Ready for some great news? Last Saturday’s annual Taste of Queen Anne set an amazing fundraising record. Our incredible community raised $233,000 to support our vital programs preventing homelessness, blowing out our prior record of $165,000. These are critical dollars that will help us expand our financial assistance and supportive services to more fully meet the needs of our clients. We also drew a record crowd of over 300 making for a fun, action-packed night. We couldn’t have done this without the extraordinary caring and generosity of all of you. A big shout-out to the village who made the Taste such a success:
- All of our business sponsors, with a special thanks to Title Sponsor HomeStreet Bank and Matching Gift Sponsor Metropolitan Market
- The hardworking, committed volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this event happen
- The fantastic restaurants who donated a yummy array of delicious food
- Each of the 39 table hosts who made this our most successful Gala ever
The single moment that captivated everyone in the room last Saturday was the powerfully heartfelt personal story shared by former Helpline client Rick Littleton. Something else that made this year’s Gala so powerful was a keen awareness by all of us of the times in which we live. Supporting the Helpline’s work is a chance for all of us to engage in a positive manner to the homelessness crisis that literally surrounds us. We are proof that our community is serious about acting for good. Together we are rolling up our sleeves to solve the revolving door of homelessness. Seattle’s rapid growth means more longtime area residents living in what was affordable housing, many of them seniors or families, are suddenly faced with rent increases of 50 percent, or even more. They come to us because an injury meant unpaid time away from work, or because a car broke down, or because of a new costly prescription, and without a safety net suddenly they are not able to pay their rent or utility bill. Working closely with partners to maximize our impact we respond with compassionate, fast, and easy to access financial assistance. We focus on whatever it takes to keep someone from becoming homeless in the short term, and then we focus on preventing the situation from happening again, ending the revolving door of homelessness.
We are living in troubling times, but I have hope because I have seen how our communities respond – with kindness, with caring, with action. There is power in unity, and collectively your support is having a tremendous impact for so many people. Thank you, so much, for all you do.