Speakers Dan and Dana Ahner shared their family’s experience with Encompass programming. (Courtesy Photo)

Speakers Dan and Dana Ahner shared their family’s experience with Encompass programming. (Courtesy Photo)

Encompass autumn gala breaks records; More than 300 guests help to raise nearly $500,000 for early childhood support

  • Monday, November 13, 2017 9:26am
  • Life

On Saturday, Oct. 21, Encompass transported guests to a magical night in Paris at its annual autumn gala, and raised almost half a million dollars in the process. The record-breaking donation amount will support Encompass’ mission to partner with families to build healthy foundations for children.

More than 300 guests came out to the Hyatt Regency Bellevue to show their support for Encompass, which has served the Snoqualmie Valley for more than 50 years. Local radio personality Shellie Hart led the festivities as the Mistress of Ceremonies.

The family speakers were Dana and Dan Ahner, a local couple who went through the Encompass Birth to Three Early Intervention program with all three of their children. The Ahners moved the entire audience to their feet as they told their family’s story of resilience in the face of challenging circumstances and how Encompass helped them find a way through:

“…Dealing with unknown or unexpected circumstances as a parent can feel like you are constantly treading water, just trying to stay afloat. When we were drowning, Encompass was the one who pulled us from that water. Encompass helped us give all three of our kids their best chance at life, and because of that, Encompass will always be part of our family.”

The event had 27 corporate sponsors, including Brown & Sterling Attorneys at Law and Nintendo.

Encompass volunteers Megan Daniels, Amy Mogridge, and Lindsey Batz greet guests at the Oct. 21 gala. (Courtesy Photo)

Encompass volunteers Megan Daniels, Amy Mogridge, and Lindsey Batz greet guests at the Oct. 21 gala. (Courtesy Photo)

Guests bid on auction items at the Encompass gala. (Courtesy Photo)

Guests bid on auction items at the Encompass gala. (Courtesy Photo)

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