Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices NW is making a difference…with Dodgeball!


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By Nalani Kaopuiki-Young

How often are you approached about donating your dollars or maybe your time?

Most of us have picked up trash, worked at a food bank or dropped a dollar or two in a container. But have you ever put on a crazy wig, worn lace or an off-the-shoulder cut t-shirt ala Madonna or Boy George? Maybe put on a Bulls Jersey and tried to channel Michael Jordan? All this while showing off some fancy footwork and quick moves while you earn money for a worthwhile organization and bring laughter and camaraderie to your community?

That’s what one amazing young woman has been doing for the last five years – Mahogany Villars has always known she wanted to be a part of something that made a difference in the world.

But she never expected her desire to manifest itself into an annual Dodgeball fundraising event.

Mahogany suffered a devastating loss when her brother was murdered on her birthday. To help herself move through that grief and as she put it “be her best self,” she decided that having a celebration of life that benefited others besides herself was the answer needed.

With help of numerous childhood friends, including Berkshire Hathaway’s own Tim Bower and Sunny Tumber – who played the part of major sponsors – the 80’s themed Dodgeball fundraiser was born. Now in year five, this one day event pulled in excess of $4,000 at the door with more arriving online daily.

All proceeds this year benefit WA-BLOC (Washington Building Leaders of Change), an organization that aligns itself closely with Mahogany’s goals of making a difference. WA-BLOC’s (http://wa-bloc.org/) mission is:

“…to empower academic, creative, community-connected lifelong leaders through high-impact academic and “place-based” social justice leadership development.”

And as amazing that all is, the real reward for Mahogany is the community laughter and joy felt throughout the entire day. This is the celebration she has been looking for.

In closing, this author must take a minute to thank our own Tim Bower and Sunny Tumber for bringing this opportunity to our attention and congratulate our own “Buffetts Burgandy Bombers,” otherwise known as Cara, Tamara, Holly, Nesha and Corie for making it to the semi-finals this year. I see gold in your future ladies! Gentlemen (Jason, Sunny, Tim, Tay and Dinato) better luck next year getting out of bracket play.

“Hope to see you all on the court next year!”

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