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Kids get a $230,000 helping hand

By Keegan Prosser on June 17, 2013 – No Comment

League President Jackie Devich and Jenni Martinez, a former recipient of the Operation School Bell program. COURTESY PHOTO

BY ROSE DENNIS

Assistance League of the Eastside Corks for A Cause was an enjoyable evening of fun, friends and philanthropy at The Newcastle Golf Club on April 27. This wine-themed event was attended by more than 350 guests who began the evening with wine tasting from five Washington wineries while bidding on a multitude of wine, experiences and fine dining during the silent auction. The guests then enjoyed a three-course dinner that was followed by the live auction.

More than $234,000 was raised to help those in need through the league’s philanthropic programs:

  • Operation School Bell, which provides new clothing to low-income school children to help build their confidence. The program helps 2,650 children in the Lake Washington, Bellevue and Northshore school districts.
  • Assault Survivor Kits provides personal care items to survivors of sexual assault, along with new clothing to replace items retained as evidence by police.
  • Starting Over Support provides baskets of basic household items for individuals and families fleeing domestic violence; and
  • Assistance League Outreach, which works with local agencies to provide specific needs in the community.

The four programs supported more than 5,000 people in 2012.

President Mike Ranz of SNC-Lavalin Thermal Power, a global company located on the Eastside, was this year’s recipient of the National Operation School Bell Award. It is given to a person in the community who has made a powerful Impact on the program. High school sophomore Jennifer Martinez spoke to the audience about the significance of shopping for new school clothes through the Operation School Bell.

The league has 138 volunteers. Since 1989, they have raised $3.3 million. More information is at eastside.assistanceleague.org

Rose Dennis writes about events in Bellevue and the Greater Seattle area. She lives in Bellevue.