The Hong Kong Association of Washington Foundation invites you to join us as a
sponsor for the 2016 Chinese New Year Gala, to be held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Grand Ballroom on Saturday, 13th February, 2016, a festive evening and fundraising
gala for Bellevue LifeSpring.
Our 2016 Beneficiary: Bellevue LifeSpring Proceeds from the 2016 Chinese Lunar New Year Gala will benefit Bellevue LifeSpring. This 104-year-old nonprofit children’s charity provides programs and services for the 3,600 children and their families living in poverty in the Bellevue community. Bellevue LifeSpring’s wraparound support addresses basic needs including food, clothing, educational scholarship and emergency support so children have the opportunity to achieve self-sufficient futures. Their goal is to break the cycle of poverty for these children who are in desperate need of support. Bellevue LifeSpring was established as the Overlake Service League by a group of women living in Bellevue’s earliest neighborhoods in 1911. Members delivered goats to provide milk for struggling families and started a well-baby clinic for immunizations and routine exams. In 1933, members also gave small tractors, seeds and farming equipment to families in need so they could grow their own food. In 1941, the agency donated 50,000 half pints of milk to children in schools. As Bellevue evolves from a suburban to an urban community, Bellevue LifeSpring also continues to evolve and support low-income residents with an innovative, wraparound approach to services. Bellevue LifeSpring honors the tradition of neighbor helping neighbors that started over 100 years ago. Learn more at www.BellevueLifeSpring.org.
Where the Money Goes: Today, Bellevue LifeSpring’s mission is to foster stability and self-sufficiency for Bellevue’s children and their families. The staffs at Bellevue LifeSpring work closely with the Bellevue School District to provide immediate support while also developing longterm solutions to get families out of crisis. The close working relationship with the Bellevue School District allows Bellevue LifeSpring to address needs as they are observed in the classroom. Last year, Bellevue LifeSpring provided:
- 90,000 meals to hungry children during school breaks
- 430 kids with new back to school clothing
- 153 high school students with summer school scholarships to stay on track to graduate
- 16 students the opportunity to go to college with scholarships
- 99 families with support to prevent eviction or utility shutoffs