The Safe Crossings Foundation Annual Luncheon broke fundraising records once again this year! Thanks to our generous sponsors and donors, we raised more than $447,000 to fund services in support of children and teens following the death of a loved one.
Your gifts will help inspire resilience in families experiencing grief and loss by ensuring that counseling, peer support, bereavement camps, art therapy and other services are offered free of charge. As a result, many grieving kids in our community will be able to rediscover their joy and simply get back to being kids.
The luncheon was held on Thursday, October 12th, 2017, at the Seattle Sheraton, where over 600 community members were in attendance. In honor of this year’s theme, Inspiring Resilience, the event featured the following video to tell the stories of two families who found healing in unexpected ways after the loss of a parent.
As you’ll notice in the video, we were delighted to have two sets of teenage twin boys offer their experiences with loss, grief and discovering help through SCF-funded services. These four boys, Jackson, Tyler, Jack and Owen, were joined on stage at the luncheon by a third set of teenage twins named Ty and Damien. With their mother, Eva, Ty and Damien spoke about their time at Camp Erin, instilling in the audience what a life-changing opportunity camp can be for kids struggling with the death of a parent or sibling.
One of our greatest sponsors over the years, Nintendo of America, was honored at the luncheon as the 2017 Bridge to Healing Award Recipient for their strong commitment as an organization to the health of kids in our community. Nintendo has been SCF’s largest donor for over 15 years. Through many sponsorships of both the Annual Luncheon and the Northwest Conference on Childhood Grief, a generous employee donation match program, a corporate culture of philanthropy, dedicated employee volunteers, and even raffle prize gifts, Nintendo has made it possible for thousands of children to find the critical support they need after the loss of a loved one.
Flip Morse, Senior Vice President at Nintendo of America and long-time Safe Crossings Foundation Board Member, accepted the award on behalf of the company and shared his family’s story of grief and resilience through their experiences with various SCF-funded programs.
As the program came to a close, we even sent two lucky raffle winners home with: a new Nintendo Switch Gaming Console with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Game; and a night-out in Vancouver, B.C., including tickets to the Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins game and downtown hotel accommodations.
Safe Crossings Foundation, in partnership with other fantastic organizations, is honored to help such families Flip’s, the Wurzers, the Duffys, the Hellers and many more, made possible only by the generosity of our donors and corporate sponsors.
To all involved, thank you for making this such a wonderful afternoon. Above all, we, the staff and board of Safe Crossings Foundation, are humbled and grateful for the support we received from you, our community, to continue to bring help to grieving kids in need.
To our amazing sponsors, we could never have pulled this massive event off without you!
Nintendo of America, Peoples Injury Network Northwest (PINN), Providence St. Joseph Health, Wizards of the Coast
Auburn Mechanical Inc., Clark Construction Group LLC, Cochran, First Choice Health, Hermanson Company, MacDonald-Miller, Mortenson Construction, Pacific Project Management, Perkins Coie, Sellen Construction, Stoneway Concrete, University Mechanical Contractors, Inc., Williams Kastner
Anning-Johnson, Inc., DBM Contractors, Inc., ISEC, Inc., Johnson Controls, Inc., McKinstry, R.C. Hedreen Co., Sabey Corporation, Strong-Bridge Consulting, United Healthcare, VECA Electric & Technologies, West Monroe Partners
Aetna, Apollo Mechanical Contractors, ATS Automation, Delta Dental of Washington, Deupree Family Foundation, Expert Drywall, Kaiser Permanente, McClone Construction Company, The Nathanson Group PLLC, Slalom Consulting
We’re also grateful for our wonderful table captains, volunteers and luncheon committee members. Thank you for everything you did to help make this event a success.