Our students send their gratitude to Seattle Milk Fund supporters. The child care grants that they receive from Seattle Milk Fund are allowing them to go to school, graduate, and create a brighter financial future for their families and make a difference in the community with their new careers.
Katy spoke at our 110th Grand Birthday Gala. She and her husband attended the event to thank Seattle Milk Fund supporters in person for providing child care grants while Katy attends the University of Washington.
Read below for her story and heartfelt remarks…
Hello, I’m Katy. I am here tonight to thank you for your generous child care grant. I also want to tell you more about myself to help explain why furthering my education will mean so much to my family’s future.
As a family of 3 who is trying to get ahead…it has been difficult. Our financial situation is less than ideal. My husband works very hard to support us and takes overtime shifts at a job that pays a little over minimum wage. My degree will mean a more stable financial future for me, my husband, and our little boy.
My road to higher education has had a few twists and turns. And, thanks to the support of family, friends, and now Seattle Milk Fund—my long-time dream of becoming a psychologist is inching closer to reality with every paper I turn in and every exam I take.
Beginning at an extremely young age, I was a perfectionist and I strived to be the best. This led me to some of my most amazing achievements, along with many hardships and pain. When I was 12, I almost lost my life to manic depression, compulsive exercising, and severe Anorexia Nervosa.
I conquered the disease with much thanks to a wonderful psychologist who would not give up on me. The medical department at Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington played a huge part in my recovery. I believe I am alive today because of their help and the support of my family and friends. Since then, I have committed to help other people fight eating disorders. While continuing to battle my own demons, I have found that volunteering my story to help others has had a huge impact on keeping myself healthy along with contributing to my success.
After I graduated high school, I had an opportunity to pursue a passion of mine, acting. So, off I went to California…and for several years I was a successful actor. However, the lifestyle and film industry took its toll and lead me to an unhealthy state of mind. Realizing this, I came back home to my family and friends in the Pacific Northwest to pursue my original goal of becoming a psychologist.
Because of my exposure to doctors when I was a teen, I’ve known for a long time now that I wanted to be a psychologist. I want to help others who are struggling with their mental health and to fight mental health stigmas.
I married my wonderful husband a few years ago and had my beautiful son. While being near my support system has been what I needed to move onward and upward with my life…we continue to find that making ends meet is extremely difficult without a higher education degree.
My husband and I have this amazing little man and we are hoping to do the best we possibly can for him and by him. This grant will ensure that my son receives the best possible education and guidance for his social, emotional, and physical development. Thanks to YOU, my bright and loving son will be prepared to succeed in Kindergarten in a few years.
Attending Bellevue College was a smart and financially savvy decision for getting my Associate of Arts degree. I was able to finish my prerequisites while taking some amazing courses in psychology and social sciences.
I began taking classes at the University of Washington—my dream school—a few weeks ago. I am officially working toward my bachelor’s in psychology and it feels like this is the right place for me. My ultimate education goal is to receive a doctorate in Psychology.
I want to thank you with all my heart for this opportunity. You are helping to make my dream of becoming a psychologist a reality. Your support means so much to my little family.
What a fun time we had! Thank you to our photographers from @themetpages for the photo booth and event photos. Here is a link to the entire album.
This past weekend, Seattle Milk Fund held its Grand Birthday Gala in celebration of 110 years of supporting local families.
Together we raised $135,000! Every dollar that was donated at our gala went directly to our Child Care Grant Program.
Thank you to all who attended and supported the event by donating items for our auction, raising your paddle, and volunteering. Your participation and belief in our mission are why our grants are helping to change the lives of this generation and the next. Thank you!
Below is our Gratitude Video from our students to our supporters that was shown during the Grand Birthday Gala. The video was produced and edited by Erin & Tim Demmon and underwritten by UCONS.
Thank you to all who have purchased a wreath! Wreath sales are now closed for the season. Thank you for supporting our families!
Seattle Milk Fund’s famously gorgeous wreaths are available again this year to decorate your door!
Wreath presales are open now through Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. If you have any questions about your order, please contact our office at 206-526-7944.
Wreath sales directly support our families over the holiday season. Thank you for supporting our families, as they create brighter financial futures for their own families.
- Wreaths are $25 each.
- On the online order form below, please multiply the number of wreaths you would like to order by $25, and place that dollar amount in the box provided under the donation section.
- Also, please note in the comments how many wreaths with GOLD, RED, or PLAID bows you would like to order.
- You can also call in (206-526-7944) with payment or mail in your order with wreath specifications by sending a check to:
Seattle Milk Fund
1130 N Northgate Way
Seattle, WA 98133
Wreaths will be available for pick up at the Seattle Milk Fund office starting Tuesday, November 28, 2017. If you would prefer delivery, please connect with your Seattle Milk Fund Wreath Sales Representative to confirm the details.
Please do call ahead to the office (206-526-7944) before you arrive so that we can ensure someone will be here to greet you and have your wreath(s) ready.
