WWE wrestlers honor Mercer Island kids for Haiti charity work
By ELIZABETH CELMS
Mercer Island Reporter Contributor
March 16, 2010 · Updated 2:22 PM
Becky Isaac, 7, and her brother Jonah, 9, spent last Tuesday with World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) biggest superstars.
As WWE Community Champions, the children got to meet superstar Rey Mysterio backstage at the March 9 WWE Smackdown show in Seattle’s Key Arena.
“It was really fun. We got to go back and get our picture taken with one of the wrestlers,” said Jonah Isaac.
The children’s mother, Marlo Isaac, admitted that it was the family’s first introduction to the world of “wrestlemania.”
“At first my kids were a little overwhelmed,” she said. “There were fans screaming and cheering everywhere. But once they got backstage, the [WWE superstars] were very sweet. They felt really special that they were treated with these autographs.”
Last month, the magazine WWE Kids dubbed Becky and Jonah Isaac as Community Champions for their efforts to help the victims of Haiti’s January earthquake.
On Jan. 18, the two siblings, with help from their parents, organized a community bake sale in the Town Center to raise funds for the victims of Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake.
Through e-mail and phone tree communication, the family was able to rally a group of more than a dozen parents and children to contribute baked goods and sweets to the fundraiser. In total, the bake sale raised an estimated $2,500 for the Red Cross’ Haiti relief.
In addition to being invited backstage at last week’s WWE Smackdown show, Jonah and Becky Isaac will be featured in an upcoming issue of WWE Kids magazine. A photo of the children with Rey Mysterio will run with a small write-up on why they are Community Champions.
“I think it will be fun to be in the magazine. I’ve never been in a magazine before,” Jonah Isaac said.
Marlo Isaac said her son and daughter were surprised at the reaction they received for the Haiti fundraiser.
“My son said, ‘But it was just a bake sale,’” she said. “We told them, look how people are responding to what you kids did. The point was that you wanted to make something happen, and it did.”
Asked what it felt like to become WWE Kids stars overnight, the brother and sister responded with bashful humility.
“I’m really glad we did the bake sale,” Becky Isaac said. “I didn’t expect to be in a magazine.”
“It’s kind of happy. That’s how it feels,” her brother added.