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Mercer Island Directory celebrates 75 years of publication

  • Friday, October 13, 2017 12:53pm
  • Life

Are you familiar with a small square book that says Mercer Island Directory? If you live on the Island and have a telephone number listed in it, you receive a new copy every year. Now is the time to update your current information. If you’re not in the book, submit your name, address and telephone number to be added.

The MI Directory has been published and distributed for 75 years by the Mercer Island guild. It sends all net proceeds to Seattle Children’s Hospital to support uncompensated care.

It’s a telephone directory of Mercer Island residents, mailed to all listed residents of the Island. Approximately 6,000 copies are mailed out in March each year.

The guild also asks for donations from residents after they get the book. In 2017, it sent over $100,000 to Seattle Children’s. The directory the total is over $4 million since its first publication.

In addition to being mailed to households on the Island, the directory is also available at Island Books and the Chamber of Commerce. They ask for a $10 donation, which goes straight to Seattle Children’s.

2018 marks 90 years that the guild has been in existence and 75 years since the directory was started.

“We recognize that the ways of hard copy telephone directories are going away, but we also know that longtime residents on the Island love it,” according to the guild. “The MI directory is a local tradition and it’s important to all of us in the guild to keep it going, supporting Seattle Children’s.”

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