You can pull up to the back of the office and drive into the driveway and we will help you load your vehicle.
Our great appreciation goes out to the Terese Smith Howard Circle for donating their time and (tremendous wreath-decorating talents!) by hosting the annual wreath sale to benefit Seattle Milk Fund families.
This weekend, Seattle Milk Fund was honored as Bonneville Seattle’s Charity of the Month for September. We attended a program (before the Seahawks took on the Kansas City Chiefs–a 26-13 win for the Hawks!) where we received a 12 Fan flag autographed by Coach Pete Carroll (which is proudly hanging in our office).
Big thanks to Bonneville Seattle, Carter Subaru and the Seahawks for recognizing Seattle Milk Fund and the support we give to families in the greater Seattle area.
Join Seattle Milk Fund and celebrate 110 years of fueling families’ futures!
Together, we will raise funds to empower parents and their children to reach their higher education goals. With your support, our families will go above and beyond what they thought was possible. Seattle Milk Fund’s Child Care Grants are truly making a difference for this generation and the next. Purchase tickets or a table today! Please RSVP by October 12.
Invite your friends and family and join us at Seattle Milk Fund’s…
Grand Birthday Gala
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Bell Harbor International Conference Center
2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121
$125 single ticket | $1,250 for table of 10
Here’s what our delightful guests can expect:
5:30-7:00 p.m. Arrive at a “Sparkling” Social Hour with passed appetizers; bid on unique items at the “Almost Live” Silent Auction; snap a memorable photo at the Birthday-Inspired Photo Booth; get lucky at the Grand Wine Grab; take a chance on winning the Platinum Ticket Raffle–where you could choose one of three exciting getaways!
7:15 p.m. Enjoy Dinner and Dessert with friends and family; bid on extraordinary experiences during the Live Auction with auctioneers extraordinaire Pat and Chris Cashman; raise your paddle high during Fund-A-Need to support our current families.
Parking at Bell Harbor International Conference Center is included in your ticket price.
We will be serving Chicken Saltimbocca for the main entrée. If you or any of your guests would prefer the vegetarian Three Mushroom Risotto, please let us know.
If you would prefer to purchase tickets or a sponsorship through the mail, please send payment to:
Seattle Milk Fund
Grand Birthday Gala
1130 N Northgate Way
Seattle, WA 98133
Many thanks to our event sponsors:
You are an inspiration to your children and peers! From all of us at Seattle Milk Fund, we wish you great success in your future endeavors. We are proud to have had a small role in your success. Your dedication toward your family and career is remarkable. Best to you as you begin your new careers, and your children continue on their own educational journeys.
Bryn—Business | Christina—American Indian Studies | Christina—Psychology
Christine —Accounting | Devon—Anthropology | Evelyn—Computer Security Network Jennifer—Communication | Jennifer—Psychology | Jennifer—Social Welfare
Kathya—Sociology | Leslie—Sociology | Mallory—Social Welfare
Rooda—Respiratory Therapy Rose—Operations & Supply Management
Selene—Business Administration | Tomoko—Community Psychology
Tu— Mathematics | Yuliya—Respiratory Care
Tu, a current student grantee, spoke during our 2017 Annual Meeting & Brunch. Thank you, Tu for sharing your story.
Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today. I am currently a student grantee in Seattle Milk Fund’s Child Care Grant Program. My son and I have benefited greatly from your generosity in the last year. The grants have allowed me to attend and finish my degree at the University of Washington—Seattle, and for my son to attend after-school care at his elementary school. I will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a teacher preparation option this summer, which I can follow to receive my Master’s in teaching.
My educational journey begins in Vietnam, where I was born. Throughout my schooling in Vietnam, I was an honors student and received high marks, especially in math and science. However, the schooling system in Vietnam is very competitive, and I struggled with not fitting in culturally. At age 14, I looked into leaving my country and was accepted to a high school in Australia with a full-tuition scholarship.
When my scholarship ended, I returned to Vietnam to attend an international high school for a short time. I applied for a student visa to attend an American college. I was accepted at Green River College and received my high school diploma and an Associate degree in science. I graduated with the highest honor and I received a scholastic award and scholarship to continue my education. This was a glorious moment for my family and me because I am the first person in my family to achieve this level of education.
After graduation, I began an internship, got married, and my son was born. For years, my ex-husband was physically and mentally abusive to me. After banning me from attending school and giving countless threats to deport me without my son, we divorced.
My education journey was stalled after my divorce, because of financial hardship. At one time, I wanted to be a doctor. But, because of my son, I have since decided to become a teacher. He is my passion. I now seek to educate younger generations to help them with their own schooling and to inspire them to become future leaders with good moral character.
As I look back on my schooling. I find comfort and pride that I have prioritized education for my family. My mother taught me from a young age that, “Knowledge from education is the only property that cannot be stolen.” I am a survivor. And, now we are thriving with the opportunities we have been given.
I thank you for supporting my family as I finish my Bachelor’s degree and continue my journey to become a teacher.