Spread Joy and Donate Toys

Giving Tree Issaquah Highlands Grand Ridge Plaza

Grand Ridge Plaza Giving Tree Issaquah HighlandsDid you know that the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank (IFCB) needs new toy and gift donations for kids?

This holiday season, Grand Ridge Plaza is partnering with IFCB to host a toy and gift drive to make holiday wishes come true.

From November 17 through December 4, you’re invited to choose a gift tag from the Giving Tree located next to Regal Cinemas and donate the item. Donations can be dropped off inside Regal Cinemas, and Santa’s elves will ensure safe delivery to IFCB.

Each donation will be given to a child whose family may not have the funds for new gifts. Kids may be in a foster home or temporary housing—somewhere where access to toys is limited.

Last year, IFCB provided gifts to more than 1,300 kids in the Issaquah School District. In 2017, IFCB will once again host the Holiday Gift Barn, where adult family members can select the perfect gift for every child in the family. With the community’s support, the Holiday Gift Barn will be filled with new toys, games, clothing and stocking stuffers donated during the toy and gift drive.

Giving Tree Lighting: FREE event! Join the community at the lighting of the Giving Tree to benefitGrand Ridge Plaza Giving Tree Issaquah Highlands the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank at 4:30 pm on Friday, November 17. Enjoy performances by the choirs of Clark Elementary School and Liberty High School. Indulge in free treats and sweets from Grand Ridge Plaza restaurants and more at the plaza next to Regal Cinemas.

Choosing a gift to donate is easy: Choose a gift tag from the Giving Tree or select an item that you know kids love—something that’s a tried and true favorite in your home.

Donation guidelines: Toys must be new and unwrapped. Popular gifts include board games (Monopoly, Battleship, etc.), card games such as UNO, art supplies, puzzles, books, and scrapbooking supplies. For older children and teens, the most desired gifts including curling irons, hair straighteners, makeup and hair products. Warm jackets and hoodies are also popular. Gifts can vary in price and value; there’s no minimum value.

Grand Ridge Plaza Giving Tree Issaquah HighlandsDonation drop off: From November 17 to December 4, donations can be dropped off at Grand Ridge Plaza inside Regal Cinemas. After November 24, you can also drop off gifts inside Santa’s cabin. Santa’s elves will ensure that donations are safely delivered to IFCB.

Thank you for your generosity. Happy Holidays!

Photo credit: Shubha Tirumale Photography LLC


Neighbors Helping Neighbors: HomeStreet Bank Supports YWCA

HomeStreet Bank Family Village YWCA Issaquah Highlands
YWCA Family Village Issaquah

YWCA Family Village Issaquah

Known for being a good neighbor, HomeStreet Bank focuses its community efforts on meeting housing and shelter needs in the communities it serves. The bank supports a variety of charitable organizations that help individuals and families with emergency shelter and affordable housing—organizations such as the YWCA Family Village Issaquah (FVI), which is adjacent to Grand Ridge Plaza.

Today, many East King County residents face the possibility of homelessness due to factors including medical emergencies, layoffs and increasingly high rents. At FVI, working families, people with disabilities and seniors pay rents at a reduced-market rate, enabling them to live in a community they otherwise could not afford. Supportive services are also offered to everyone at the 146-unit apartment village.

For the past two years, HomeStreet Bank’s Grand Ridge Plaza branch has worked in partnershipHomeStreet Bank Family Village YWCA Issaquah Highlands with FVI to lend a helping hand to its neighbors. HomeStreet recently donated $5,000 to FVI’s child and youth services program; a donation that will make an impact in areas of education, youth development and programming.

HomeStreet Branch Manager Srini Anandakumar and Customer Service Supervisor Autum Paschich announced the donation at FVI’s Cultural Festival, a follow-up event to the national YWCA’s Stand Against Racism campaign. FVI shared that the grant will support summer camps, homework clubs and tutoring, and after-school programs. These programs are tailored to youth and offer opportunities to have fun and learn, while building self-esteem, confidence, and social-emotional skills.

