Monday, October 31, 2011

Prevention Summit & DEA Drug Take-Back Day held in Yakima

The 2011 Washington State Prevention Summit was held at the Yakima Convention Center on Oct. 28 and 29. The goal of the Prevention Summit was to inspire both kids and adults in our community to help put an end to drug and substance abuse in Washington state.

KNDO-TV in Yakima stopped by on Friday afternoon to see kids and adults rallying outside the convention center to help spread the word about the importance of drug and alcohol abuse prevention. Jim Cooper, president of the Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention, and Margaret Shield from the Take Back Your Meds coalition both spoke at the event.

In addition to the Prevention Summit, on Oct. 29 law enforcement agencies throughout Yakima County participated in the nationwide DEA Drug Take-Back Day. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. there were various prescription and over-the-counter drug take-back locations setup throughout the county. Hundreds and hundreds of pills were collected for safe and proper disposal.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Gene Juarez partners with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to offer in-salon mammograms during October

Last week KOMO-TV visited the downtown Seattle Gene Juarez Salon and Spa to meet some of the women receiving in-salon mammograms. Participanting women not only received a mammogram screening, but they also enjoyed a complimentary relaxing mini hand treatment or foot soak, a soothing cup of tea and a special gift.

The screenings are continuing today at the Redmond Town Center Gene Juarez, and on Thursday, Oct. 27 at the South Hill Mall and University Village Gene Juarez locations.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Microsoft and Kemper Development partner to support Tateuchi Center

MicrosoftCorp. and Kemper Development Company today announced a joint commitment to contribute $2 million to the Tateuchi Center Campaign, to build a state-of-the-art performing arts center in Bellevue, Washington. The two companies have pledged $1 million apiece to the center, which will feature a 2,000-seat Concert Hall and 250-seat Cabaret, and bring nationally and internationally acclaimed music, theatre, and dance to the Eastside.

"I want to thank Microsoft and Kemper Development, not only for this important gift, but also for their recognition of Tateuchi Center as a game-changing initiative that will help secure a brighter future for the performing arts throughout the Pacific Northwest,” said John Haynes, Executive Director and CEO of the Tateuchi Center. “Today’s contributions build on the $25 million gift made last year by the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation and on other more recent commitments made by people across the community. Their ongoing support of the Tateuchi Center Campaign, especially in the midst of these challenging economic times, signals a recognition of the importance of nonprofit organizations in community-building, job creation, and our quality-of-life that I hope will echo throughout the region and inspire others to follow their example. This is what leadership looks like!"

Recently, Microsoft Corporation and Kemper Development Company have committed financial support to opposing sides of Initiative 1125, the tolling initiative which will appear on November’s ballot. Today’s announcement reflects both companies’ intention to commit financial support toward a priority they both share for the Eastside community.

“Political debate and discourse is a normal and healthy part of our political system, however, we must not lose track of our shared priorities in the process,” said Kemper Freeman of Kemper Development. “Today we have chosen to make a commitment to the Tateuchi Center in Bellevue instead of making additional investments on opposing sides of an expensive political campaign.”

“While our two companies are obviously on opposite sides of Initiative 1125 and both sides will continue to make our arguments, we’re pleased to have this opportunity to partner with Kemper Development and invest in this important community project that will make the Eastside an even better place to live and work,” said Microsoft general counsel and executive vice president Brad Smith.

Today’s announcement represents Microsoft’s third contribution to the Tateuchi Center to date, after providing funding of $1 million in 2006 and $100,000 in 2008. Microsoft has a longstanding commitment to community investment in Washington intended to enhance the academic, cultural, economic, community health, and social vitality of the state. This includes Brad Smith’s tenure as co-chair of the United Way of King County’s fundraising campaign last year, which saw King County raise $120 million in donations, more than any other United Way in the country. It also includes providing cash grants for capital improvements to local nonprofits such as Plymouth Housing; YWCA Family Village in Issaquah; YMCA, Village Theatre; Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center; the Museum of History and Industry; Seattle Aquarium; Seattle Art Museum; Solid Ground at Magnuson Park; and the Technology Access Foundation.

