It does take a Village by League Chair Paige Kilborn-Otero

It has been my real pleasure to serve as Chair of such an incredible group of people doing incredible things for the children at Ryther and I am happy to be able to serve again this next year.  A big thanks to the Mardi Unit on Whidbey Island, who raised close to $30,000 at their event last October, to the Blue Ridge Unit that raised $38,000 at their Oktoberfest event, with the welcome help of Moonlighting, to Sou’Wester for their incredible sales of Poinsettias during the holidays, to the Noel Unit for raising close to $40,000 at their Holiday Luncheon, to the Forest Drive Unit for their hard work in the Receiving Room putting together Holiday items (from left overs) for the thrift store, Thank you! To all of you that contributed to the Kids Holiday Store, put together Easter Baskets, baked cookies, brought in birthday cakes, provided haircuts to the kids, to those of you who work in the Receiving Room and the thrift store, thank you!

 For the generosity of members at our luncheons for filling the need for shoes, clothing and kitchen supplies, you are helping children feel valued and cared for.  It takes a Village for sure! We are actually doing more with less League members, which means that we are all stepping up.

Paige, along with Newman, also a Ryther volunteer as a canine companion to kids in the Cottage Program

Paige, along with Newman, who is also a volunteer as a canine companion to kids in the Cottage Program

The mission of the League is to support Ryther in its endeavors on behalf of children, youth and their families through fundraising and direct service activities. League members find meaningful community within their Unit, while raising awareness and educating the public about Ryther’s role in creating healthy children and stronger families. The League welcomes new members and new thrift store volunteers. Please contact the Liaison at 206.517.0215.

 

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A Great Lady

We were informed this week of the passing of Barbara Kilborn, a long time and faithful member of the Ryther League. Barbara was a special friend to the children of Ryther and all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She had that rare combination of qualities like dignity with warmth, humor and kindness.
She was quiet and unassuming yet clearly a competently determined hard worker who could encourage and support others. Our sympathies go out to Barbara’s family. We will all miss her dearly.

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