And I don’t mean a bag of skittles! Skittles, a sweet 8 week old purebred Shih Tzu puppy found a new loving home at the Holy Rosary School Heart Auction this past Saturday. Among other items of great interest was the “Girls Night Out at Palisades,” and a signed Pearl Jam poster for $1800. It was a great evening of fun and high bidding – totaling over $220,000! Congratulations.
Martini’s, cigars, wild glasses anyone? View couples photos here!
Candids of the silent auction and dinner are here!
The dice were flying and the bidding was furious at the annual Casino Night & Auction benefiting the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation here in Seattle. Over $60,000 was raised with patrons walking away with VIP Pearl Jam concert tickets, Dinner with Nancy Leson, a Sayulita getaway just to mention a few.
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affect both children and adults. My sister was diagnosed over 30 years ago and today lives a very active life despite the occasional flareup and trip to the ER. Having a local chapter in our own backyard has been most helpful.
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My sister has Crohn’s disease so I feel like I share it with her. It is my privilege to once again be on hand to photograph the annual benefit luncheon. Our good friend Lois Fink along with state representative Marko Liias helped pass a bill which would give individuals with certain medical condiditons the right to use employee only restrooms if necessitated by their disease. On May 11, 2009 ESHB 1138 was signed into law. Lois received the 2010 Mike McCready & Ashley O’Connor Award.
Mike McCready of Pearl Jam took a moment to pose with Elizabeth Smith (featured speaker) and her family. Elizabeth, 11 years old, has endured Crohn’s for most of her young life yet lives a normal kids life. She plays football, soccer, swims and loves to act!
Last up was Susan Ershler who along with her husband Phil were the first couple in history to climb the fabled Seven Summits including Mt. Everest. Most remarkable is the fact the Susan had never hiked or climbed until she met Phil at age 35. And Phil, battled Crohn’s all through his life as a professional mountain guide. We thank Susan for sharing her inspirational story. Look for their book “Together on top of the World.”
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Once again I was on hand for the annual CCFA Luncheon. The goal is to raise awareness and money in the hopes of finding a cure for this challenging disease.
As usual Mike McCready of Pearl Jam was on hand. Here he is with my sister and Barry from Boston! Got tickets for the Pearl Jam concert in Boston??