Update: Let’s go fly a kite at Mercerdale Park event canceled

Studio 904 and Great Winds Kite Company were planning to help people build and fly kites on July 29.

Proceeds from this week’s kite flying event will be donated to the MIYFS children’s mental health program. Contributed image

Proceeds from this week’s kite flying event will be donated to the MIYFS children’s mental health program. Contributed image

Studio 904 on Mercer Island planned to partner with Ken and Suzanne Conrad, owners of the Great Winds Kite Company, for a special event on July 29, but the event has been canceled due to hot weather concerns.

On that afternoon, kids and parents could learn to build, decorate and fly their own kites. Proceeds from the event would have been donated to the Mercer Island Youth and Family Services (MIYFS) children’s mental health program.

The Conrads have been clients of Studio 904 owner Kay Hirai for more than 35 years, before the salon even moved to Mercer Island. Hirai is a “socially responsible entrepreneur, author and artist” who often hosts charitable events at her business.

Hirai announced that with clients’ help and contributions, she was still able to raise $200 for MIYFS, which she will match.

Ken Conrad is “interested in getting the kids to appreciate the environment and the art of making and flying kites,” Hirai said.

“As much as we were looking forward to making and flying kites with you and your families, this hot weather has us concerned about hosting an event in a park with no shade,” Hirai wrote in an email.

This story was updated at 11 a.m. on July 27.

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