Photo and Story by Scott Schaefer 
On Sunday afternoon (4/19) an oversized check for $12,000 was presented to (from left), Mike Werle, Executive Director of the Highline Area Food Bank, along with Normandy Park Mayor Shawn McEvoy, from Mick Purdy, co-owner of Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub, and John Nelson, Organizer of the event.
Despite requests from passersby, there was no evidence of an oversized deposit slip, nor any visible signs of Ed McMahon.
It was all part of a celebration that was held at BTB Advertiser Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub  Sunday for volunteers who helped make March 15th’s first-ever “Cove to Clover ” 5k run such a huge success. Free food and beverages were provided by the popular Irish Pub, which is quickly becoming the de facto fundraising headquarters of Burien (Mick’s holds at least one major fundraiser per quarter).
“The total raised was a huge surprise,” said Mike Werle, Executive Director of the Highline Area Food Bank. “I was hoping for maybe $5,000 tops, but when Mick told me the final tally, I was amazed. Just amazed.”
The $12,000 raised was the most raised for the Highline Food Bank from one event over the last year, eclipsing February’s “Empty Bowls ” fundraiser, which raised nearly $11,000.
As we first reported April 11th , monetary donations for the Highline Food Bank are actually up this year, while food donations are down, and the number of families served has increased by 27%, from 720 per month to 900.
If you and your business wants to help collect food or have a fundraiser for the food bank, call Mike Werle at 206-433-9900 and heâ€™ll be happy to have your participation as a Highline Food Bank drop-off point or bring a barrel to your fundraiser.
Mike is looking forward to the National Letter Carriers food drive on May 9th. Every year Highline Food Bank receives 20,000-30,000 pounds of food from Burien neighbors. To participate, all you have to do is leave non-perishable food donations at your mailbox on that date.
Next year’s “Cove to Clover ” run is already scheduled for Sunday, March 14, 2010, so be sure to mark your calendars and start training now! More information, as well as numerous shout-outs to local sponsors, can be seen at the updated “Cove to Clover ” website, which has this groovy poster artwork: