The community is invited to join Aubrey Davis, Virginia Moss Anderson and 500 community-focused Islanders for the 11th annual Giving From The Heart Breakfast, which supports the Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Foundation (MIYFS).
The breakfast has become a tradition among Islanders. This year’s signature fundraising event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center. The breakfast is free, but attendees will be asked to make a donation to Youth and Family Services at the event.
Among the major sponsors of the event are Island Crust Cafe, Union Bank, Tatters, Gull Industries, John and Ellen Hill, Lybeck Murphy LLP, Jennifer Sik, Berstein Global Wealth Management and Drs. Bill McNeill & Kara McColloch. The Maren-Swenson Fund is a $25,000 matching sponsor.
All proceeds from the event support MIYFS, the human services department of the City of Mercer Island. MIYFS has counselors in schools, senior outreach and advocacy, affordable family counseling, drug and alcohol prevention programs, arrested-youth and early intervention programs, family assistance and a thriving thrift store. Last year over $100,000 was raised at the event to support MIYFS.
Davis and Anderson are honorary chairs for the breakfast. Davis is an Island statesman, public transportation advocate and health care reformer; and Anderson, an 83-year Island resident, is an avid walker and community volunteer. Both understand and exemplify the long-running Mercer Island tradition of connecting with and giving back to their local community.
Davis, 95, has had a significant impact on Mercer Island and the Northwest. He served on the Mercer Island City Council from 1967-1978 and was mayor from 1970-1973. He helped with Mercer Island’s incorporation as a city and was critical in negotiating the redesign of I-90 across the Island and the Lid Park.
Anderson, 86, moved to Mercer Island with her family when she was 4 years old. She attended the old East Seattle School and later attended Franklin High School. She remembers her mother driving the school bus to Franklin during the war. Her sister was the Queen of the Floating Bridge, her father was president of the Keewaydin — the Island’s North end improvement club — and her mother was one of the early presidents of the Children’s Hospital Guild, which publishes the Mercer Island Directory.
For 30 years Anderson worked at Emmy’s Attic, the thrift store that was run by the Emmanuel Church, and she has been an active member of the Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild, Camp Fire Girls, the Mercer Island Historical Society, Probus and Fran Call’s Soulmates, with whom she still walks every Wednesday. Anderson resides in the East Seattle home where she raised her family, and her daughter and family still live in Anderson's 1919 childhood home.
Reservations for the breakfast can be made at www.bit.ly/GFTH13.