Friends & strangers come together to get a woman and her son to safety

This is a thank you letter for all of you who gave to a stranger to help her and her son find safety this year.

A couple months ago, a Facebook friend of mine messaged me. It brought a smile to my face to see her name pop up in my messages box and we began catching up. She had reached out to me because she had a feeling I could help her with the terrible situation she found herself in. We came up with a plan to raise money so that she and her son could find a permanent, safe solution and used GoFundMe as a tool to raise these much-needed funds for her.

Here’s the original post that she and I crafted together:

Please join me in helping support a wonderful woman and her son move out of her abuser’s home. Her relationship with her now-ex (not the child’s father) became physically abusive recently, having escalated from verbal, emotional, and financial abuse that had built up slowly over time. When she discovered guns in the house that were not even locked up, she immediately got her son out of the house for both of their safety. She has done a remarkable job shielding her son from being aware of the abuse that has happened. This amazing woman, who works in the wellness industry and helps others, needs to stay anonymous to protect her grade-school aged child.

The dynamic between her and her now-ex changed when she moved in with him. He coerced her to quit her job (encouraging her to embrace stay-at-home mom responsibilities to then use that against her with verbal and emotional attacks and financial dependence). She has recently gone back to work and is taking additional steps to empower herself and keep herself and her son safe. She is inspiring and needs help now. She has been connecting with local DV services to explore additional ways of getting support but her options and local resources are limited and she has no extended family to turn to. Currently, she is staying at a friend’s house on a short term basis.

Because of the abuser’s insistence that she become financially dependent on him, she’s in need of some financial support right now. She is working again but needs to remove her child and herself from the home immediately. Let’s help her and her son get safe and secure.

Please join me in donating to her cause. The funds will be used for first-month rent, last-month rent, and a security deposit on a two-bedroom one-bath apartment in Seattle so her son can stay in his same school. The funds would also be used towards a moving service to help get her things out efficiently and safely.  If she raises more money than she needs for these specific costs, she will pay it forward and donate to another family with a similar need or a Local Domestic Violence Program.

Trust me in this, she is a kind, generous, and hard-working woman who gives back to her community and is taking all the steps she needs to empower herself and keep her and her son safe and protected. She is worthy of your love and support. If you can donate and share this with others, it would be so appreciated. We are so grateful for your support.

Today is a day we get to celebrate together! I received this update from her and shared it on the GoFundMe Page:

 “Thank you friends and strangers alike! By the generosity of all of you donors, as well as a multitude of private donations, I was able to successfully flee the situation. Between community resources and the kind words and donations, I nearly reached my goal and was able to get to a safe living arrangement for me and my son. I feel like the second I got the keys to my new place that my entire life changed. For the first time in a year, I felt hopeful and alive. Good fortune has come my way and I’m excited about this new chapter of my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping this to happen. I have already began donating time to a few of the organizations that were essential in helping me get back on my feet. I will never forget this experience and am overwhelmed at the kindness and generosity that still exists in this world. I will do my best daily to pay it forward in every way I am able. Thank you!!”

So thank you, friends, for all your generosity to help this wonderful woman and her son find a safe living arrangement. We are so grateful to all of you.

And to this woman, and all people out there reaching out for support to find safety for themselves and their children, I am so inspired by you. You are worthy of love and safety and support. Thank you, friend, for being brave enough to ask for support. We are so glad that you are now safe.

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Give Back: Fun event at Garage benefits Project Access Northwest (helping people get more access to healthcare)

by Keridwyn Deller

Join Project Access Northwest for a night of fun and games at The Garage on Capitol Hill in Seattle on October 15th, 2019 to bring health care to our neighbors in need.
Project Access Northwest is a local non-profit organization that partners with our region’s major health care systems and more than 1700 volunteer providers to provide life-changing care to low-income and uninsured patients.
Their “STRIKE! Down Barriers to Health Care” event is an annual fundraising party open to anyone interested in supporting this good cause.
Come on out on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at The Garage at 1130 Broadway, Seattle. The event will run from 5:30–8:30 pm and feature heavy appetizers, hosted beer and wine, and an opportunity to spend time with health care leaders in our community.
Last year’s event (see story here), 165 guests and sponsored helped Project Access Northwest raise $93,600, and they are aiming even higher this year.
Buy tickets in advance at https://projectaccessnw.org/strike
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Concert ECHOES on October 14 benefits Seattle’s forthcoming AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway

ECHOES is a multi-media, multi-disciplinary concert (featuring music, dance, and storytelling) on October 14 at the Moore Theatre.  Join performers including members of the Whim W’Him dance company, the incomparable Billie Wildrick and Justin Huertasthe Seattle Men’s and Women’s Choruses and more for this night benefitting Seattle’s forthcoming  AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway.

