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September 16, 2013

Deadline to Sponsor the Burien Brat Trot fundraiser is Monday, Sept. 16!


It’s Brat Trot season in Burien – the big day is Sunday, Oct. 6 – and that means a great opportunity for local businesses to help this popular homegrown fundraiser by stepping up and being a Sponsor!

Proceeds from this great event benefit the Highline Schools Foundation, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids South King County.

Sponsorship Opportunities Are Still Available

Click here for the 2013 Sponsorship Package!

But you’d better act quickly, as the deadline to Sponsor is Monday, Sept. 16.

The 2012 event had record numbers:

  • Over $61,000 raised
  • Over 1,300 runners
  • Over 45 corporate teams
  • Over 100 students in need and FREE

Aside from doing good for your community and getting great exposure to active residents, another incentive that might inspire you is that a Sponsor Party will be held at the Tin Room on Thursday night, Sept. 19 (we’ll be there!).

Current Sponsors include:

Alaska Airlines HMS Host Baden


Georgetown Brewing Company


Burien Toyota Burien Chevrolet


Bacardi Crater Lake Vodka Fireball Whisky


Kenner Dental Group


Lake Burien Physical Therapy CrossFit Burien Orthodontics of Burien


Emerald City Smoothie Cox Financial Aussi Pie Company Pollack Insurance


Frank Coluccio Construction Cleanscapes


Southgate Mason Lodge Sandcastle Web Design & Development Discover Burien


B-Town Blog Burien Parks & Recreation Macaroni Kids

For more information, please visit, and always feel free to email Race Director Ashley Fosberg with questions or ideas:

Date: September 16, 2013
Venue: Brat Trot Sponsorship Deadline
Burien, WA, 98166, United States

September 12, 2013

Community Schools Collaboration’s Block Party Fundraiser is Thursday


Community Schools Collaboration will be holding its annual Block Party Fundraiser this Thursday, Sept. 12.

“It’s that time of the year again to gear up for the upcoming school year so we’re having our annual Block Party Fundraiser on September 12!” reads an announcement.”Join us for great food catered by Uncle Mike’s Superlicious BBQ, live music by Peacemaker Nation and chances to bid on some amazing auction prizes!”

Tickets are available online for $25 each, and all money raised goes to help students succeed in school:

Or…just stop by the CSC office in Burien from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 to support this great cause!

More info here:

Start: September 12, 2013 4:30 pm
End: September 12, 2013 6:30 pm
Venue: Community Schools Collaboration
137 SW 154th Street, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

August 17, 2013

Have ‘Burgers for Bob’ and help 4-year old autistic boy fight cancer Aug. 17


A 4-year old autistic boy named William Sakisat, aka “Bob” (pictured above) was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma cancer, and his family needs help – that’s why a fundraiser called “Burgers for Bob” will take place on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Countryside Cafe in Burien.

“Bob’s family is doing everything they can to get the support and treatment he needs to get well,” reads an announcement. “However, insurance does not cover home supplies, transportation to/from the hospital or certain treatments because at this stage it is claimed the procedures are experimental. Please come and enjoy some great food, music, raffles and a dessert auction as we support Bob and his family.”

All donations will go to support Bob and his family in his course of treatment. Hosted by Countryside Cafe and sponsored by the Highline Special Needs PTA (

Here are more details from the fundraiser website:

“Bob is 4 years old, nonverbal due to Autism. On June 29, 2013 we took him to Children’s Hospital in Seattle because he was limping. After performing lots of tests Doctors found multiple tumors in his lower abdomen and spinal. He was admitted that night. Biopsy and Bone Marrow Aspiration was performed and results were heart breaking. on July 2nd, 2013 he was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma. The Cancer has metastasized. It’s in his lower abdomen, spinal and all over his bones including this skull. Treatment plan is 15 – 18 months long, consists of chemotherapy, surgery, radiation and stem cell transplant. There is no known cure for this type of cancer, all medicines are still under clinical trial. We hope and pray that it will heal my son.”

Countryside Café is located at 14901 Ambaum Blvd SW in Burien.

