A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus raises nearly $22,000 for Haiti school

June 19th, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus’s annual concert to benefit a school in Haiti raised far more money this year than previously.

Chorus member Mike Veitenhans tells me the chorus had hoped to raise $8,000. But shortly before Saturday night’s concert, a representative from the Mona Foundation, which funds the Georges Marcellus School in rural Haiti through donations, told the chorus that an anonymous donor had heard about the chorus’s fundraising efforts and promised to match whatever they raised, up to $10,000.

After informing the audience of that pledge match, audience members reached deep and donated $11,550. A few more donations rolled in after the concert, and with the anonymous donor match, the chorus raised a record $21,550.

The chorus has now raised more than $90,000 for Haitian school children in the last 15 years.

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6th annual Dick’s Drive-In Charity Walk-a-Thon is Sunday

October 4th, 2016 by Doree

Those dedicated Dick’s Drive-In walkers are back this year for the sixth annual walk to every Dick’s location to raise money for eight non-profits that help the homeless.

Sunday’s Dick’s Drive-In Round Up for Charity Walk-A-Thon starts at 10:15 a.m. at the Edmonds Dick’s, then heads to the Lake City Dick’s with an estimated arrival time of 1:30 p.m., Holman Road at 3:15 p.m., Wallingford at 5 p.m., Broadway at 6:30 p.m., and finally Queen Anne at 7:45.

Organizer Lars Phillips says local celebrities will lead separate legs of the event, including Seahawks third-round draft pick CJ Prosise.

Anyone who wants to walk can pay the $20 entry fee at Dick’s online store. Walkers can walk the entire route or just one or two legs or even form a relay team.

And Dick’s customers are encouraged to drop their change into the restaurant’s Change for Charity containers. Both Dick’s and local credit card processing company Gravity Payments have agreed to match up to $5,000 raised, meaning the walk could raise $15,000 for these local homeless organizations: Mary’s Place, Fare Start, Cocoon House, Roots, Operation Nightwatch, Compass Housing Alliance, First Place and St. Martin DePorres Shelter.

Last year 34 walkers participated and the event raised about $2,500. Organizers are hoping for at least 50 walkers this year and hope to raise a full $5,000 for the full match from Dick’s and Gravity Payments.

Check out the event’s Facebook page for more information and who is leading each leg.

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‘Dance Your Cash Off’ to support the students at Bureau of Fearless Ideas

September 21st, 2016 by Doree

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, our neighborhood’s free tutoring and writing center for kids, is hosting its annual “Dance Your Cash Off” fundraiser from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, at Hale’s Palladium in Fremont. This year’s theme is “Electric Karaoke Boogaloo.”

Dancers must raise at least $50 in donations to be eligible for dancing and prizes.

*Oh yes, there are PRIZES. Registered dancers earn “style points” for costumes, for moves, for great hair, or for great attitude, with top points-havers winning FABULOUS PRIZES. We are amassing a vast array of amazing giveaways including restaurant gift certificates, hotel stays, free services, and free stuff from all over Seattle, to be bestowed upon dancers throughout the evening. Plus, GRAND PRIZES include special packages for the highest fundraising team and individual, the team and individual dancer with the most style points, and best karaoke performance!

Our celebrity judges include acclaimed filmmaker Lynn Shelton, powerhouse performer Sarah Rudinoff, actor and impresario Rebecca Mmm Davis, comic El Sanchez, and artist and SubPop receptionist Derek Erdman!

Register yourself or your team online.

And just in case you missed it, BFI and its fundraising storefront, Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., recently moved back into headquarters at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N. after their building was seriously damaged in the March 9 natural gas explosion. The store was closed during those six months and tutoring moved to the Phinney Neighborhood Association. Both reopened for business two weeks ago.

Both the store and tutoring center are looking for more volunteers. Check out the info here.

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Spoke & Food fundraiser July 26 to raise money for Hunger Intervention Program

July 18th, 2016 by Doree

The 7th annual Spoke & Food fundraiser is from 5-9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, at 19 restaurants throughout the city, including three in our neighborhood. Just bike to one of the locations and they will donate 20 percent of your bill to the Hunger Intervention Program.

In our neighborhood, participating locations are the Barking Dog Alehouse, 705 NW 70th St.; Razzi’s Pizzeria, 8523 Greenwood Ave. N.; and Nutty Squirrel Gelato, 7212 Greenwood Ave. N. The first 20 cycling patrons at each location will get a Spike & Food drawstring backpack with goodies inside.

