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CSSV grateful for community support

All of us at Children's Services of Sno-Valley would like to thank our community of friends and supporters who helped us raise more than $160,000 at our 2004 Autumn Gala. The children and families we serve are already benefiting from the outpouring of love and generosity that was evident last week at our fundraising auction held at Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club.

This year we are particularly proud of our local corporate partners who gave through our sponsorship program. Our Premier Sponsor, John Day Homes, matched $7,500 in contributions raised during the Gala's live auction and Home Technologies generously supported us at the $5,000 Gold Level. Washington Mutual Home Loan Center in Issaquah, Nintendo of America, John L. Scott of North Bend and Smith Brown Sterling of Fall City contributed $2,500 each as Gala Level Sponsors.

Our guests also celebrated the generosity of Hauglie Insurance and Financial Services, Agape Chiropractic Healing Center, Pioneer Van Lines, Quadrant Corporation and TPC Snoqualmie Ridge as Grand Level sponsors that gave $1,000 each. Additional gifts of support from Issaquah Bank and Philips Oral Healthcare helped us raise a total of $25,000 in local corporate giving.

Perhaps the most breathtaking portion of the Gala was the presentation by Berry Rogers, who shared the story of his twin boys, Adam and Benjamin. Earlier this year the boys received special therapy through Children's Services. After his story, it was announced that longtime supporters Catherine and Scott Henson, Charlotte and Rich Stephan and Sylvia and Dick Ryon would match $10,000 in charitable giving through the Fund-a-Dream program. Our guests responded with amazing generosity. The Fund-A-Dream program raised $38,000.

We are so grateful to have such incredible support and so very proud to be a part of this special community.

On behalf of the children and families we serve, thank you so much.

Gregory Malcolm

Director of Development Children's Services of

Sno-Valley

North Bend

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