With this donation, Kemper Freeman, Jr., a dedicated community leader, continues his family legacy of community service and his decades of support for the arts, human service and education in Bellevue and the Eastside. As chairman and CEO of Kemper Development Company, he has supported the creation of a performing arts center on the Eastside for the past 26 years. In 2002, he announced his intentions to donate land valued at over $8 million for Performing Arts Center Eastside (PACE, now known as the Tateuchi Center) and has been a strong supporter of the Tateuchi Center, undertaking many leadership roles. Currently, he is co-chair of their capital campaign.

Additional philanthropic endeavors include co-chairing the $25 million capital campaign to build the Bellevue Arts Museum and millions of dollars in cash donations and in-kind support to valued organizations such as Bellevue LifeSpring (formerly Overlake Service League) that is located in Bellevue Square, Bellevue Arts Museum Arts Fair, Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Youth Eastside Services, Seniors Making Art, Eastside Heritage Center, and most recently through Fashion Week raised thousands of dollars for The Moyer Foundation.

Kemper Development Company and Microsoft Corporation to make major announcement

Kemper Development Company and Microsoft Corporation will make a major announcement today at 2:30 p.m. at The Bellevue Place. Details to come as soon as the announcement is made...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Gene Juarez partners with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to offer mammograms in salons during October

Gene Juarez Salons and Spas has partnered with the Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to provide mammograms in salons throughout the Puget Sound region during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Women who schedule a mammogram in a Gene Juarez Salon and Spa will also enjoy a relaxing mini hand treatment or foot soak, a soothing cup of tea, and a special gift.

Women must bring their photo ID, insurance card, and their normal co-pay to the scheduled appointment. Those that are uninsured are available for a free screening if they are over 40 years old and are income eligible, but if they are not eligible it is $150.

The schedule is listed below, with three days still remaining.

Mammogram Schedule:
IN-SALON from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • October 14 – Northgate Mall
  • October 19 – Bellevue Galleria
  • October 20 – Downtown Seattle
  • October 20 – Tacoma Mall
  • October 25 – Redmond Town Center
  • October 27 – South Hill Mall
  • October 27 – University Village

MOBILE COACH from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. To schedule your appointment call 425.899.2831 ext. 4 or visit
  • October 19 – Alderwood Mall

    Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    770-KTTH AM is hosting the "Medic One Foundation Day" today, October 19

    770-KTTH AM is hosting the "Medic One Foundation Day" today, October 19, from 6am to 7pm to raise $400,000 to train 18 new paramedic students enrolled in the Medic One Paramedic Training Program. Encourage friends, family and co-workers to tune in or head to and click the link to donate!

    Thursday, October 6, 2011

    Overlake Hospital Auxiliary and Henredon & Schoener Pair Up for Perfect Settings

    Overlake Hospital Auxiliary is teaming up with Henredon & Schoener for the Perfect Settings fundraiser, to help raise money for the Cancer Center at Overlake Hospital. The event runs from November 3 to 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. each day at the Henredon & Schoener furniture store at Lincoln Square in Bellevue, Wash.

    Decorated dining tables will be on display and the public is invited to stop by, look at the exhibits and buy a raffle ticket to be entered to win all of the decor items from the table of their choice. The tabletop designs may include china, silver, crystal, serving platters, floral arrangements and other accessories.

    Raffle tickets will be available for purchase during store hours and are priced at $20 each. Overlake Hospital Auxiliary members will handle all ticket sales in the store. In addition, there is an exclusive cocktail pary on Saturday, November 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Henredon & Schoener. Tickets for the cocktail party are available to the general public and are $100 each.

    For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, please contact Muffie Signalness at 425-688-5529 or