Bellevue Business Journal Good Deeds

LUVO and Russell Wilson Team Up with Hopelink to Donate 900 Meals to Bellevue Food Bank

Luvo CEO Christine Day & Hopelink CEO Lauren Thomas

Luvo Inc., a forward-thinking frozen food company that offers chef-created, nutritionist-approved meals made from high quality ingredients, teamed up with Hopelink, a community action agency serves homeless and low-income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities in the greater-Seattle area, to donate 900 frozen meals to the local Bellevue Food Bank.

Luvo’s CEO Christine Day and several team members were on hand at the Bellevue Food Bank at 14812 Main Street on December 15, to pass out free meals and to provide nutrition education; further supporting the Company’s mission of making it easier for people to eat nutritious meals that taste great and are made from real ingredients like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats raised without antibiotics. The 900 meals were donated on behalf of Luvo and Brand Ambassador Russell Wilson,
quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, in efforts to positively impact food insecurity in the Seattle area with this nutritious donation for the greater good.
“Luvo is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Hopelink and to be able to give back to the Seattle community, which is a special place for Luvo and of course our brand ambassador, and Super Bowl Champion, Russell Wilson,” said Christine Day.  “Russell joined the Luvo team in the summer of 2015 and has helped us to spark a change in the way consumers eat and think about food, by bringing communities affordable frozen meals that offer full-servings of fruits and veggies, with nourishing whole grains and delicious flavors.  Our donations to the Bellevue Food Bank is a great example of these combined efforts.”
Known as a leader on and off the field, Wilson has become an advocate for raising awareness among younger generations about the importance of healthy eating and staying active. In working together, Luvo is dedicated to supporting Wilson’s various volunteer initiatives throughout the year, which includes giving back to the Seattle community in various ways.
“The support and encouragement I have received from the entire Seattle community since joining the Seahawks in 2012 is something I truly cherish and is just one of the reasons why I’m so passionate about giving back,” said Wilson. “With Luvo as a partner, we’re able to teach community members about the importance of nutrition and how eating healthy can positively impact their lives on and off the field,  while also making a difference for those who might not have access to healthy meals, through organizations like Hopelink.”
Hopelink was founded in 1971, and has since grown into one of the largest nonprofits in the area, serving about 65,000 low-income people every year. The organization has a number of different programs that work to serve as a network aimed at helping people get back on their feet. Some programs including emergency and transitional housing, food banks as well as energy assistance are geared towards those needing shorter term assistance in times of crisis, while other programs aim to help people exit poverty for good including adult education, help finding a job, family development programs, transportation services, help with budgeting and finances
“We were honored to have Christine Day and the rest of the Luvo team here at the Bellevue Food Bank to help personally deliver the meals they are donating to those in need in our community,” said Lauren Thomas, CEO of Hopelink. “Our mission at Hopelink is to promote self-sufficiency and to help people make a lasting change in their lives through education and opportunity. This wonderful donation of 900 meals will support these goals and the people we serve in our great community.”
About Luvo
Luvo ( is creating the next generation of frozen food, with a focus on great taste, convenience and nutrition. The company was founded on a simple idea: To love our food — how it tastes, what it does for our health and how it makes us feel nourished and happy. Luvo develops, manufactures, markets and sells healthy retail food products and frozen ready-made entrees. Luvo works with its suppliers to ensure the quality of its ingredients, giving top consideration to eco-friendly practices that promote sustainability and ethical sourcing and products that are environmentally sound and health sustaining.
Bellevue Business Journal Good Deeds

Alaska USA Foundation Members Making Change drive raises more than $36,000

Anchorage, Alaska – The Alaska USA Foundation launched the first annual Members Making Change donation drive, online and in Alaska USA Federal Credit Union branches, during the month of June. The drive raised over $36,000 in donations from Alaska USA’s generous members. The collected funds will be used to assist nonprofit organizations that provide programs for children, veterans, and active duty members of the military and their families.

“Alaska USA members have shown enthusiastic support for the Alaska USA Foundation with their generous contributions,” said Dan McCue, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union Senior Vice President, Corporate Administration.

About the Alaska USA Foundation

The Alaska USA Foundation was established in 2003 to support 501(c)(3) charitable organizations that provide needs-based services to children, veterans, and active duty members of the military and their families. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed over $1 million to these organizations and is honored to assist those that provide direct services in support of its mission. Learn more about the Alaska USA Foundation at

Bellevue Business Journal Good Deeds People Seattle Seahawks

Seahawk QB Russell Wilson is a Real Role Model – Not MIA But Supporting New Teammate Jimmy Graham in Miami

Jimmy Graham Doug Baldwin Russell Wilson
SEATTLE, WA – APRIL 23: (L-R) Seattle Seahwaks players Jimmy Graham, Doug Baldwin and Russell Wilson speak on stage during We Day at KeyArena on April 23, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)

Russell Wilson is a role model.  A GREAT role model.