Tickets here.

More about the benefit concert:

The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway will present ECHOES, a benefit concert on October 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Avenue in Seattle. Hosted by Micki Flowers, a former health reporter for KIRO-TV and longtime HIV/AIDS advocate, ECHOES will feature music, dance, and storytelling from a diverse lineup of local activists and performers. Throughout the night, the audience will have opportunities to make donations toward this historic memorial.

The AMP, scheduled for completion in 2020, will be located in the plaza over Seattle’s Capitol Hill light rail station and the north edge of Cal Anderson Park. Utilizing various forms of public art and technology, the memorial will offer visitors opportunities for remembrance of, reflection on and participation in the ongoing fight to end HIV/AIDS.

“ECHOES is a celebration of life, a sharing of memories and a recognition of all those affected by HIV and AIDS,” said Jason Plourde, project manager for The AMP. “ECHOES will offer an opportunity to experience our shared history, move toward healing and directly contribute to the creation of the AIDS Memorial Pathway.”

The concept for ECHOES was created by Michael Byron-Ingersoll, who will also serve as director of the concert. Byron-Ingersoll is a long-time activist and fundraiser in the greater Seattle community. He has worked with many AIDS organizations, including AIDS Housing of Washington, Bailey-Boushay House, Rosehedge, Multifaith Works and the Lion Building, among others. His professional acting and directing career includes work with SHOWTUNES Theatre Company, Village Theatre, ACT, Seattle Musical Theatre, Twelfth Night Productions, and Driftwood Players.

“I still feel the loss of dozens of my friends who battled HIV/AIDS,” said Byron-Ingersoll. “They will never be gone from my heart or mind, and they come alive when I speak of them and share stories about them. What I recall is an echo of the energy and spirit of who they were. That echo has been my inspiration for the creation of our concert. The stories we share and the performances we see are meant to help us experience the many echoes that we all carry in our hearts.”

Four Seattle area activists will share personal stories and recount how their lives have been impacted by HIV and AIDS:

  • DeAunte’ Damper recently made history when he was appointed the LGBTQ chair of the Seattle King County chapter of the NAACP, a first in the organization’s 110-year history. He also serves as a peer navigator for POCAAN, a multicultural social service agency serving marginalized communities in Seattle and greater King County.
  • Bill Hall is a Tlingit native from southeast Alaska and a longtime HIV/AIDS activist. He is currently working with the Seattle Indian Health Board and Urban Health Institute as an advocate for the city’s Native community. Hall is a standing Community Advisory Board member of both the Fred Hutch defeatHIV research program and Seattle Children’s Center for Diversity and Health Equity.
  • Pat Migliore has been a volunteer at Seattle AIDS Support Group (SASG) for the last 35 years and helped found the BABES Network, a program offering peer support for women living with HIV that is now a run by the YWCA. Pat has taught in Seattle schools for many years and currently teaches HIV and AIDS education to grades 5-12 and at local colleges.
  • Steve Parsons was the first co-facilitator of SASG. He also served on its board of directors and coordinated the organization’s volunteers for many years. He is the founder and executive director of OutKitsap (which continues as the Kitsap Pride Network).

Interspersed between the stories told by the speakers will be performances:

  • Alexandria Henderson is a frequent performer in local and regional professional theater. She has been seen most recently as Elle Woods in Showtunes Theatre Company’s Legally Blonde and Ali in the 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of Mamma Mia!
  • Justin Huertas is an award-winning playwright, composer, lyricist and actor. He’s best known in Seattle for his original musical Lizard Boy and for his most recent musical, The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion. His next musical, Lydia and the Troll, premieres at Seattle Rep in the spring of 2020. His acting credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Village Theatre and Tiny Beautiful Things at Seattle Rep.
  • The Seattle Men’s Chorus (founded 1979) and Seattle Women’s Chorus (founded 2002) comprise the largest community choral organization in North America. Both choruses stand out among the largest LGBTQ-identified choruses in the world. The choruses comprise one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest, most vibrant and successful music organizations, performing a range of classical and popular music. They are a leading voice for the LGBTQ community and provide a bold and powerful force for LGBTQ and social justice.
  • Nathan Young and Showtunes Theatre Company present unique theatrical experiences celebrating material from Broadway’s past, present and future with concert versions of rarely staged musicals, and are dedicated to the appreciation, preservation and advancement of musical theater.
  • Whim W’Him is an award-winning Seattle-based contemporary dance company founded in 2009 by former Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer and choreographer Olivier Wevers. It showcases innovative dance in collaboration with global artists. The company aims to provide a platform, centered on choreography and dance, for artists to explore their craft through innovation and collaboration and is committed to producing work that engages and challenges audiences.
  • Billie Wildrick is an award-winning actor and director based in Seattle. Her acting credits include the 5th Avenue Theatre’s productions of Pajama GameCarousel and Guys and Dolls; ACT Theatre’s VanitiesFirst Date and Das Barbecü; and Seattle Children’s Theatre’s Seussical. Her most recent directing credits include Annie at the 5th Avenue Theatre and The Champagne Widow at Café Nordo.

