Twelve Generous Island Businesses To Donate 20% of Proceeds on February 13th to Mercer Island Youth and Family Services

Mayor Bruce Bassett and wife Nannette join the fun through promotional video

Twelve generous Mercer Island businesses will be “Giving from the Heart” on Wednesday, February 13th by donating 20% of their revenue that day to Mercer Island Youth and Family Services. Now in it’s third year, the Giving from the Heart Shopping and Dining Program helps raise funds for MIYFS, the primary social services organization on the Island. This year, Mayor Bruce Bassett and his wife Nannette are getting in on the fun by appearing in a video to promote the program.

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This years businesses include some past participants: Island Books, Stopsky’s Delicatessen, Studio 904 Hair Design and Spa, Tatters, YogaBliss, Auto Spa, Pete’s South Mercer Chevron, Yo Mercer Self Serve Frozen Yogurt, Indulge Full Service Salon, and Alpenland Delicatessen, along with program new-comers—Freshy’s Seafood Market and Deli and C.Michele Interior Lifestyles. You can get more information about the businesses and featured items on the Giving from the Heart Business Program web page.

Community members are asked to shop and dine at these businesses any time on Wednesday, February 13th and 20% of their purchase will automatically go directly to Mercer Island Youth and Family Services.

“The Giving from the Heart Shopping and Dining Program offers support for the important work that Mercer Island Youth and Family Services is doing in our community, and it’s great for the businesses participating,” said Mercer Island Mayor Bruce Bassett. “Nannette and I are glad to be a part of it and encourage all Islanders to get out there and shop and dine at these generous businesses on February 13th.”

The Bassett’s appear in a fun video that promotes the program that shows them visiting all twelve participating businesses. Among other things, the video shows the Bassett’s, chatting it up with Island Books owner Roger Page, flipping burgers with Stopsky’s owner Jeff Sanderson, handing over the credit card at Tatters, striking a ‘warrior pose’ with YogaBliss owner Maria Bliss, and getting a trim from owner Kay Harai at Studio 904.

The Giving from the Heart Shopping and Dining Program is one component of the annual Giving from the Heart Campaign to support Mercer Island Youth and Family Services. The campaign kicks off with a fundraising breakfast for 500 and includes an art program in the schools and glass heart sales around the Island for the month of February. Registration is currently open for the 2013 breakfast and reservations can be made online or by calling 206.275-7751. Honorary Chairs for the breakfast are Island statesman, public transportation advocate and health care reformer Aubrey Davis; and 83-year Island resident, avid walker and community volunteer Virginia Moss Anderson. (See related post)

About the Giving from the Heart Campaign

The Giving from the Heart Campaign is the primary fundraising event for Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Foundation. Last year over $100,000 was brought in at the event to support Mercer Island Youth and Family Services. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, February 13th. The campaign kicks off with the Giving from the Heart Breakfast from 7am to 8:30am at the Mercer Island Community and Events Center. The breakfast is free, but attendees will be asked to make a donation to Youth and Family Services at the event. More information can be found and reservations for the breakfast can be made online or by calling 206.275.7751.

Maren-Swenson Fund has once again stepped up as a $25,000 Matching Sponsor. The breakfast costs are supported through sponsorship. Major sponsors include: Island Crust Cafe, Union Bank, Tatters, Gull Industries, Ellen and John Gordon Hill, Lybeck Murphy LLP, Jennifer Sik, Bernstein Global Wealth Management, Drs. Bill McNeill & Kara McColloch, Sterling Savings and Mercer Island Pediatrics.

About Mercer island Youth and Family Services

Mercer Island Youth and Family Services is the human services department of the City of Mercer Island that provides development, support and assistance programs to residents. MIYFS touches every member of our community through counselors in the schools, senior outreach and advocacy, affordable family counseling, drug and alcohol prevention programs, arrested youth and early intervention programs, family assistance and a thriving thrift store.

About Youth and Family Services Foundation

The MIYFS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in 1989 to support and enhance the work of MIYFS through fundraising efforts. The board continues to grow in its capacity to raise funds to support its vision of a healthy community for all youth, adults and families.

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