BurgersForBob-BBQ Flyer

Start: August 17, 2013 5:00 pm
End: August 17, 2013 8:00 pm
Venue: Countryside Cafe
14901 Ambaum Blvd SW, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

August 8, 2013

Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Matt Griffin YMCA will be Thursday, Aug. 8


Golfers wanted!

Sponsors wanted!

The 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament to benefit the Matt Griffin YMCA will be held at Washington National Golf Course in Auburn on Thursday, Aug. 8, starting at 8 a.m.

Lunch will follow at around 1:30 or 2 p.m. (included in fee).

“Enjoy prizes and fun with friends on a beautiful course!”

Here are the details:

WHAT: Burien/White Center Rotary Charity Golf Tournament for Matt Griffin YMCA.

WHEN: Thursday, August 8, 8:00 a.m. Shotgun Start.

WHERE: Washington National – DIRECTIONS

INFO: Scramble Format


  • $150 Individual
  • $500 Foursome
  • $950 Team (Foursome + Hole Sponsorship)
  • $500 Hole Sponsor Only

If you would like to attend lunch only for $35, please contact Brian Frederick at

INCLUDES: Event price includes green fee, golf cart, warm up at the practice facility and BBQ lunch!

REGISTER: Register at or contact Brian at 206-433-1700.

Start: August 8, 2013 8:00 am
End: August 8, 2013 3:00 pm
Venue: Washington National Golf Course
14330 SE Husky Way, Auburn, WA, 98092, United States

July 21, 2013

Burien Toyota is the place & Sunday is the day to ‘Stuff the Bus’ for Westside Baby


One of the most helpful and well run public service groups around is WestSide Baby.

You can help them in their cause to assist young families with the more expensive items needed for childcare this Sunday, July 21 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

It’s the 13th Annual WestSide Baby “Stuff the Bus” Diaper Drive.

Please take a few minutes and stop by Burien Toyota (address below) and drop off diapers and other items. WestSide Baby will get them to the families who can most use them.

“The most needed diaper sizes are 4, 5 and 6,” said Pam Stallcop of Burien Toyota. “People can drop off car seats, strollers, high chairs and portable cribs.”

For safety reasons these items must be new, not used.

“We’re anticipating a great response Sunday,” Pam said. “It’s going to be very exciting. We also could use PJ’s and boys pants, sizes 4T – 12,” Pam said.

WestSide Baby, in partnership with the local community, provides essential items to local children in need by collecting and distributing diapers, clothing, toys and equipment.

From the WestSide Baby website:

“Since opening in 2001, we have distributed over $10.25 million worth of diapers, clothing, equipment and other items. In 2012, we served over 22,000 children! We provide our items in partnership with more than 80 social service agencies working directly with families.”

Burien Toyota
15025 1st Avenue South

Phone 866-295-5813

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Start: July 21, 2013 10:00 am
End: July 21, 2013 2:00 pm
Venue: Burien Toyota
Phone: 1-866-295-5813
15025 1st Avenue South, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

July 20, 2013

Annual Aloha ‘O Na Kupuna Music and Dance Festival will be Saturday, July 20

Halau ‘O Lono’s annual fundraiser – ‘Aloha ‘O Na Kupuna Music and Dance Festival’ – will be held on Saturday, July 20 at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School.

Doors open at 8:15 a.m. and there will be continuous entertainment until 9:45 p.m.

This year, the ‘Heal My Heart’ makana (gift) will be to the Highline Medical Center in Burien.

“We raise money for people in need in the community (often to pay medical bills) and to contribute to our scholarship for dancers and our building fund,” said ‘Ehulani Bentley, Co-Chairperson. “As the name of the Festival says, our main purpose is to honor our Kupuna (elders) in the Hawaiian and community-at-large.”

They always feature hula, but often include Tahitian, Samoan, and Native American performances – here’s a video:

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John F. Kennedy Catholic High School is located at 140 South 140th Street in Burien.

Start: July 20, 2013 8:15 am
End: July 20, 2013 9:45 pm
Venue: Kennedy Catholic High School
140 South 140th Street, Burien, WA, United States

June 22, 2013

Get behind the Exchange Club of Highline’s Toilet Paper Drive this Saturday

This Saturday, June 22, the Exchange Club of Highline will be holding its 4th annual Toilet Paper Drive at the Burien Albertson’s at Five Corners (15840 1st Ave. South) from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Exchange Club members will be collecting toilet paper – along with cash donations – to benefit the area’s three Food Banks: Des Moines, Highline and White Center.

