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Summer 2019 Newsletter

Brats & Brackets Gets Nothing But Net

Thanks to our strong supporters, this year's Brats & Brackets beat our fundraising goal. With over 200 in attendance, Leadership Launch received nearly $30,000 in donations, sponsorships, and in-kind funding.

Guests had a great time with our bigger-than-ever silent auction, featuring trips, gift certificates, and unique gifts. Dinner was a fabulous buffet of brats, side dishes, salads, and deserts. Some attendees watched the NCAA Tournament game on the big screen, but most enjoyed hanging out with new and old friends and enjoying the music and entertainment.

New this year was the Halftime Slam Dunk Frenzy, with each guest receiving a ball that they could "dunk" into a basket of their choice, coordinating with a donation level. Each time a guest dunked a ball, the board and staff of Leadership Launch did a special dance to celebrate!

Special thanks to Diamond Knot Brewery who donated the banners, brats and beer, Fremont Brewing Company who also donated beer, Brian and Laura Steinmetz for donating wine, Arturo Garcia from Outback Steakhouse for catering, Electronic Business Machines for printing, Kathy Coffey, Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County, for her keynote address, and to the City of Mukilteo who awarded Leadership Launch the wonderful location at Rosehill Community Center.

We’ve already begun planning for next year’s event. If you’d like to sponsor Brats & Brackets, or donate an item to our silent auction, please contact us.

We Are Culture Brings Community Together 

We Are Culture, this year's Leadership Launch Community Service Project, brought together nearly 200 community members and leaders to celebrate and discuss our cultural differences. The objective of this year’s project was to break down cultural barriers and increase cultural empathy through conversation.

 

The entire event was planned and managed by our Leadership Launch students. Highlights included special guests Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin and Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson, a special Native American drumming session, cultural dances, and food from around the world. Participants met in small groups, and discussed topics including family, culture, and community.

 

The event was MC’d by our own Leadership Launch students. Guests also brought food to share. Dishes represented one of six continents around the world including Africa, Europe, Asia, South America, North America and Oceana.

 

Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell, Director of Equity for the Mukilteo School District and Principal Consultant/CEO for Co3 Consulting, provided guests with a wonderful introduction and discussion guidelines, and also led a training session prior to the event for table hosts who led discussions during the event.

 

We are also thankful to all of our partners who participated in our Bonus Booth Hour prior to the event. Our students and guests had fun learning about many great programs and opportunities in our community.

We Are Culture, this year's Leadership Launch Community Service Project, brought together nearly 200 community members and leaders to celebrate and discuss our cultural differences. The objective of this year’s project was to break down cultural barriers and increase cultural empathy through conversation.

 

The entire event was planned and managed by our Leadership Launch students. Highlights included special guests Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin and Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson, a special Native American drumming session, cultural dances, and food from around the world. Participants met in small groups, and discussed topics including family, culture, and community.

 

The event was MC’d by our own Leadership Launch students. Guests also brought food to share. Dishes represented one of six continents around the world including Africa, Europe, Asia, South America, North America and Oceana.

 

Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell, Director of Equity for the Mukilteo School District and Principal Consultant/CEO for Co3 Consulting, provided guests with a wonderful introduction and discussion guidelines, and also led a training session prior to the event for table hosts who led discussions during the event.

 

We are also thankful to all of our partners who participated in our Bonus Booth Hour prior to the event. Our students and guests had fun learning about many great programs and opportunities in our community.

We Are Culture, this year's Leadership Launch Community Service Project, brought together nearly 200 community members and leaders to celebrate and discuss our cultural differences. The objective of this year’s project was to break down cultural barriers and increase cultural empathy through conversation.

 

The entire event was planned and managed by our Leadership Launch students. Highlights included special guests Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin and Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson, a special Native American drumming session, cultural dances, and food from around the world. Participants met in small groups, and discussed topics including family, culture, and community.

 

The event was MC’d by our own Leadership Launch students. Guests also brought food to share. Dishes represented one of six continents around the world including Africa, Europe, Asia, South America, North America and Oceana.

 

Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell, Director of Equity for the Mukilteo School District and Principal Consultant/CEO for Co3 Consulting, provided guests with a wonderful introduction and discussion guidelines, and also led a training session prior to the event for table hosts who led discussions during the event.

 

We are also thankful to all of our partners who participated in our Bonus Booth Hour prior to the event. Our students and guests had fun learning about many great programs and opportunities in our community.

Graduates and New Students

2019 saw two of our students graduate from high school. Abudulkarim Sankareh graduated from Mariner high school, and will attend UW Seattle and plans to pursue a career in neuroscience. Frank Blanco Yañez, also graduated from Mariner high school, will attend UW Seattle as well with plans to major in law, societies and justices major with a business administration minor focusing on entrepreneurship. Frank and Abdulkarim also plan on sharing a room together on campus at UW! Both plan on staying involved in Leadership Launch through their freshman year in college.

 

This year, nearly 20 students were nominated to the program.  Leadership Launch interviewed 12 students interested in participating in the program. Eight will receive acceptance letters this summer to start the program in the fall, six freshmen and two upperclassmen.

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