A rockin’ fundraiser hosted by John White and Shelli Park at their historic Seahurst mansion Forest Ledge was held Saturday night, Mar. 11, 2023, and a total of $8,185 was raised for Burien’s Severe Weather Shelter.

As we transition out of the cold winter months, around 50 or so warm-hearted people gathered to hear the amazing Led Zeppelin tribute band the “Urban Achievers,” along with excellent musicians RL Heyer, David Templeton and others. This fundraiser also included food, drinks, socializing and an update from BAT Theatre.

But the biggest focus of the night was fundraising from generous, warm people and businesses to the Burien Severe Weather Shelter, which operates out of Highline United Methodist Church. Donors gave cash, wrote checks and even brought clothing.

“We also took in enough clothes and blankets to fill a minivan!” said Highline UMC Pastor Jenny Partch.


Below is a video of the Urban Achievers rockin’ out with their cover of Led Zep’s “The Ocean”:

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How to donate

You can still donate directly to the shelter – use your smartphone on the QR code below, or donate at the PayPal link on the https://buriensws.org website.

Open your smartphone camera and focus on the QR code, then click on the PayPal link to donate directly online.

“I would like to thank the entire Community for supporting the Burien Severe Weather Shelter this entire season!” Patch added. “And thank you to John and Shelli White for hosting the fundraiser and for Community who came out to give and celebrate the work of the shelter. Given the need for year-round shelter in Burien, it is heartening to have this support as we grow as an organization and push to build an appropriate facility for shelter and day services.”

The Burien Severe Weather Shelter currently operates out of Highline United Methodist Church, located at 13015 1st Ave South.

Sponsors included:

  • Antaeus Foundation Equipment
  • PACO Ventures
  • 909 Restaurant & Cafe
  • Humble Vine
  • Marlaina’s Mediterranean Kitchen
  • Huckleberry Square
  • The B-Town Blog
  • Burien Film Festival
  • Maury Island Incident LLC
  • BAT Theatre

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