Celebrate the Love of Community

Thank you!

Our annual Celebrate! the Love of Community event on February 24, 2022 was a fun, joyful evening. While we were virtual, guests were able to hop from table to table and get to know each other as well as learn about local organizations.  We showcased local people, a collaboration that helped Afghan refugees get access to vaccines, and much more.

Many thanks to all those who supported the event, who attended, who participated in our montage videos, and who were in the background making all the technology work (that’s you, Michael B. Maine!).

We look forward to celebrating in person next year!

If you couldn’t make the event, you can still make a contribution. This year has shown us that RRCF is a valuable resource in our region, and as the effects of the pandemic continue, we need them to continue to respond to ease the strain. Here is the place to give today.

Make a contribution

And here are links to parts of our program!

This Joy song and montage – We asked community members to submit photos and videos to intersperse in this video. Some of you participated – thank you!

Donor Video – a two minute video featuring John Hansen and Caleb and Derek Andres-Berndt

Remarks by Executive Director LeAnne Moss and Community Voices – This is about 6 minutes long and at the end features a really great montage of community members saying what they love about the community. Again, thank you to those of you who participated!

Afghan Health Initiative and Health Commons collaborative – A short video highlighting a partnership that resulted in Afghan refugees getting access to vaccines.

Derek Nguyen a student from our non-profit partner, Key to Change, who performed for us.

And if you want to sit back and watch the full 42 minutes in the program flow, here is that link.

Sponsors

Many thanks to our Community Sponsors:

Our Connective Sponsors:

Brian and Nancy Quint

Our Supportive Sponsors:

Marlene and Roger Winter Fund                          Myung Lae Park
We appreciate these groups for their help in engaging Washington’s Poet Laureate for this event:

The 2021 Event

Obviously our 2021 event was different. However, even in a virtual space, we were able to create a sense of community and connection and celebrate the good work in our area. You can go here to view our whole program, or click on the programmatic links below:

Intergenerational Conversation  

Listen to this connecting conversation between RRCF Founder and community leader, Char Baker, and Ryan Quigtar, executive director of Renton Innovation Zone Partnership. They have differences in age and life experiences, but they share common values around community and connection.

Inspiring Non-profits

These three organizations received funding from RRCF either through our CARE Together Fund or through our fund advisors (or both!).

Centro Rendu

Babies of Homelessness

UTOPIA of WA

The 2020 Event

In 2020 we were so fortunate that we had our Celebrate event the week before COVID-19 hit – on Thursday, February 27th. Little did we know what was about to happen and this would be the last time we could gather as a large community for months. It was a wonderful evening, as you will see from the photos.

We honored the following community members as League of Extraordinary Givers:

Public Spirit Award: Robin Abel

Patrons of the Year Award: Tom and Karen Easton

Lifetime of Giving Award: Lani Cavit, Ted Rodriguez, and Judi Schafer

Rising Star Award: Winter Cashman-Crane

We also were blessed by dancing from the Ubumwe Rwandese Women Dance group and music from Analisa Ruiz, a student with Key to Change. Several of our grantee partners also had tables during the reception where they connected with guests.

The 2019 Event

We had a great night on February 6th as we celebrated our 20th anniversary and inducted new community members into the League of Extraordinary Givers. Here are some photos from the celebration. Thanks to all who came out in the cold and joined us!