We are so excited for the upcoming FamilyWorks 2013 Dinner & Silent Auction on October 20th at Tom Douglas’ Palace Ballroom! The dinner will feature Representative Ruth Kagi as the Keynote Speaker, accompanied by delicious food, a wine grab and a balloon pop. There will be a diverse selection of auction items that would make great holiday gifts for loved ones. There is still time to purchase tickets for this exciting autumn event – hope to see you there!
FamilyWorks welcomed Representative Ruth Kagi on Friday, October 4, 2013 for a visit and tour. Kagi is the Keynote Speaker at the FamilyWorks 2013 Dinner & Silent Auction on Representing the 32nd district, Kagi is a longtime advocate for children and families. She currently serves as chair of the Early Learning and Children’s Services Committee and is pushing for quality child care funding for children ages 1 – 5. Early learning is essential for child development and kindergarten readiness and in the struggle to eliminate the achievement gap.
During Kagi’s visit, Director Jake Weber and other staff provided an informational tour of the resource center and food bank and discussed the important intersections between family support centers and early learning policies. Ruth told staff about the Seattle City Council’s recent decision to increase funding for the Nurse-Family Partnership initiative, which is a home visiting program to support child health and development in the first two years of life.
The FamilyWorks 2013 Dinner will focus on themes of resiliency and community, which Kagi will expand on. “This committee’s work is more important than ever, because of the toll the Great Recession has had on Washington’s children and families,” Kagi said. “Child poverty has increased, sadly, and there is greater strain on our safety net after several rounds of state budget cuts. It’s time to recognize the devastating effect the recession and budget cuts have had on our families, schools, and communities.” Kagi’s work is vital to rebuilding community support and empowering families.
Looking forward to sharing in dinner, fun and meaningful conversation with everyone this Sunday!
Written by Leah Knopf – FamilyWorks Intern