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Stone Soup Theater seeks support through Indiegogo campaign

November 12th, 2014 by Cara

From Stone Soup Theater's Facebook

From Stone Soup Theater’s Facebook

Stone Soup Theater located on Stone Way is a non-profit organization offering an intimate and education theater experience. Each season Stone Soup produces 4 MainStage shows, 3 youth performances, along with after-school and summer programs. Since its inception in 1996 and first performance in 1999 Stone Soup Theater has been a part of the Fremont and Wallingford landscape. According to the organization their Downstage Space “ hosts a total of 3,500 patrons every season.”
Like many small non-profits Stone Soup Theater seeks assistances in several ways from financial contributions, equipment donations, and help from volunteers. Each person who attends a performance contributes as well through tickets sales, participation, and word of mouth.
Stone Soup’s current fundraiser is their annual Indiegogo campaign with a goal to raise $5,000 in 5 weeks. Stone Soup Theater hopes to use these funds to offset recent rent increases and other facility related expenses. Less than two weeks remain in the campaign and Stone Soup still needs additional support.
They have asked the community for help:
Even if it’s only $5 or $10, we are grateful for any support you can give us.
Visit our Indiegogo page, peruse our fun videos and photos and donate! Don’t have money to donate? That’s okay! You can forward this email to your friends and fellow theatre aficionados and tell them about this great opportunity to support live theatre through their donations. Share our Indiegogo link on your Facebook, Twitter, Reddit,…anywhere: www.indiegogo.com/projects/5-000-in-5-weeks/x/4942588#home
Thank you for your support!
Sophia Schloss in “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” 2011 Photo by Armen Stein

Sophia Schloss in “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” 2011
Photo by Armen Stein

Stone Soup kicks off the holiday season on December 5th with two short plays: A Child’s Christmas in Wales & The Long Christmas Dinner. The productions will run through Christmas Eve, for showtimes and ticketing information click here.

Read about the full Stone Soup Theater story from Artistic Director Maureen Miko here.

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It’s Time for the Fremont Troll Stroll!

April 10th, 2014 by Cara

Of course Trolls stroll! And so should you! The 13th Annual Troll Stroll takes place this Saturday April 12th from 1:00-5:00PM throughout the Fremont Neighborhood.

What does this Troll Stroll entail? Besides a fabulous rhyme, it also supports The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, while participants get to enjoy some sipping and tasting their way through Fremont. That’s right, as participants stroll about the Center of Universe they get to do a Fremonster’s favorite activity: eating and drinking.

Remember, this is consumption for a cause! The event benefits The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, whose focus is searching for a cure to this disease which affects approximately 30,000 people in the United States.

“Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-threatening, genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. People with CF inherit a defective gene that causes a buildup of thick mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs.” – from cff.org

While research and new developments have increased the life expectancy for those with Cystic fibrosis there is still much to be done. So this Saturday do what you can, have a drink, and raise awareness!

Today is the last day to register at the $45 price ($60 day of) or there is the option for VIP Check-In for $75 ($20 tax deductible). Participants receive a drink ticket for each participating bar and select appetizers will be available as well.

Participating locations include:

Nectar Lounge
Norm’s Eatery and Alehouse
Ballroom
The Dubliner
High Dive
Nickerson Street Saloon
Red Star Taco Bar
9 Million in Unmarked Bills
The Red Door
LTD Bar & Grill
Woodsky’s
The George & Dragon Pub

Fremont Troll Stroll

 

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Washington Poison Center Wine Tasting Fundraiser Oct. 7

September 27th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Mr. Yuk and Tracy Taylor of KING-5 News will be the hosts of the annual wine tasting to benefit the Washington Poiston Center. Guests will taste wine from around the world, sample hors d’oeuvres from Kaspars, and celebrate the winner of the annual award for a business that makes a difference in poison prevention, Umpqua Bank. There also will be a silent auction.

The event takes place at Fremont Studios on October 7th between 6:30 and 9:30 pm.

The Poison Center notes that it is more important than ever to get people to attend this year’s fundraiser because of unexpected budget cuts. Normally, 53 percent of its calls concern children younger than 5. This number is starting to edge up to nearly 60 percent.  Additionally, the calls from adults are becoming more serious in nature, which is problematic since poisoning is the No. 1 cause of accidental death in Washington state and has been since 2006.

