanksgiving dinner this year, Ballardites are invited to build up an appetite and do some good by participating in the fourth annual Seattle Turkey Trot, a 5K walk, jog or run to benefit the Ballard Food Bank.

Signups are now open for the 9 a.m. Nov. 25 event, which culminates at Golden Gardens. Last year, 1,100 participants raised more than $19,000 for the Ballard Food Bank.

The 2009 Turkey Trot, which featured participants in running attire or elaborate costumes and was won by New Yorker Nick Roosa in town visiting his sister, saw a huge leap in popularity in the event, with five times as many participants than in 2008.

For more information or to sign up, visit

Do good before digging in with 2010 Turkey Trot
Photo credit: 
Michael Harthorne

A trio of pilgrims prepares for last year's Turkey Trot. The Thanksgiving Day benefit for the Ballard Food Bank takes place Nov. 25.

Mayor and Greenwood resident Mike McGinn is working to combat hunger in King County through the Sept. 25 End Hunger Food Drive, during which volunteers across the county will collect food at participating grocery stores for those in need.

Donations made between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the North Seattle area will go to the Greenwood Food Bank.

Each month, the Greenwood Food Bank serves more than 3,000 individuals. Families, children, seniors and individuals with disabilities receive a three-day, nine-meal emergency supply of food. The Greenwood Food Bank also provides homebound seniors with monthly deliveries of food.

The participating North Seattle grocery stores are Greenwood Market (8500 Third Ave. N.W.), Shoreline Central Market (15505 Westminster Way N.), Greenwood Safeway (8704 Greenwood Ave. N.) and Greenwood PCC (7504 Aurora Ave. N.).

Photo credit: 
Michael Harthorne

Donations made in North Seattle during mayor and Greenwood resident Mike McGinn's End Hunger Food Drive Sept. 25 will go to the Greenwood Food Bank.

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