Annual Fundraiser to Elect Champions for Children
Thank you for making the Children's Campaign Fund annual fundraising event on June 22 a success!
Children, especially those most at risk, need strong advocates in the legislature and every dollar of your donation goes to electing Champions for Children.
As we continue the Children's Campaign Fund endorsement process (read the CCF endorsements here), we are excited to help advocates for children as they take on some of the most competitive races across the state.
Honoring Rep. Mary Helen Roberts
Children's Campaign Fund honored Representative Mary Helen Roberts for her years of fiercely supportive and inspiring service in the Washington House of Representatives and to the Children's Campaign Fund at the June 22 Annual Fundraiser to Elect Champions of Children.
Representative Roberts, a founding board member, served as the first chair of CCF. She was on the board from 1990 until she was elected to the House in 2004. Roberts served five terms for the 21st Legislative District, which includes most of Edmonds, Mukilteo, a portion of south Everett and surrounding unincorporated areas.
By all accounts, she focused her efforts on improving the lives of children and families.
Most recently, Roberts served as the vice-chair on the House Public Safety Committee as well as committees that addressed issues of education, labor, children, justice and human services.
She worked with law enforcement agencies and youth advocates for legislation to established alternatives to incarceration for youth, ensure youth offenders are tried in juvenile court and expand options for youth offenders with mental health issues.
"Mary Helen brought a passion to the legislature for children and families, in particular for children and families affected by incarceration," said Rep. Ruth Kagi. "She expanded how we look at vulnerable children. She sponsored three different extended foster care bills, which expanded the definition of what a foster child is, so we don't just dump them out of the street when they are 18."
Continuing her remarks before Rep. Roberts was presented with a commemoration by Joe Cunningham for her years of service, Rep. Kagi stated "[Recently] I looked at the statistics of the number of children that leave foster care and become homeless. Mary Helen has been responsible for changing the law so that happens much less frequently."
"[The Children's Campaign Fund Board] was so excited to have Mary Helen Roberts in the legislature," said Susan Weiss, CCF board member, during the event. "She continued the advocacy she did with CCF and translated it into action to improve the lives of children and families. We can't thank you enough."
Thank you to our sponsors!
CCF Champion Sponsors ($500+)
Bobbe and Jon Bridge
CCF Event Sponsors ($200-$499)
Phoebe Sade Anderson
Charles and Nancy Bagley
Bright Spring Consulting
Linda Brown and Larry True
Suzanne Dale Estey
Ben Danielson, MD
Mary Lou Dickerson
Pat and Susan Dunn
Ginny English and Steve Holt
Mark and Benita Gjurasic
Danette Glassy, MD
The Hon. Fred Jarrett
Lonnie Johns Brown
Mike Kasprzak and Betty Williams
The Hon. Lynn Kessler
Kurose and Nathan Rothman
The Hon. Steve Litzow
The Hon. Marcie Maxwell
Chuck and Rene Murry
The Hon. Al O’Brien
Linda Quan, MD
The Hon. Renee Radcliff Sinclair
Kristen Rogers and Nick Federici
Susan Sandall and Tony Williams
The Hon. Tana Senn
Don Shifrin, MD and Bobbi Chamberlain
Cynthia Shurtleff and David Shurtleff, MD
Jeffrey Stolz, MD
Gayle and Jack Thompson
Jessica Wallace and Joshua Thompson
Eric Trupin, MD
Susan Abby Weiss