Islander and businesswoman, Barb Hovsepian reports that the fund for the victims of the landslide in Oso, Wash., reached $21,410 last weekend.
On Friday, the fund was just short of $20,000.
“Late Friday afternoon, Eli Seidel, the Au Courant & The DEN Salon attendant on duty, heard we were only $34 away from $20,000,” said Hovsepian. “So he asked me to please take it out of his paycheck to get us to the $20,000 mark. So thanks to Eli, Mercer Island Cares Oso Much hit $20,000 on Day 11.”
Before Eli put them over the mark, there were other contributions and actions that have continued to amaze organizers.
“A woman who had read the story in the Mercer Island Reporter came in to the salon and gave $1,000,” Hovespian told the Reporter.
Diane Larson, Owner of Mercer Island Florist, not only met the “Big Love Business Challenge” of $500 but also is adding a ‘Mercer Island Cares Oso Much’ flyer, to every floral delivery on Mercer Island during the campaign to raise awareness. But after $8,000 was brought in in just a few days, she and her team quickly revised it to $25,000.
All donations are tax deductible and 100 percent of the money goes to Oso relief.
Make checks payable to the Cascade Valley Foundation Relief Fund.
Donations can be dropped off at Au Courant Salon & The DEN at 7900 S.E. 28th St. between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Contact Barb Hovsepian at email@example.com, or call, 206-232-1336.
Carrie York, DDS
Islander and dentist, Carrie York will hold a fundraiser at her Island office by donating her fees for cleaning and sealant appointments on April 19, to Oso relief. All proceeds will go to the North Counties Relief Fund.
For details, contact her office at 232-2505. Donations of any type and amount are welcome at any time.
Another way to help is to send money to the Snohomish County Red Cross.
There are three ways to donate.
• Visit their online donation website at www.redcross.org/wa/everett, or
• Call 1-800-redcross. Tell them to direct your donation to ‘Snohomish County’ or,
• Use a cellphone: Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or,
• Mail a check to: Red Cross Snohomish County, 2530 Lombard Avenue, Everett, WA 98021.