YWCA Family Village Issaquah

YWCA Family Village Issaquah

This summer, HomeStreet is celebrating the second year of its Vote Your Heart giving campaign, an online contest where the public votes for competing local organizations to decide where HomeStreet should allocate charitable donations. In 2016, HomeStreet donated $159,000 to 26 charitable organizations that focus on shelter, housing and community building.

“Through the Vote Your Heart campaign, HomeStreet Bank has the opportunity to raise awareness of the work local non-profit organizations are doing in our communities,” said Mark Mason, HomeStreet’s president and CEO. “This campaign is great because it provides an opportunity for the public to have a direct impact on our community donations.”

For 2017, HomeStreet ran the campaign in Puget Sound, Eastern Washington, Portland, Hawaii and California. Three organizations competed in each region, and every organization received a donation. The prize amounts were $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second place, and $3,000 for third place. The three organizations chosen for the Puget Sound region included Food Lifeline, Vision House and Neighborhood House.


Issaquah Highlands Dental Group Donates Dentistry

Issaquah Highlands Dental Group We Serve

Issaquah Highlands Dental Group We ServeWhether it’s a beautiful sunset, reunion with friends or a family celebration, there are many reasons to smile. Making people smile is every dentist’s goal, and one that Dr. Eric Miller at Issaquah Highlands Dental Group takes to heart. Since opening at Grand Ridge Plaza in 2015, the practice has spread smiles by donating dental treatment to local residents on its annual We Serve Day.

During its upcoming We Serve Day on August 19, the practice will provide free dental services to people who have not been able to see a dentist regularly or who cannot afford treatment. After years of living in pain and discomfort, some patients may need advanced procedures such as root canals and crowns, while others will simply benefit from cleanings. The team will work with patients to alleviate dental fears and anxieties about the appearance of their teeth, helping to restore their oral health and overall well-being.

“My staff and I strive to provide an environment for patients from a range of backgrounds to have accessDentist Issaquah Highlands Serve Day to dental care,” said Dr. Miller. “The annual ‘We Serve Day’ allows us and other clinicians in the office to provide access to those existing patients who need a helping hand and smile again.”

We Serve Day is a nationwide initiative of more than 490 dental practices. Each year, dental care teams serve more than 2,200 patients, providing more than $4 million in donated dentistry. For its We Serve Day, Issaquah Highlands Dental Group has partnered with Issaquah-area organizations, such as youth centers, nonprofit organizations and churches, to identify individuals in need of basic dental care. Patients will receive pro bono services ranging from exams and digital x-rays to extractions and restorations. Now that’s something to make everyone smile!

We Serve Day Issaquah Highlands Dental SmileAbout Issaquah Highlands Dental Group
Issaquah Highlands Dental Group is home to two general dentists, as well as an oral surgeon, periodontist and endodontist. Open Monday through Friday, Issaquah Highlands Dental Group offers early morning and evening appointments, and provides a broad spectrum of general dentistry for patients ages three and up. To learn more, visit issaquahhighlandsdentalgroup.com.


Grand Ridge Plaza Gives Back


IssaquahGiving back is an essential aspect of strong communities, and something that’s reflected in the volunteerism of local businesses. Throughout the year, employees of Grand Ridge Plaza businesses donate goods and services, host fundraisers and collect donations to support more than 100 local, regional and national charities. One merchant is even the top fundraiser among their stores nationwide. This spirit of giving reflects the values of the businesses as much as it does the generosity of the community. Here are highlights of nonprofit organizations that benefited in 2016.

American Cancer Society: Each year, more than 4 million people in 20 countries take part in the American Cancer Association’s Relay For Life to raise funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. This year, Ben & Jerry’s designated Relay For Life as the beneficiary of its Free Cone Day event. The team scooped 4,165 cups/cones and raised $1,600 in donations for Relay for Life. Across the street at The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, the team raised funds during Breast Cancer Awareness month by featuring pink drink specials, with $1 from each purchase donated to the cause.

