Thankful for the Support of Caring Community Members

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Artist and author Deb McCarroll donated one of her paintings.

When Deb McCarroll was eight years old, her mother took her on a journey through the streets of Albuquerque and the New Mexico desert. Deb’s book The Long Hot Walk tells her story of being raised by an “unshakable” mother with escalating mental illness. Deb, the author of two books and an artist whose paintings hang in more than a few downtown Seattle businesses, is just one of the wonderfully supportive community members who contributed to Guided Pathways’ first fundraiser, the Youth Empower Happy Hour, April 8th, 2015, at the Mt. Baker Community Club.

Not only did Deb design the logo for Youth Empower, she also contributed the proceeds from the sale of her memoir and a beautiful painting our guests happily entered a drawing to win.

Sponsored by Seattle Children’s Hospital and Amerigroup, our first fundraiser was an outstanding success by many measures – not the least of which is the outpouring of support we received from friends and family.  Our spirits are as bright as the beautiful sunshine and mild spring temperatures that graced our special day. We are thankful for the support of a caring community who believes in our mission and who have cheered us on from the beginning of our brief history as a family support organization.

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Guided Pathways Youth Peer Ashley Peoples shared her story.

The generosity of many helped make Youth Empower possible and contributed to our efforts to offer the support King County youth and families tell us they need and want.  Among those community members are our keynote speaker Dr. Leslie Walker, our program emcee Micki Flowers and Sean Goode who joined us to asks our guests to give. Talented pianist James Sears generously gave of his time and talent to fill the club’s hall with melodic sound.  Our own Ashley Peoples powerfully and eloquently told the story of how she progressed from a youth at risk for negative life outcomes to one whose experiences, lessons learned from them, life skills, and passion for mentoring lead her to the position of Youth Peer Coordinator at Guided Pathways.  Her testimony was authentic, deeply heartfelt and heart touching.

A special note of gratitude for volunteers Mary Sands, Wendy White, Tessa and Cayla Wells –your work helped our event truly shine!

On behalf of our Board, staff and the families we serve, thank you for caring and giving to Guided Pathways.  Your support means everything to us!

 

James Sears and his keyboard made beautiful music.

James Sears and his keyboard made beautiful music.

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Emcee Micki Flowers elevated the program as mistress of ceremonies.

Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Dr. Leslie Walker shared her knowledge and experience working with King County’s youth.

Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Dr. Leslie Walker shared her knowledge and experience working with King County’s youth.

Sean Goode encouraged giving.

Sean Goode encouraged giving.

Board Youth Representative Hunday Sylvester with Deja Slade, supporting our mission.

Board Youth Representative Hunday Sylvester with Deja Slade, supporting our mission.

Board Treasurer and founding member Ron Jaeger and wife Kathy joined us.

Board Treasurer and founding member Ron Jaeger and wife Kathy joined us.

Guided Pathways Office and Volunteer Coordinator Pam Romine, Amerigroup’s Nathasja Skorupa, Guided Pathways ED Susan Millender and Board President Jamie Weber

Guided Pathways Office and Volunteer Coordinator Pam Romine, Amerigroup’s Nathasja Skorupa, Guided Pathways ED Susan Millender and Board President Jamie Weber

Founding Board member Crystal Lyons, Micki Flowers, Sean Goode, Susan Millender and Dr. Leslie Walker

Founding Board member Crystal Lyons, Micki Flowers, Sean Goode, Susan Millender and Dr. Leslie Walker