Thanks to you.
On Wednesday morning, April 30, 2014, community members from all around Seattle gathered together to celebrate 25 years of First Place at our Where Hope Begins Breakfast. Hosted at The Museum of Flight, this event was certainly one to remember.
The morning began with a captivating vocal performance by Board Member, Josie Howell, followed by a warm introduction by long time emcee, Linda Byron, and her two energetic 6th grade co-hosts, Mimi Kadir and Maryam Mohamed. I spoke about the powerful history of First Place and Board President Dan Seydel presented the forecast of our exciting future as the first Washington State Public Charter School.
This year’s guest speakers were individuals who experience the impact of First Place everyday–5th Grader, Riley James Bell and Imani Village resident, Joi McClure. Both shared meaningful stories about their challenges, goals, and relationship with First Place. Each demonstrated undeniable perseverance and inspiration that quickly brought the entire room to their feet in a roaring applause.
The joy, hope (and SUN!) that was felt on Wednesday morning shows the power of the incredible community that supports First Place. I am thrilled to say that we raised $66,915 through this event.
I extend a heartfelt thank you to each of you. Whether you are a long time supporter or new friend to First Place, thank you for standing with us. Because of you, students and families can have the education, resources, and support they need to overcome the challenges of poverty and crisis.
Acting Executive Director
If you were not able to join us for the Where Hope Begins Breakfast and would like to make a gift, you can donate online here.