Big Fish Grill Issaquah Schools FoundationIssaquah Schools Foundation: Did you know that Optica Vision Care donates a portion of its annual proceeds to help local students? Dr. Sam Ahn makes a commitment to support the Foundation as part of his practice. Many Grand Ridge Plaza restaurants are also active fundraisers for the Foundation, regularly hosting Dine For Kids events. At Dine For Kids, each restaurant donates a portion of the day’s proceeds to the Foundation. This year’s donors include Agave Cocina & Tequilas, MOD Pizza, Bai Tong Thai, Big Fish Grill and Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill. In addition, PinkaBella Cupcakes sponsored the 2016 Issaquah Schools Foundation – Nourish Every Mind luncheon.

Olive Crest: Dedicated to preventing child abuse, treating and educating at-risk children, Olive Crest helps thousands of families in the Pacific Northwest each year. At their recent fundraising gala, PinkaBella Cupcakes Founder Margo Engberg donated 46 cakes to the Dessert Dash. The cakes generated an amazing $16,000 in donations.

Carters IssaquahEastside Baby Corner: Did you know that Eastside Baby Corner distributes thousands of diapers each week? Diapers are desperately needed by many families throughout the area. This year, both Carter’s and the Issaquah Highlands Community Association (IHCA) hosted diaper collection drive, while La Boutique Jolie hosted a Shop for the Cause event with a portion of proceeds donated to EBC.

Seattle Children’s Hospital: One of the world’s leading pediatric hospital centers, Children’s has more than 11,000 admissions each year. Many local businesses support Children’s, including Big Fish Grill, which hosts an annual Santa Brunch that raises funds for the hospital. PinkaBella Cupcakes also supports Children’s, sponsoring the American Girl Doll fashion Show with Star Guild to raise money for uncompensated care.

Dental Care for Neighbors In Need: Each year, Issaquah Highlands Dental Group helps localIssaquah Highlands Dentist residents in need at their Serve Day. The team, including four dentists, provides free dental care 20 community members. These patients, who would not otherwise have access to dental care, receive everything from cleanings, exams and digital X-rays to extractions, implants and restorations. The dental office teams up with local organizations and community partners, such as youth centers, nonprofit organizations and churches, to identify individuals that are in need of basic dental care.

ALS Therapy Development Institute: The world’s leading ALS research organization, the Institutethe-ram-ales4als aims to discover and develop effective treatments and a cure for ALS. This summer, The RAM Restaurant & Brewery raised more than $10,000 across all restaurants for ALS research. For each pint purchased of their IPA For ALS small-batch beer, they donated $1 to ALS research.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: Did you know that Marshalls raises more than $3 million each year for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation through their paper sneaker sale campaign? Donations received at stores help to fund life-changing treatments and research to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.

Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank: The Food Bank, which provides support to hundreds of families in-need, also offers case management, holiday gift programs, school supplies, and toiletries. This year, MOD Pizza continued its tradition of raising funds for the Food Bank by donating $1 from every pizza sold during a fundraising drive. Many other businesses also lent their support to the Food Bank this year, including HomeStreet Bank, which hosted and contributed to a food drive.

Ulta Beauty IssaquahBreast Cancer Research Foundation: Each year, Ulta Beauty supports the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and its mission to prevent and cure breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research. In October, Ulta hosted its annual Cut-for-a-Cause event offering $10 haircuts in the Ulta Salon – and donating 100 percent of funds raised to the Foundation.

Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank: In 2015, 1,044 different households relied on the assistance of the Food Bank, which distributed 669,849 pounds of food. They expect those numbers to increase significantly this year. One of its significant supporters is Issaquah Highlands Safeway, which donates thousands of pounds of food each year.

Art Institute of Seattle: The Institute, which offers programs in design, fashion, media arts, and culinary fields, presents an annual fashion show to showcase the work of its students and offer them real-life experience. Each year, Sorella Salon & Spa donates professional styling services to the show. Sorella stylists manage the models and help the students complete their final looks to put on an amazing show.