“A very coveted and much-needed item at the food banks is toilet paper!” reads an announcement. “Last year with community donations and Exchange Club support, more than 9,000 rolls were collected. We hope the community will help us to help those in need.”

Exchange Club members also add:

No buts about it, we need your help!

Please get behind our efforts!

Start: June 22, 2013 8:30 am
End: June 22, 2013 4:00 pm
Venue: Albertson's
15840 1st Ave. South, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

June 15, 2013

5th Annual ‘Cards for a Cause’ Casino Night for Hospitality House is June 15


The 5th annual ‘Cards for a Cause’ Casino Night – presented by Soroptimist International Seattle South to benefit Burien’s Hospitality House – will be held from 6 – 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 15.

“Hospitality House is an incredible organization that helps homeless women find home, health and hope,” reads an announcement.

This event usually raises between $15,000-$20,000, and attendees must be 18 or older to play.

The evening will also benefit the Highline Community College’s Women’s Emergency Fund, which is for women students who are in need of immediate financial help to stay in school.

“Help us make a huge difference with your sponsorship. With your help Soroptimist International Seattle South will be able to raise that much more for Hospitality House and HCC Women’s Emergency Fund. Together we can ensure many women and young girls in our community have the help to improve themselves in home and in society.”

RSVPs are not necessarily but suggested so organizers know how many people for the two time slots for the tournament.

First place winner prize is a trip for two to LA to watch a Lakers game from a private suite. All 8 finalists from the tournament will be given prizes (that is 4 winners from 6 p.m. slot and 4 from the 8 p.m. slot.

There will also be a Silent Auction with approximately 50 items, including Poker sets, coffee basket, bathroom basket, jewelry, garden items, Golf equipment, auto items, kitchen basket, etc.

Soroptimist International Seattle South is a Non-Profit 501 (c) 3 Organization Tax ID#91-6048161.

For more information, contact Patti Gifford at

Start: June 15, 2013 6:00 pm
End: June 15, 2013 11:00 pm
Venue: Cards for a Cause
Burien, WA, 98166, United States

June 8, 2013

What is ‘Relay for Life’? It’s a Community Gathering Against Cancer June 8–9

Relay For Life is a community gathering where everyone can participate in the fight against cancer, and it’s returning to the Highline High School Memorial Stadium the weekend of June 8–9!

Teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event – because cancer never sleeps. Relay For Life is an overnight event.

It brings together millions of people to raise money to help prevent cancer and save lives. While you’re raising much needed funds, you will also be raising awareness of cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and patient support. Relay brings people together from all walks of life with the common goal of eliminating cancer. No matter who you are, there is a place for you at Relay. Please, join us today!

When the sun goes down hundreds of luminaria light the way under the stars to remember those lost to cancer, those fighting cancer, and those who have fought cancer and won. This ceremony of light symbolizes the hope and perseverance with which we all continue to fight.

All survivors (anyone who has faced a cancer diagnosis) are invited to join us as our honorary guests in the Survivor Lap, which opens the Relay For Life. Their strength and courage help the community see that cancer survivorship is real – that we are making progress in the battle against cancer.

This year Relay is back in the area and going to be better than ever! It will be held on June 8th-9th at Highline High School. They are always looking for new teams, Survivors, sponsors, and more!

If you are interested in or have questions about Relay or how to sign up a team, you can contact Donna Simpson (Event Chair) @ or Abby Ronnebeck (Event Chair) @


Are you ready to help create a world with MORE birthdays??

Are you ready to RELAY…..Making HOPE Happen!!??

Join us at our next Relay For Life of Highline 2013 Team Meeting on Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00 PM. Every Team Meeting will be held the first Tuesday of the month. Our NEW Team Meeting location is NAVOS Mental Health & Wellness Center 1210 SW 1136th St Burien WA 98166.

You can also visit the website at

“We are working together in the fight against cancer and would love for each and every person in the community to participate in our fight!”

