It only took a day for business-owner, Barb Hovsepian, who set up a fund to benefit the community of Oso, Wash., fund last week, to collect $3,000. By week’s end she had $13,000 in donations and the thanks, help and enthusiasm of others.
She said she has been touched and moved by the generosity of Islanders who immediately embraced her cause.
She met Islander Cara Starnes, who has chosen ‘Mercer Island Cares Oso Much’ as her Mitzvah project.
“Cara has gone to camp in Arlington every summer and felt moved to participate,” Hovsepian said. “She will spend her spring break passing out flyers and raising money and plans to contact her friends and relatives to encourage them to give to Oso relief.”
Sarah Hyatt, an employee in the Chase bank building on the Island, upon receiving a flyer, handed Hosvepian a $100 bill. “I won this in Vegas, the people in Oso need it more.”
She also has ties to the area.
Sarah grew up in Arlington and has a personal connection there. Her co-workers followed her example by giving another $250.
An Au Courant client, hugged Hovespian and tucked $500 in her hand and whispered in her ear “This is for the people in Oso, ‘God bless them.”’
But she wanted her contribution to remain anonymous.
“The community has been thankful for the opportunity to give,” Hovsepian said. “Everyone who gave simply said, ‘I wanted to do something and this is a great opportunity to help.’”
People read the Reporter story in addition to hearing about Mercer Island Cares Oso much on KIRO.
But many were simply people who came through the front door of the salon.
“Contributions from (our) clients of Au Courant and the DEN make up more than a third of the donations as of last Friday,” she added.
“I am touched by the generosity of our community,” she said.
How to give
• All donations are tax deductible and 100 percent of the money goes to the Oso relief.
• Make checks payable to: The Cascade Valley Foundation Relief Fund.
• Drop off cash or checks between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday at the Au Courant Salon & The DEN at 7900 S.E. 28th St.
• Questions? Want to help? Call 232-1336.
Mercer Island Cares Oso Much April 5 total $13,005
Island business $500 challenge donors
Windermere Real Estate
Au Courant Salon & The DEN
Charles Peterson M.D., Objective Orthopedic Evaluation
The Rosauer Company
Mak Abulhosn M.D. Mercer Island Foot & Ankle
Lory Lybeck PS - Attorney at Law
Charles Solarno & Associates John Hancock (with corporate match)
Allen and Barbara Hovsepian
Robert and Bobbi Bridge
The Gall Family
Chris and Vicki Pallis
Gayle & Robert Seda
George & Wanda Hughes
Mike and Susan Cero
Fred and Gina Radke
David and Lisa Tweter
Mary Ellen Vetto
Matthew Cavanaugh and Anne Kusaka
Patrick and Margie Ogawa
Melinda and Jonathan Smith