May 2019

Bringing joy, hope and dignity to homeless children with the gift of a birthday party.
"We make a living by what we get. We  make a life  by what we give.”
―Winston S. Churchill
Our thanks to Birthday Dreams' amazing individual and community supporters. This issue salutes you, showcases creative ways to get or stay involved, and solicits your feedback on ways that we can enhance our community outreach. Together we can do more!
Community support is essential to our mission. Below are some examples of support we've received from local businesses over the past few months.
Our thanks to the Seattle chapter of  National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) who, for the third year in a row, selected Birthday Dreams as the recipient of all donations gifted during Raise the Paddle at its Annual Gala, plus a portion of the auction.

Birthday Dreams volunteers (pictured above) had a great time at the event, which raised $9,000 in support of Birthday Dreams!

Thank you NACE!
Learning Express has a great selection of games and toys - and is an ongoing partner of Birthday Dreams. Our thanks to Learning Express for donating 20% of their sales on February 22 to Birthday Dreams. We received $378 as a result of this annual shop for a cause event.
On April 25, Kevin Busby of The Farmers Insurance Agency and Thai Nguyen of Keller Williams "The Win Team", together with the Whistle Stop Ale House , hosted a silent auction to benefit Birthday Dreams. The event yielded $2815 in proceeds. A big thank you to everyone who was as part of making this fun event so successful.
glassybaby named Birthday Dreams the March recipient of its $3000 #glassybabybabygrant.

Founded in 2001 by three-time cancer survivor Lee Rhodes, the core mission of glassybaby revolves around the power of giving....Thank you glassybaby, for your recognition and support.
If you have a community outreach idea or are aware of a grant Birthday Dreams might be eligible to apply for? Please Let us know!
Join our Community Outreach Team ! We are looking for volunteers to attend day or evening events around the Puget Sound. Outreach volunteers guide teams of people from local businesses in assembling items that are used at our birthday parties. We also have outreach speaking opportunities. Interested? Contact our outreach coordinator Leah Battin.

Other ways to get involved : We are always looking for help, from gift wrappers and drivers to writers and .NET web developers. Please consider sharing your time and talent. Let us know how you'd like to help.

Upcoming volunteer orientations will be held Saturday, May 18, 2019 @ 11:00 AM , Tuesday, June 11 @ 6 PM and Saturday, June 15 @11 AM . All orientations are held at the Birthday Dreams' office at 1084 Kirkland Ave NE, Renton, WA.
A BIG thank you to the 23 donors who contributed to Birthday Dreams during GiveBig 2019. $7130 was raised!

Special thanks to Ben and Shelby Dobbs and Laura Cameron who generously provided matching funds.
Birthday Club
Birthday Dreams appreciates each and every donation.

Our Birthday Club further honors and recognizes donors at the following giving levels: Superhero, Hero, Champion and Friend. The Birthday Club is updated quarterly. Click here to donate and join the Birthday Club today!
10th Birthday Party Highlights
On Saturday, May 4, the force was with us (literally) as the community, Birthday Dreams volunteers, local celebrities, and members of the 501st legion came out to celebrate 10 years of Birthday Dreams.

Our thanks to each and every individual and organization who made this event a success.
With your support and the support of our amazing sponsors, we raised approximately $12,000 for Birthday Dreams - that's nearly 100 birthday parties! Click here to view the event photo gallery.
Cake Baking Competition: 1st Place Winners
Danielle McCormack
Name: Chicken and Waffles
Harshada Patil
Name: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Anabelle & CJ Kisky
Name: Making magic
Our judges, Kevin Moulder (owner of  Cubes Baking Company), Jasmin Bell Smith (owner of  Bells Pastries), and Caren Maldon (Birthday Dreams Board Chair ) commented time and again on the amazing talent represented at the competition.

Cake Bakers Needed: If you or someone you know has a passion for baking, be a part of granting Birthday Dreams by joining our army of cake bakers. Please don't be intimidated by the photos above, cake bakers of all ages and skill levels are needed. Let us know if you'd like to help.
Foremost Printing
Use the Promo Code, BDD2K2019 and 10% of the sales to Foremost Printing
will be donated to Birthday Dreams.

Let Foremost Printing help you with your printing needs, for inquires or requests:
Call 206-501-5372

Offer valid through December 31, 2019
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Birthday Dreams | P. 425-988-3954 | |
PO Box 2722 | Renton, WA 98056