About The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway

The AMP, community driven and collaboratively funded, will use public art to create a physical place for remembrance and reflection, utilize technology to share stories about the epidemic and the diverse community responses to the crisis, and provide a call to action to end HIV/AIDS, stigma and discrimination. For more information about The AMP, visit theamp.org

 

Tickets to October 14th benefit concert here.

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GIVEAWAY: Find your favorite ciders at Cider Summit SEA at Lake Union Park in Seattle (September 6 & 7)

Cider Summit SEA is back for its TENTH annual event. Read on to learn how you can enter to win two tickets!

This delicious event takes place over two days in Seattle. This year, the event will have beautiful views of the water at Lake Union Park (adjacent to The Museum of History & Industry). Which means, pick out shoes that work on grassy lawns!

This year, the event, presented by locally-and-woman-owned Capitol Cider, will offer tasting flights in addition to 2oz pours.

How many options will you have to choose from? Great question! Over 150 ciders, meads, and cider cocktails will be offered, including regional favorites and international classics.  The event is Friday, September 6 from 3pm – 8pm (VIP session 2-3pm) and Saturday, September 7 from noon to 5pm.  Tickets are on sale now at https://www.cidersummitnw.com/tickets.

This event is a benefit for NW Cider Association, Seattle Humane, and The Institute of Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research.

To enter to win two tickets:

1. Make sure you’re signed up to receive SeattlePockets.com emails (see the “Sign Up for Blog Emails” box on the right at seattlepockets.com)

then

2.  Enter on Facebook by RSVP’ing on the Facebook Event Page, liking fb.com/cidersummit and fb.com/seattlepockets and commenting on Seattle Pockets FB page “I want to win #CiderSummitSEA tickets.”

and/or

Enter on Instagram – details at instagram.com/keridwyn.

You can enter on Facebook or Instagram or both. You can also get an entry into the giveaway by commenting on this blog post.

That’s it! I look forward to seeing you at #CiderSummitSEA!

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Enter by 8/25/19 at 11:59pm. All local, state, and federal rules apply.

 

 

 

 

 

Giveaway! Seattle Scotch & Beer Fest (April 19 & 20 – benefits Seattle Humane)

Love beer, scotch & whiskey? Well, you’re in luck because April 19 & 20 the Seattle Scotch & Beer Fest is taking over Fremont Studios for a delicious event benefitting Seattle Humane.
You can get your tickets here (as of publishing, there’s a discount on their website for advance tickets!)
Want to enter a pair of tickets? Here’s how:
Comment on this blog post for one entry. Then enter on either Facebook or Instagram (or both!)
Enter on my Facebook giveaway post here.
Enter on my Instagram giveaway post here.
It’s going to be one very tasty weekend. Prize includes 2 “Beer + Cocktails + 1 Spirit Flight” tickets. 
About the event:
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Enjoy 50 craft beers and ciders on tap, hand-crafted cocktails featuring Jameson Irish Whiskey, The Glenlivet Scotch Whisky, Avion Tequila and more.  In the Spirit Room, guests will discover two flight options – the Scotch Flight and the Whiskey-Inspired Flight. The Seattle Scotch & Beer Fest Bottle Shop, sponsored by Celebrity Cruises will offer bottles of the spirits sampled will be available for purchase (tax free).

Tickets to Seattle Scotch & Beer Fest are still available. Guests can choose from three admission types and have the option to purchase admission to limited-seating Top Shelf  Seminars. But hurry because ticket prices increase at midnight on April 18! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.scotchbeerfest.com.

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Support University District Food Bank by drinking wine and beer on July 27!

If you don’t regularly worry where your next meal is coming from, I encourage you to support a local food bank and help others in need. One great way to do this is through an upcoming experience, Seattle magazine’s tasting event Red, White & Brew” 2018 at Seattle Center on Friday, July 27! Proceeds of this event, produced in partnership with Washington State Wine,  will go to University District Food Bank.

I’ll be taking my mom to this delicious tasting event, where we will enjoy sips of wine and beer from over SIXTY award-winning wineries and breweries (scroll down for a list!) and bites from a variety of local restaurants.

Tickets here. 

