Issaquah Challenge Race on July 18th

It isn’t too late to sign up for the Issaquah Challenge Race!

If you want to volunteer to help at one of the races, know of a responsible student (between 4’8” to 5’2” and up to 130 pounds) who would like to learn how to be a driver of the gravity race cars, OR if you know of someone with cognitive or physical disabilities who would enjoy being a co-driver, let us know!

Please contact Abbey White: abbey.white@lifeenrichmentoptions.org for more details or how to register for the races.

July 18th – Issaquah

August 22nd – Sammamish

August 29th – Oak Harbor

September 19th – Snoqualmie

Caring Community Award presented to Eli and Jim Dever

img5Annually, Issaquah has the Community Awards banquet where the city, chamber and local organizations honor exceptional volunteers and those who have given many years of service to the community.

Three years ago LEO introduced the first Caring Community Award to honor those who have done exceptional work in promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities into community activities.

This year, LEO’s Executive Director presented the Caring Community Award to a very surprised father and son team, Jim and Eli Dever. Eli was acknowledged for his kindness as a repeat driver in the Issaquah and Sammamish Challenge Series races over several years. “Eli was always the driver we could count on to show special care to even the most impacted of the co-drivers”. Eli has now outgrown the ability to fit into the race cars and has been ‘retired’. His actions have set the new standards for all future drivers to live up to.

Jim Dever was honored for the work he has done in making videos to explain how a LEO home functions and how the residents add to the life of the community. Jim has also been instrumental in volunteering at local Challenge Series races and presenting the races on Evening Magazine.

Mother’s Brunch 2015

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Thank you to all who attended our Mother’s Brunch in celebration of moms of kids with developmental disabilities this year. We had a packed house with families enjoying the wonderful brunch provided by the catering team at Swedish Hospital and the melodious sounds of Tim Scallon. Tavon Center provided the fun flower pot activity that brought out the creative side of kids young and old. For those of you who missed out on the fun, don’t worry, we will be doing it again next year!

An extra big thank you to all who made this event possible: Swedish Hospital, Nicole Yurchak, Tabitha Ryberg, Tavon Center, Megan Hamilton, Becky Gordon, Tim Scallon, and the many volunteers. We couldn’t have done it without you!

GiveBig 2015

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Thanks to all who participated in this year’s GiveBig Campaign put on by the Seattle Foundation. Because of your generosity, we raised the most we have ever raised during GiveBig! The total brought in drum roll please $3421!!! We were also just informed by the Seattle Foundation that they will also be sending us additional funds based on the total amount of money pledged (stretch pool). We were blown away by the success of this campaign and can’t wait until next year to go even bigger with GiveBig 2016.

Drum Drive

img2LEO is going offer a drum class taught by Shane Shook. Shane is a local musician and teacher with nearly twenty years of drum experience and has experience instructing people with developmental disabilities. To help outfit the class with drums and percussion instruments, we need some help. Do you have a pair of maracas or a type of drum that you no longer use and would be willing to donate to LEO for this awesome class? Spread the word and help us make this class happen! Stay tuned for more details on the Drum Class.

Challenge Races Coming Up!

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Get ready for the Annual Challenge Series Races! The first of six state-wide races will begin at the end of June in Spokane and finish up in September in Snoqualmie. If you want to volunteer to help at one of the races, know of a responsible student (between 4’8″ to 5’2″ and up to 130 pounds) who would like to learn how to be a driver of the gravity race cars, OR if you know of someone with cognitive or physical disabilities who would enjoy being a co-driver, let us know!

Please contact Abbey White: abbey.white@lifeenrichmentoptions.org for more details or how to register for the races.

June 20th – Spokane
July 11th – Richland
July 18th – Issaquah
August 22nd – Sammamish
August 29th – Oak Harbor
September 19th – Snoqualmie

Thank you for joining us on our Journey!

Over 200 supporters of our organization enjoyed good food, good company, and great singing at our 2013 fundraising luncheon, “It’s About the Journey.” The success of the event can be measured by the more than $90,000 raised to support our work of providing a quality life for those with developmental disabilities, as well as by the many smiles from the touching story of LEO’s history, as told by Rose and Leo Finnegan, and the inspiring performance by the Issaquah Parks and Recreation chorus class for those with special needs.

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Master of Ceremonies John Curley kept everyone entertained while also accurately describing the ever growing needs of the special needs community that LEO works so hard to support. The chorus’ touching rendition of the Josh Groban song,   “You Raise Me Up,” as directed by Sue Vigal and Howard McOmber, reflected the appreciation our organization, and those we serve, feel for all of our wonderful supporters.

Our sincere thanks go out to our sponsors and our raffle prize donors for their generous contributions. We would also like to express our heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended, and to those who sent donations to support our mission of building a caring, supportive community for our most vulnerable citizens. With your support, we are now closer than ever to our goal of a fourth adult family home, which will make dreams of independent living come true for five more young adults.