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Fremont Rotary Wants To Put A Net On Malaria

June 9th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Fremont Rotary (aka The Fremont Fun Club) is determined to raise as much money as possible to purchase $10 mosquito nets that will be donated to families in Zambia. They’ll be doing so by sponsoring a community fundraiser dedicated to purchasing nets on Thursday, June 16, 5:30-7:30pm at Fremont Studios (155 North 35th Street).

The event will consist of live music, a movie preview, a silent auction, and delicious appetizers from co-sponsors, Silence-Heart-Nest and Tall Grass Bakery. Of course, there will also be information on the Rotary Partnership to Eradicate Malaria in Zambia. This partnership was initiated two years ago by Seattle Rotary #4 and PATH, a leading nonprofit global health organization headquartered in Seattle.

The entry donation is $20 per person and 100% of the proceeds will be going to purchase nets.

“All of the $20 donation paid at the door will be used to buy nets,” said Rotarian Shoshanna Osterfeld, “and they’ll be distributed in Zambia by Rotarians and community health workers, so we can be sure they’ll reach the families who need them most.”

Check out the full brochure for the event here (PDF).

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Fundraiser and memorial scheduled for fire victims

June 14th, 2010 by Geeky Swedes

Neighbors are gathering tonight at 330 NW 41st St (map) for a potluck fundraiser starting at 6 p.m.

Jessica Vets with the Fremont Chamber tells us that “This gathering will be a place to make donations, come and share grief and support the family.” Bring some “food, donations, a hug, a joke or a tear,” Vets says.

So far an account has not been set up for people to make direct donations to, although Vets tells us that it’s in the works. Until then, people can drop off donations at the Red Door (3401 Evanston Ave N) or attend tonight’s potluck.

A public memorial service for the victims of the fire has been scheduled for this Friday at Key Arena from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (please note this is a change of location).

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Dine Out, Save a Life

April 28th, 2010 by Athima Chansanchai

Three Fremont establishments – Blue Moon Burgers, Caffe Vita and Costas Opa Restaurant – will give customers a chance Thursday (April 29) to donate back 30% of each diner’s bill back to Lifelong AIDS Alliance, which provides services to those living with HIV/AIDS, including cooking and delivering fresh meals and groceries, providing health insurance and ensuring they have a safe place to live.

Dining Out for Life

Here is a complete list of participating restaurants – 142 in Seattle – for the 17th annual charity fundraiser, which has supporters in eateries hroughout King, Kitsap, and Snohomish Counties.

Last year, Lifelong was able to raise about $225,000 during the one day campaign.

Here’s an even sweeter deal, if just doing good isn’t incentive enough: make a donation of $25 or more on the night of Dining Out For Life and become a member of the 20% Off Tuesdays club, exclusive to Dining Out supporters. As a member of 20% Off Tuesdays, you will receive 20% off of your table’s food bill on Tuesday evenings throughout the year.

Participating 20% Off Tuesday restaurants are 94 Stewart, Abbondanza, Alexa’s Garden Cafe, Broadway Grill, Coffe Club Diner, Gandhi Indian Cuisine, Louisa’s Cafe, Mark Restaurant, Peaks Frozen Custard, Rachel’s, Romio’s in Greenwood, Sazerac, Skylark Cafe, Tango, Twisted, and Ventana.

Lifelong AIDS Alliance is committed to preventing the spread of HIV, and to providing practical support services and advocating for those whose lives are affected by HIV. Lifelong is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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Haiti fundraiser at Leary Traveler tonight

March 9th, 2010 by Geeky Swedes

Tonight is the fundraiser to help send Ballardite Tracey Higdon back to Haiti to help with the non-profit Friends of the Children of Haiti (FOTCOH).

Higdon is on the left with a line of incoming patients behind her.

As we previously wrote, Higdon volunteered at the medical clinic last year long before the January earthquake. While there, she will manage the repair and re-painting of the medical clinic used by FOTCOH. The ten-year-old building is one of the last standing clinics in the region and Higdon says it will soon deteriorate if it is not properly sealed and repainted.

“A blitz of patients,” Higdon says.

Her goal is to raise $6,000 which would cover her travel, supplies, and hire labor in Haiti. Higdon knows the team of workers she will hire and tells us that each one of them has lost their home.

