There was great attendance and energy at the Children's Campaign Fund Olympia Legislative Reception on February 25, 2014. There were many bipartisan conversations on how we can help our kids, and we look forward to continuing to build momentum to help make Washington an even better place for kids.

The Olympia Reception was generously hosted by our Champions for Children former legislators: Lisa Brown (3rd District), Jeralita Costa (38th District), Deborah Eddy (48th District) Phyllis Kenney (46th District), Lynn Kessler (24th District), Renee Radcliff Sinclair (21st District) and Skip Priest (30th District).

"I was thrilled to see the bipartisan presence for kids at our February Waterstreet Cafe event," says Rene Murry chair of the board for Children's Campaign Fund. "The CCF Board pulled off a lovely reception and we all appreciate the many representatives, senators, staff and lobbyists who joined us that night. Lynn Kessler's words of support that night were inspirational. We can't wait for our next event to help spread the word of the importance of electing officials that champaign kids rights in Washington."

The Children's Campaign Fund Board Members are pleased to thank to the following elected officials who attended the Children's Campaign Fund Olympia Legislative Reception February 25, 2014:

  • Rep. Mary Helen Roberts

  • Rep. Chris Rykdal

  • Rep. Dean Takko

  • Rep. Joe Fitzgibbons

  • Rep. Linda Kochmar

  • Rep. Roger Goodman

  • Rep. Roger Freeman

  • Rep. Ruth Kagi

  • Rep. David Sawyer

  • Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self

  • Rep. Ross Hunter

  • Rep. Cyrus Habib

  • Rep. Eileen Cody

  • Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos

  • Rep. Marcus Riccelli

  • Rep. Tana Senn

  • Senator Sharon Nelson

  • Senator Steve Litzow

  • Senator Joe Fain

  • Senator Bob Hasegawa

  • Senator Michael Baumgartner

  • Senator Karen Kaiser

  • Senator Jeanne Kohl-Wells

Also in attendace were:

  • Former Rep. Lynn Kessler

  • Former Rep. Marci Maxwell

  • Former Rep. Rene Radcliff-Sinclair

  • Former Rep. Skip Priest

  • Former Rep. Dawn Morrell

From the Third House, Lonnie Johns-Brown Laurie Lippold and Beck Borgord joined us.

Staff from several officials joined us including Maralyn Pedersen from the office of Rep. Ross Hunter, Rory Paine-Donovan from the office of Rep. Luis Moscoso and Evan Clifthorne from the office of Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self.

CCF mourns the passing of Kip Tokuda. Rep Tokuda was an extraordinary champion for children as both an exceptional advocate for vulnerable children during his time as a State Representative, and, before that, in a number of different child advocacy roles including the Executive Director of the Washington State Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Kip was a great friend of children and families, and was driven by tremendous and compassionate advocacy for the very young, and vulnerable, a passion for ensuring racially equitable policies in our state, and monumental legislative efforts like passing the landmark Special Needs Adoption bill. We say goodbye to a dear friend.

There will be a public memorial service held at 2 p.m. Sunday July 21st at Kane Hall on the campus of the University of Washington.

The Children’s Campaign Fund is deeply saddened to report the passing of founding member Brewster Denny. Brewster’s life was defined by his love for his community and his exemplary record of public service. As a tireless advocate for children’s issues, Brewster Denny will be greatly missed, but his legacy will continue to better the lives of Washington’s children and families for years to come.

“When I joined the CCF board in 1999, one of the greatest thrills of my work as a new board member was serving with Brewster. His can do attitude and energy was infectious, and I learned so much from him. He was truly one of a kind. Indeed, his influence on and foundational leadership with the organization is still felt, and he made an extraordinary difference.”

– Joe Cunningham, Children’s Campaign Fund, Vice Chair

A public ceremony celebrating Brewster’s life will be held on July 9, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Epiphany Church in Seattle.