Pro-tips for this event:

  • Eat a little something before. The bites are usually just that – you’ll want some food in your belly so you can enjoy the right amount of sips. I usually bring some nuts or a bar in case I need it (this is, after all, a drink event, not a food event).
  • Have your phone charged (hashtag #RWBSea). Snap photos of the wines and beers you love the most so you can find them later (not all events allow for sales onsite)
  • Bring a water bottle! Some of these events have great water sponsors, but when they don’t, you’ll be glad you have some with you.
  • Bring a bag or purse to keep flyers and any swag you might pick up
  • It’s ok to spit (or pour out). These events are about enjoying and discovering great wines and beer. You don’t have to drink the entirety of what’s in your glass. You’ll enjoy the experience more if you pace yourself and delight in the tasting experience
  • When talking with a pourer, you can position yourself a bit to the side to allow them to continue to pour to others while they talk with you. Be courteous to other attendees while you learn.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. You’ll likely be standing and walking a lot – seating is rare at these types of events
  • Treat a friend! Tasting is more fun with a pal. Since this is for a good cause, get a ticket for you and a friend as a way of saying thank you while giving back.

About the event (in their own words):

Join us at Seattle magazine’s tasting event of the summer: Red, White and Brew! Sample from local wineries, breweries and restaurants under the sun at Seattle Center.

Now in its seventh year, the event honors the winning wineries showcased in Seattle magazine’s Washington Wine Awards selected by a panel of the top local sommeliers and wine professionals. Red, White & Brew will also feature the winners from Seattle magazine’s second annual Beer Awards.

*PLUS! Proceeds from the event will go to University District Food Bank. Want even more ways to contribute? Bring a nonperishable food item or make a donation to enter to win the Red, White & Brew prize package with all proceeds going to University District Food Bank!

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PARTICIPATING WINERIES
Abeja
Ambassador Wines of Washington
Andrew Will Winery
Avennia
Betz Family Winery
Canvasback
DeLille Cellars
DenHoed Wine Estates 
Dusted Valley
EFESTE
Forgeron Cellars
Guardian Cellars
INTRINSIC
Kerloo Cellars
Kevin White Winery
Lauren Ashton Cellars
Long Shadows Vintners
Northstar
PepperBridge Winery & Amavi Cellars
Savage Grace Wines
Syncline Winery
Tenet Wines
The Walls
Tranche
Treveri Cellars
Two Vintners
Upchurch Vineyard
Woodward Canyon

PARTICIPATING BREWERIES
Chainline Brewing Company
Elliott Bay Brewing Co. 
Fremont Brewing
Icicle Brewing Company
Matchless Brewing
Pike Brewing Company
Redhook Brewery
Seapine Brewing Company
Silver City Brewery
Stoup Brewing
Sumerian Brewing Co.
Two Beers Brewing Co.
Urban Family Brewing
Wander Brewing

Donate Blood on May 1 at Century Ballroom!

Century Ballroom is organizing a blood drive with Bloodworks Northwest. Join us and support others in the community on May 1.

Schedule your appointment here:
https://schedule.bloodworksnw.org/DonorPortal/GroupLanding.aspx?s=468A

You can donate every 56 days. The donation part of your appointment only takes about 10-15 minutes. I donated in February and will donate at Century Ballroom again on May 1. I was surprised how easy it was to do and the impact is huge. 

Be sure to hydrate and eat food before you donate.
Please sign up to donate: here: https://schedule.bloodworksnw.org/DonorPortal/GroupLanding.aspx?s=468A.

After signing up, RSVP to the Facebook event page and invite friends to help spread the word! FB event page: http://bit.ly/cbbdmay.


Reasons to donate blood:

Each donation can save up to 3 lives.
You or someone you know will need blood. Pay it forward.
To give one pint of blood takes only 10 minutes (you’ll be scheduled for approximately one hour, to do the paperwork, etc.).
You’ll have your own reasons – mine was knowing I could be of use.

What to Expect:
Donating blood is safe and easy
Takes 45-60 minutes (ONLY 10-15 of that is giving a pint of blood)
Most healthy people can donate: https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/eligibility#conditions

How to prepare:
Eat a good meal
Drink plenty of fluids
Make sure you are feeling healthy
Bring photo ID

To make sure you can donate, visit:
https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/eligibility#conditions. 

Questions about eligibility? Contact the clinical specialists at Bloodworks Northwest: ClinicalP@BloodWorksNW.org or call (206) 292-2543.

More info on Century Ballroom’s website: http://www.centuryballroom.com/home/events/blood-drive

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Bloodworks Northwest is the chosen and sole provider of the blood used in 90+ local hospitals in the Pacific Northwest including the following Western Washington hospitals and clinics: UW Medical Centers, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Swedish Medical Centers, Kaiser Permanente, and more!