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January: Redd Walitzki
Spotted at The Better Bombshell's
Nonprofit: The Better Bombshell
Redd Walitzki is an internationally exhibiting emerging artist focused on figurative-surrealism. Originally from Germany, she graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with her BFA in 2007 with a concentration in Painting. Redd spent several years running a studio-gallery in Seattle's 619 Western renegade arts building, helping keep Seattle's underground art scene alive. These days, she can usually be found in her studio painting to BBC Documentaries, playing with her pet opossum, or chasing down the next strange adventure.
February: Kitten LaRue and
Spotted at First Look
Nonprofit: Camp Ten Trees
This married-in-real-life couple performs together extensively both with The Atomic Bombshells and as a duet. Kitten N' Lou combine their unique and extensive burlesque, theater, and dance performance backgrounds to create a showbiz tour-de-force that celebrates and subverts everything from classic burlesque to glossy MGM-era musicals, and the many faces in between. As a duo, Kitten and Lou have performed in historic theaters and festivals in Seattle, New Orleans, Provincetown, and New York, been featured on the cover of Seattle's The Stranger, and called an “outrageously camp…showstopping couple!” by the UK Daily Mail. More at www.kittenandlou.com.
March: Julie Brand
Spotted at the King County Library System Foundation Literary Lions Gala
Nonprofit: KCLS Foundation
Julie Brand is the Community Relations and Marketing Director at the King County Library System, a network of 46 libraries surrounding Seattle, Washington. With more than 20 years of experience in communications, including branding, marketing, PR, media relations and advertising, Julie oversees the organization's strategic communication and marketing efforts. Under her leadership, KCLS communications focuses on demonstrating the value of libraries, resulting in a remarkable track record of community engagement and support through challenging financial times.
April: The Daher family (Majdi,
Spotted at the EvergreenHealth
Nonprofit: EvergreenHealth Foundation
A Seattle native and UW grad, Dana Daher spent 10 years building her radio career (hosting shows on KISS 106.1, KUBE 93, and 92.5 FM) before choosing to be a stay at home mom. Majdi Daher is the founder and CEO of Denali Advanced Integration in Redmond, Washington. The Dahers are huge contributors to local charities, especially healthcare, and they both love attending all of the various galas in the Puget Sound area. Their 9 year old daughter, Serena, has attended the Evergreen Health gala for the past 5 years. She has a special tie to the hospital as she spent the first 9 days of her life at Evergreen.
May: Fred Northup, Jr.
Spotted at the Women's Funding Alliance
Fred Northup, Jr. is one of the Pacific Northwest's busiest entertainers as a charity auctioneer, actor and comedy improviser, video producer, and musician. For 10 years, Fred was a company member of Seattle's famed “TheatreSports” comedy improv group, and he travels the country emceeing and designing entertainment for major corporate events. In addition to his work on stage, Northup runs a video and event production company, Southdown Creative. He's also the co-founder and co-inventor of RainGlobes, the globe that rains! When not entertaining the masses, Fred can be found in Seattle entertaining his wife, Ashley, and their two young children.
June: Mark Sexauer
Spotted at the Aphrodisiacs with a
Nonprofit: Capitol Hill Housing
As a native Seattleite, Mark's passion for craft cocktails has grown with the city's interest in discovering creative libations. His panache for working a bar and pleasing guests with his cocktails and charm came naturally. His book, Aphrodisiacs with a Twist, was released this last summer.
July: Adriane and Darryl Brown
Spotted at the Pacific Science Center's Festival of the Fountains
Nonprofit: Pacific Science Center
New to the Seattle-area, Adriane and Darryl Brown have quickly put their passion for science and education to work for the Pacific Science Center. They feel the US economy is at its best when we're innovative, and the world benefits from our ability to invent. This notion is at the core of Adriane and Darryl's call to prioritize STEM education in schools, universities, and our communities. The Pacific Science Center has numerous programs to keep people of all ages engaged in science by asking the question, “What if...?”
August: Adèle Garrett
Spotted at Vibeheavy's Launch Party
Nonprofit: Technology Access Foundation (TAF)
Arriving in Seattle one year ago, Adèle grew up between Paris and the French West Indies, graduating with a master's degree in communication at Sup de Pub, Paris. Her rich education in great environments has inspired her to help the next generation by giving them access to technology and providing an environment to dream big. Her passion for traveling and getting to know her American family brought her to Seattle after graduation, where she's decided to chase her dream miles away from home, and start her professional career. She's now working for a digital communication agency, Vibe Heavy, as a brand strategist.
September: Julia Dudko
Spotted at the Bellevue Collection's Independent Designer Runway Show
Nonprofit: National Eating Disorders Association
Julia Dudko is a young UW student who started to follow her dreams in 2013 by opening her fashion blog, SocietyGrlsblog.com. In the first year, her love for fashion has gained her a loyal following, taking her to Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week and Bellevue Fashion Week. Julia has also been featured as a guest blogger on Seahawks.com. She wishes to influence with her passion and hard working ethics.
October: Abby and Doug Rosenberg
Spotted at Group Health Foundation's
Nonprofit: Seattle Children's Hospital Foundation
Abby and Doug (and their two kids) love dressing for the occasion. Recent costume choices have included the Wonder-Twins (super heroes), Star Wars characters, “Saturday Night Fever,” “Harry Potter,” and the “Great Gatsby” costumes they wore for this event. They have lived in Seattle for eight years, each working for local and iconic companies: Abby is a pediatric oncologist at Seattle Children's Hospital and the University of Washington, and Doug is a director of footwear business at Brooks Running. They appreciate the recognition and opportunity to raise money for Seattle Children's Hospital Foundation.
November: Michael Tetteh
Spotted at Party for the Health of It
Nonprofit: One Kingdom Foundation
After a successful collegiate soccer career at the University of California Santa Barbara, Tetteh signed a professional contract to play soccer for Major League Soccer team, Seattle Sounders. Less than a year after being drafted, Tetteh took the field against European powerhouse Manchester United and competed against the world class players he once idolized as a child back in Ghana. Despite achieving his dream of playing professional soccer, he stepped away from the game after two seasons to pursue his vision to build a leadership school for the youth in the village he grew up in. In 2011, he founded One Kingdom Foundation, a nonprofit organization that empowers youth to maximize their full potential. When he's not working with his nonprofit, he spends his time speaking to various youth organizations, colleges, and businesses on Character and Leadership Development.
December: Jennifer and Jesse Ottele
Spotted at the Hutch Holiday Gala
Nonprofit: Hutch School
Jennifer and Jesse are both Seattle natives and have one child, a two–and–a–half year old daughter. Jennifer works in the skin care industry and Jesse in commercial real estate. The couple has a passion for attending local charity events, specifically those directly related to helping children and cancer research (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). They are also big supporters of our local sports teams (Seahawks, Mariners, and Sounders) and often attend them live and in person. Go Hawks!