Tracy isn’t the only one who could benefit from tonight’s event. There will be raffle prizes donated by local businesses including:
-Two night stay at the 4-star Edgewater Hotel
-Free 1-month memberships to the LA Fitness in Ballard
-Paint from Miller Paint in Ballard
-Dinner at Mulleady’s Irish Pub in Magnolia
-Deluxe home coffee supplies from Starbucks
-Free 2-hours of services from OhBeckAndCall
-Free design consultation from One Earth, One Design in Shoreline
-Wine from Laurelhurst Cellars
-Services from Halo Salon downtown
-Dinner at Volterra in Ballard
-Cookbooks from local chef Becky Selengut
and more….

The fundraiser is tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Leary Traveler (4356 Leary Way NW.)

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Fundraiser to return Ballard woman to Haiti to help

March 4th, 2010 by Heidi

TraceytoHaitiFor two weeks in 2009, Ballardite Tracey Higdon volunteered at a health clinic in Haiti through the non-profit organization Friends of the Children of Haiti.  After January’s massive earthquake, the clinic near Jacmel is  now one of the last standing in the region.  On March 26, Higdon is returning to the country to organize a Haitian team to repair and repaint the building.  There will be a fundraiser and bon voyage party at The Leary Traveler (4354 Leary Way NW) next Tuesday, March 9, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. to help send Higdon to Haiti.  For more information, visit the Send Tracy Back to Haiti Facebook page or email Tracey2Haiti@gmail.com.  You can also read more about Higdon’s trip on our sister site MyBallard.com. (Thanks to Heather for the tip!) 

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Celebrate facial hair and help foster kids

January 4th, 2010 by Heidi

I know the new year just began but February is gearing up to be a month to honor facial fuzz.  The second annual Beard & Stache Fest is looking for one hundred contestants who want to boast their bushy beard or flaunt a fierce Fu Manchu.  100% of the money raised throughout the month will go to Treehouse, a local organization that helps children in foster care. 

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(Photo of last year’s winner, Brandon Cook from Seattle)

Organizer Amy Faulkner says they created the event to bring the community together in a positive way.  “The event is 100% community supported and volunteer run and we recognized the bond men have with their facial hair and knew it would create a fun event.” 

The event even caught the attention of Mike McGinn.  He swore in as Seattle’s new mayor today, but he’s already been sworn in as a Beard & Stache Fest contestant.  Faulkner says, “Mayor McGinn was not hard to convince to participate at all! He has been nothing but supportive of our event and raising money for the foster kids and Treehouse. Despite his very busy inaugural schedule he spent a few minutes of his time for the photo shoot and we’re very happy to have his participation.”

The Beard & Stache Fest officially kicks off on January 31 at 8 p.m. at Blue C Sushi (3411 Fremont Ave N).  There you’ll see photos of all 100 contestants on donation cans.  After that, contestant cans will be on display at businesses around Seattle in groups of five.  Throughout the month-long competition, several “hairy happenings“ are scheduled, including a cardboard tube fight, dance party and bearded lady competition.  It all culminates in an awards gala on February 28 that will recognize the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place individuals whose cans raise the most money for Treehouse.

Anyone who thinks they have the “chops” (sorry, I couldn’t resist) to join in the fun should apply here.  A photo shoot is taking place in the U-District this Wednesday, January 6, at 7 p.m.  More details will be given once your application has been received.

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Fundraiser for Fremont’s only public school today

October 2nd, 2009 by Heidi

If you see kids hanging outside B.F. Day Elementary School all day, they’re not skipping class.  Today all 16 elementary classes will spend a class period doing laps around the playground to raise money for their school. 

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B.F. Day is the oldest continually operating elementary school in the Seattle School District, and Fremont’s only public school.  Walk-n-Roll is an annual walkathon that funds enrichment programs for the school and is often used as a general ”rainy day fund” wherever needed. 

From 9:15-2:45, kids in kindergarten through 5th grade will have one-hour time slots to walk around a course on the playground designated by organizer Carolyn Kelley.  They’ll be wearing punch-card necklaces so the more laps they make, the more punches (and more money!) they’ll raise.  

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Kelley has been in charge of the event since its inception 11 years ago, when her son was a kindergartner at B.F. Day. (The above picture is from the very first Walk-n-Roll - thanks, Carolyn!)  Even with no kids left at B.F. Day, Kelley has continued the tradition.  She says,

I can’t imagine fall without this event.  We benefited so much from the loving care provided our small family that it is the least I can do.

If you’d like to help support the school, you can send checks to: B.F. Day Elementary School, 3921 Linden Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103.  You can also call Carolyn Kelley at 206-252-1750.

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