The Hunger Intervention Program provides meals, basic cooking skills and nutrition education to needy families.

See the Spoke & Food website for a list of all participating locations.

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Gumshoe detective walk looking for volunteer testers before August event

June 28th, 2016 by Doree

The Gumshoe, which leads participants on a fun 5 kilometer detective walk through the neighborhood to raise money for local nonprofits, is back for its 11th annual event Aug. 5-14. But before that, organizer Mike Veitenhans needs some volunteers to test drive his 30 clues to make sure they make sense.

During the test drive the Gumshoe answer man follows behind and eavesdrops to learn which clues need to be tweaked before going to print—he doesn’t want any Gumshoes taking a wrong turn and ending up in Poulsbo! Volunteers receive complimentary entry forms for their trouble, but still need to do the Gumshoe in August because the clues almost always change as a result of the test drive. If you’d like to do the pre-Gumshoe, email answerman@dothegumshoe.org.

Gumshoers do the 2015 walk.

Gumshoers do the 2015 walk.

Gumshoe entry fees ($20 each or $15 each when buying two or more), go to the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Elementary School PTA, and the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church Food Bank.

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Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus raises $7,500+ for Haiti school

June 27th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus filled Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church on Saturday night for its annual Haiti benefit concert. The chorus raised more than $7,500 in donations for the Mona Foundation, which supports the Georges Marcellus School in Guerot. That doesn’t include donations made to the foundation’s website, which haven’t yet been tallied.

9-year-old Josie Rough received a standing ovation after her solo at Saturday night’s concert. Photo by Ken Astrein.

9-year-old Josie Rough received a standing ovation after her solo at Saturday night’s concert. Photo by Ken Astrein.

The chorus has raised about $68,000 since its first fundraising concert in 2005, first for Lekol Pa Nou School in Pinchon, and then for Georges Marcellus School for the past three years.

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Phinney Neighborhood Chorus performs Haiti school fundraiser on June 25

June 13th, 2016 by Doree

Phinney Neighborhood Chorus is performing its annual concert to raise money for a school in Haiti at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Phinney Lutheran Church, 7500 Phinney Ave. N.

The concert is free with all donations going to the George Marcellus School in Haiti. Last year’s concert raised $7,620 – enough to cover the school’s entire budget for one year.

The chorus has raised more than $60,000 for two Haiti schools in the last 12 years. The chorus’s motto is “Sing local, act global.”

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International humanitarian and hero of ‘A Long Walk to Water’ to visit Daniel Bagley Elementary Wednesday

June 6th, 2016 by Doree

International humanitarian Salva Dut, a former “Lost Boy” who was featured in the 2010 book “A Long Walk to Water,” will visit Daniel Bagley Elementary on Wednesday to thank students for raising money for his nonprofit Water for South Sudan, which provides access to clean drinking water.

Daniel Bagley is located just on the other side of Aurora Avenue, but its boundaries include the east side of Greenwood and Phinney Ridge.

One of Bagley’s classrooms of 4th and 5th graders raised more than $6,000 to win WFSS’s Iron Giraffe capital campaign challenge, which is raising money for new wells and drilling equipment. The class has held bake sales, lemonade stands and hand-written donation request letters. The P5 classroom is still raising money; you can donate online here. Dut is visiting the school as a thank you for winning the fundraising challenge.

The school is hosting an informal potluck open to the community from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the school at 7821 Stone Way. Salva will speak at 6 p.m. and then sign books. The event is free; bring food to share if you can. (You can find more information about Dut’s visit to the school on the school’s website.)

After fleeing Sudan’s civil war in the 1980s to first Ethiopia and then Kenya, Dut eventually resettled in Rochester, New York, as a refugee, attended college and then founded Water for South Sudan. He now lives most of the year in South Sudan, overseeing WFSS’s drilling operations. You can find out more about Salva Dut’s story here.

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Viewlands Elementary needs $25,000 to finish funding playground improvement project

May 5th, 2016 by Doree

Viewlands Elementary’s Parent Teacher Student Association is just $25,000 away from fully funding its playground improvement project, scheduled to begin this summer. The project is funded by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, a King County Youth Sports Facilities Grant, and many community donations.

The PTSA’s Spring Legacy Campaign hopes to raise the final $25,000 by June 10 to fund the remaining components of the project, including the embankment slide with rubber surfacing and a log and boulder seating area.

Click here for the donation form, where you can also order an engraved brick or paver for the new play area.

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