November’s Wine Women & Shoes event featured a “Rags to Riches” theme.
Olive Crest’s fifth annual Wine Women & Shoes event was held on Friday, November 9, at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. More than 300 guests attended and helped raise over $243,000 for Olive Crest’s foster care programs. The glamorous evening consisted of shopping at eight marketplace vendors, tasting wines from our wine partners, enjoying a fashion show, and bidding on silent and live auction packages. They also participated in our “Key to the Closet” raffle relating to this year’s “Rags to Riches” theme inspired by Cinderella. Thank you to all who made this event special and supported foster families throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Here’s a great way to make your grocery shopping easier and support Olive Crest at the same time: Buy a reusable Olive Crest bag at your favorite store. The bags are now offered at Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions, Northgate Markets, Gelson’s, and Numero Uno — and 8 cents from each bag purchased is donated directly back to Olive Crest.
It’s a great way to support Olive Crest’s work in your community. Look for the Olive Crest bags in your neighborhood store, and help us move toward our goal of ending the cycle of child abuse and neglect.
[Heather Wood, co-owner of Woodwork Tattoo and Gallery, with some hygiene drive items.]
Sometimes, Olive Crest families need help with basic everyday items. That’s why we’re so grateful that Woodwork Tattoo and Gallery in Bremerton hosted a hygiene drive to benefit our kids and families in the West Sound area. Woodwork collected nearly $700 worth of diapers, wipes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, blankets, brushes, and other items to assist Olive Crest families. All those who dropped off supplies were eligible to enter a drawing to win a $150 gift certificate from the shop.
It all started when the shop co-owner, Heather, got to know an Olive Crest foster family. We now have a solid partnership with her and Woodwork, and she plans to host other drives for us throughout the year. They will be doing Christmas gifts, as well. A hearty thanks to Heather, her crew, and everyone who donated!
You probably already know that Smart & Final is a great place to shop for quality groceries at great prices. But did you know that the company’s management and employees care very much about the children and families in the communities they serve? Case in point, this summer they presented a $400,000 check to Olive Crest from their most recent in-store mobile campaign! This fantastic donation will greatly impact the children and families of Olive Crest. We can’t thank Smart & Final enough for their passion and contribution to the ongoing fight against child abuse.
Every year, Olive Crest hosts a golf tournament at the beautiful Golf Club at Newcastle in Washington State — it’s a great day of fun that raises thousands of dollars to help abused, neglected, and hurting children. This year, attendees learned about a new partnership for Olive Crest called the Bridge Receiving Center. Starting in January 2019, this center will offer a warm, welcoming place for boys age 6 to 10 in the Pacific Northwest who are about to enter the child welfare system and will give Olive Crest staff some time to find a loving, safe home the children lingering in social work offices or staying in motel rooms during that traumatic transition.
Thanks to this successful Annual Golf Tournament, more than $58,000 was raised to help children and families! Thank you, volunteers and sponsors, for making this such a huge success for our kids!
Teens had fun with makeup donated by Point Hope this past year, along with their generous donation of water bottles, which were given to our kids for school.
Everyone supporting the kids and teens at Olive Crest helps transform lives! Today, we’d like to send special thanks to Delilah, host of the “Lights Out with Delilah” radio show in the Pacific Northwest, and her foundation, Point Hope, which focuses on foster care. This past year, kids and teens at Olive Crest enjoyed hundreds of makeup donated by Point Hope. Point Hope also donated water bottles that went to our kids as they headed back to school. We are so excited to partner with the fine organizations and people who help benefit the children and teens we serve!
Mickie Sharp-Villanueva and Dave Grosse from The Performance Group have been selected as the 2018 Ambassador for the Children award recipients. These outstanding individuals were honored at our recent An Education for Every Child luncheon, where they were praised for their “strong servant leadership and selfless dedication to Olive Crest and the families that are supported.” Their personal investments and service for over 20 years has greatly impacted the children and families we serve. Thank you, Dave and Mickie! What a blessing you are!
How can you tell when your backpack drive is a success? When you see the smiling faces of the kids who’ll proudly be sporting them back to school. You truly outdid yourselves with your support this year. There was such a great variety that every child was able to find a perfect backpack. And inside each backpack were all the supplies needed to get the school year off to a great start!
Backpacks were distributed to the community and at our annual picnic, where dozens of our foster families gathered for a fun day of playing games, making slime, and eating great food supplied by Chipotle. Thank you for making it all possible through your generous support.
Olive Crest kids in the Pacific Northwest recently received new bikes, thanks to the staffing agency People Connect and the organization Together We Rise. People Connect worked with Together We Rise to order the bikes, and Together We Rise made sure our kids benefitted. These bikes had a wonderful impact on the kids, shown through a couple stories below.
Excitement rang through one foster family and their grade-school-aged boy when his bike showed up at their home. When the mom answered the door, she was ecstatic that the bike was exactly the same as the boy’s recently broken bike – she knew how much her boy would love it. The boy was so excited when she told him that there was a new bike waiting for him in the garage. Because it was just like his old favorite bike, he was especially thankful and joyful! In addition, People Connect made him a personal card that he loved – he even pointed out all his favorite parts of it.
Two other boys just entering foster care had birthdays approaching quickly. While the boys, their biological mom, and their foster mom were at court, the two moms met each other for the first time. The boys’ biological mom was heartbroken that she was going to miss their birthdays and worried that they would not receive any gifts. The foster mom reassured her that Olive Crest provided the boys with brand new bikes – and the biological mother burst into tears. She seemed to believe that she and her boys were truly valued and cared for, as she hugged the foster mom and thanked her and Olive Crest repeatedly.
Thank you again to People Connect and Together We Rise for making these beautiful moments possible!
Reading to children helps greatly in developing their communication and language skills, and also helps heal the lives of at-risk children. Recently, a successful book drive in the Pacific Northwest brought these gifts to Olive Crest foster children. Between individual donors and a donation matching program through Usborne Books & More, children were blessed by $1,800 worth in books. There was also a book drive hosted by Newlife Church (Central Kitsap Campus). A wish list based on the typical ages of kids that come into care was created, so the most beneficial books could be distributed to the children. Supporters could get involved by purchasing a book from the wish list to donate, purchasing a book for themselves, or by donating money. Whichever way people chose to donate, Usborne books matched the value of the donation by 50%.
Thank you to our many generous donors! We are so grateful for you!
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