Start: June 8, 2013
End: June 9, 2013
Venue: Highline Memorial Stadium
S. 156th & 4th Ave South, Burien, WA, 98146, United States

June 6, 2013

New Futures/Southwest Youth & Family Services holding ‘meet and greet’ June 6

New Futures/Southwest Youth & Family Services – which merged on April 28 – will be holding a special ‘Meet-and-Greet Reception’ on Thursday, June 6th, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at HomeTask, located at 611 SW 152nd Street.

“We are excited about the future of our combined organization, and can’t wait to share our ideas and enthusiasm with you,” said Jenn Ramirez Robson, Director of Strategic Partnerships.

This reception will give key local supporters an opportunity to meet Steve Daschle, the Executive Director at SWYFS, as well as Ramirez Robson.

There is no formal program so stop by when you can on June 6th, between 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Here are the details:

WHAT: ‘Meet and Greet Reception’ for New Futures/Southwest Youth & Family Services

WHEN: Thursday, June 6, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: HomeTask Office, 611 SW 152nd St., Burien, WA 98166

INFO: For more information, email

Start: June 6, 2013 5:30 pm
End: June 6, 2013 7:30 pm
Venue: HomeTask
611 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

June 2, 2013

2nd annual ‘Burien Bites’ to benefit local charities will be Sunday, June 2


The second annual ‘Burien Bites‘ – a food-centric fundraiser that benefits local charities – will take place on Sunday, June 2, with check-in starting at 11 a.m.

The bite will run from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., with an after and awards party at HomeTask from 6 – 9 p.m.

Event registration fee is $10 per person, and guests can visit multiple local restaurants, where they can purchase a special bite for $5.

“We are always trying to find new ways to help the community and organizing Burien Bites is a fantastic way for people to have fun and be generous towards those who need our help,” said HomeTask CEO Jerrod Sessler. “It also brings our community which is all about the people together to build relationships”.

This homegrown event, created by HomeTask, allows people the opportunity to visit multiple restaurants for a bite to benefit local charities, including:

  • Highline Schools Foundation
  • New Futures
  • YETI
  • Highline Food Bank
  • HomeTask Cares Foundation

This event is a follow up to the “Top Chef” event of March 20, when over 120 people gathered in addition to around 40 members from participating restaurants and volunteer film crews for each restaurant (read our previous coverage here). Official event Food Critics choose the “Food Critics Awards” while the guests spoke for themselves with the “People’s Choice Awards.”

“Now it is in the public’s hands to vote and decide who will win the 2013 Burien Bites event,” reads an announcement. “Everyone is highly encouraged to participate and be sure to cast votes using the Burien Bites mobile app.”

Pre-register at

Here’s a video with more info:

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HomeTask is located at 611 SW 152nd Street in downtown Burien.

Start: June 2, 2013 11:00 am
End: June 2, 2013 9:00 pm
Venue: HomeTask
611 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

May 29, 2013

Burien’s Shorewood Elementary holding Fundraiser for Robotics program May 29


Burien’s Shorewood Elementary School will be holding a fundraiser dinner for its Robotics program from 5 – 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29 at the school (2725 SW 116th Street, Burien).

Here’s more from an announcement:

Shorewood Elementary started one FIRST Lego League and two Jr FLL’s this year and are planning on expanding to add at least one more of each level, leading to the need for more fundraising. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a national organization whose program supports science, technology, and engineering. The program is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M) based, with core value emphasis on “coopertition” and professionalism.

This program allows kids to take real life concepts, with an emphasis on core values, such as cooperation and problem solving, to research, build, problem solve, work together, and come up with solutions which they present. This includes computer programming, creative thinking, presentation, and scientific skills that will help our kids become the leaders of tomorrow. Fundraising is needed to support the three elementary Lego teams as well as the High School High Tekerz FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team #3574. The high school mentors have led the coaching efforts at Shorewood Elementary.

Purpose: A joint effort to raise funds for the Shorewood Elementary FIRST Lego League Teams and the High School FRC Team #3574 which supports students from 5 high schools, private schools, home school, and running start within Highline School District

Event Information:

Chef Paolo of Salty’s on Alki will prepare BBQ pulled pork & chicken, a variety of sides and vegetarian options. Science &Technology themed activities to include robot and Lego displays & demos, and decorate & parade in your robot mask. Advance Tickets $10 (4 or more $8 ea.)

Purchase through participating students.

Checks payable to “HHS PTSA‐Robotics” or email request to

Limited tickets at the door for $15 each (no discount at door)

We are pre-selling tickets through May 28th.

Start: May 29, 2013 5:00 pm
End: May 29, 2013 8:00 pm
Venue: Shorewood Elementary School
2725 SW 116th Street, Burien, WA, United States

May 15, 2013

Here’s how YOU can ‘GiveBIG’ to help local charities on Wednesday, May 15

The Seattle Foundation’s ‘GiveBIG’ is a one-day, online charitable giving event – set for Wednesday, May 15 – to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations who make our region a healthier and more vital place to live.

Each credit card donation* made to the more than 1,400 nonprofit organizations profiled on The Seattle Foundation’s website (including many from the Burien area; see a relevant list here) between midnight and midnight (Pacific Daylight Time) on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, will receive a prorated portion of the matching funds (or “stretch”) pool. The amount of the “stretch” depends on the size of the stretch pool and how much is raised in total donations on GiveBIG day.

* They will “stretch” all donations up to $25,000 per donor, per organization.

Throughout GiveBIG, donors will be chosen at random from all donations made up to the time of the drawing. The winner will have an additional $1,000 and a round-trip airline ticket, courtesy of Alaska Airlines, given in their name to the same nonprofit that received their donation. The winner will also receive a $100 gift card, courtesy of lead sponsor Starbucks.


Date: May 15, 2013
Venue: GiveBIG to help Local Charities
Burien, WA, United States

May 11, 2013

Help ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ by leaving food for your Mail Carrier Saturday, May 11


On Saturday, May 11, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will collect food donations at residents’ mailboxes in order to provide assistance to the millions of Americans who are struggling with hunger.

According to Highline Area Food Bank Director Mike Werle, this is one of the bigger – and most effective – local food drives in the region.

All you have to do is leave food in one of the bags left at your mailbox sometime in the next week.

Here are more facts:

  • The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is a nationwide effort that provides food to local food banks and pantries. Food banks across the country continue to experience record demand for emergency food assistance, especially in the summer months when children are out of school.
  • The nation’s 175,000 letter carriers will collect food donations left at the mailboxes of generous Americans in more than 10,000 communities and deliver them to food banks and other hunger-relief organizations.
  • Celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, having collected more than one billion pounds of food since its inception in 1993. In 2012, generous Americans donated more than 70 million pounds of food, which marked the ninth consecutive year that at least 70 million pounds were collected.
  • Nick Cannon, multi-talented entertainer and member of the Feeding America Entertainment Council, is the national spokesperson for the Stamp Out Hunger food drive for the third consecutive year. The drive particularly hits home for Cannon, who experienced hunger and relied on food pantries as a child.

Wonder what foods are great to donate to the food drive? Here are a few non-perishable food items requested by food banks:

  • Cereal
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Canned meals such as soups, chili, pasta
  • 100% juice
  • Peanut butter
  • Pasta sauce or spaghetti sauce
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Canned protein – tuna, chicken, turkey
  • Beans – canned or dry

For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, visit or, and follow the food drive at

Date: May 11, 2013
Venue: Your Mailbox
Burien, WA, 98166, United States

May 4, 2013

Moshier Art Center’s annual Spring Pottery Sale is Saturday, May 4


The Moshier Spring Pottery Sale will be Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Moshier Art Center, located at 430 S. 156th Street.

“Twice a year the potters at the Moshier Community Art Center gather to sell their handmade wares,” reads an announcement. “Come to this amazing sale to find hundreds of items such as mugs, bowls, serving dishes, casseroles, garden art, jewelry, planters, and more!”

Cash or checks accepted, and guests are advised to come early for the best selection.

For more information, visit or call 206-988-3700.

Start: May 4, 2013 10:00 am
End: May 4, 2013 3:00 pm
Venue: Moshier Art Center
Phone: 206-988-3700
430 S. 156th Street, Burien, WA, United States