Today the NFC Champion and America’s Favorite Team, Seattle Seahawks begin OTAs (organized team activities) and every day, every meeting, every chance to compete is ‘super’ important to Wilson and this team.  Despite this being an important start to an important run towards the 2015 NFL season, Russell Wilson chose to fly to Miami with new teammate (and future favorite target) Jimmy Graham to support him at services for Tamara Myerson who was Graham’s longtime mentor and manager, as well as an important mother figure in his life.

Condolences to Graham and the Myerson family.

Kudos to Russell Wilson for knowing what is most important in life – people.

Unfortunately, the kids at Children’s Hospital in Seattle may have to wait until next Tuesday for Wilson to return to his regular visitation schedule.

Bellevue Business Journal Family Good Deeds

Experts Encourage Families in East King County to Bring Back the SundayDinner

Bob Megargel from Bellevue is on a mission to see more families share sit-down Sunday dinners with their senior loved ones. The reason? New research shows that 50 percent of surveyed families living near senior relatives feel they do not share enough meals with older loved ones, losing an important family connection.*
“For seniors, it’s not what’s on their plate that matters most at mealtime – it’s who is at the table with them,” said Megargel, owner of the local Home Instead Senior Care office serving Bellevue and East King County. “When seniors share meals with a companion, they have a better mealtime experience – both nutritionally and emotionally.”
Almost 75 percent of the people surveyed said they only sit down for a family meal with senior loved ones for special occasions, events or holidays. They say a big part of the problem is time – both not having enough of it and conflicting schedules.
To encourage families to make time for these meals, the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation will donate $1 to Meals on Wheels America (up to $20,000 total through July 31, 2015) for each person that commits to regularly scheduling family dinners at Pledging to have a sit-down dinner with loved ones will help to ensure other seniors will have a quality meal, friendly visit and safety check delivered by Meals on Wheels programs across the country.
“We hope families will make the pledge to either revive or begin new mealtime traditions with their senior loved ones,” Megargel said. “This small commitment can have a big impact on a senior’s well-being.”
To help families across the country host their own Sunday dinner, Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with celebrity chef and mother of four Melissa d’Arabian to develop easy, nutritious recipes. Additional resources include tips for how to involve seniors in meal planning and preparation, pre- and post-dinner activities and meal plans for healthy, inexpensive meals that all generations can enjoy.
For these free resources and more information on how you can bring back the Sunday dinner and reconnect with your senior loved ones, visit, call Home Instead Senior Care at 425-454-9744, or visit

Bellevue Business Journal Business Good Deeds

Neighborhood Grill’s and Lunchbox Laboratory team up for a Cinco de Mayo, Margarita Marathon, with a goal to raise $10,000 for The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance!

Neighborhood Grills & Lunchbox Laboratory are teaming up for a Margarita Marathon to raise money for The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Cinco de Mayo Weekend, May 1-5, 2015.

$1 from each featured Margarita sold at all Lunchbox Laboratory and Neighborhood Grill locations during this time will be donated to The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

“Giving back to our community is extremely important to us. Cancer affects so many people these days and we are incredibly fortunate to have such an amazing facility right in our backyard that is focused on prevention and treatment.  Our goal is to raise money and awareness for this great cause,” said Director of Operations Joanne Poulias-Schmidt.

The margarita marathon is taking place at Lunchbox Laboratory in Bellevue, Seattle & Gig Harbor AND Eastlake Bar & Grill, Greenlake Bar & Grill, Lake Forest Bar & Grill, Bremerton Bar & Grill and Maple Valley Bar & Grill.

Neighborhood Grill’s and Lunchbox Laboratory are locally owned by John B. Schmidt and his partners.


Neighborhood Grill’s Current locations include:

Greenlake Bar & Grill: 7200 East Greenlake Drive North, Seattle, WA 98115 (206) 729-6179

Eastlake Bar & Grill:  2947 Eastlake Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98102  (206) 957-7777

Lake Forest Bar & Grill: 17535 Ballinger Way NE, Seattle, WA 98155 (206) 364-1261

Bremerton Bar & Grill: 190 Pacific Avenue Bremerton, WA 98337 (360) 627-8081

Maple Valley Bar & Grill: 23846 SE Kent Kangley Road, Maple Valley, WA 98038. 425. 358. 7210.


Lunchbox Laboratory locations include:

Bellevue: 989 112th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 505-2676

South Lake Union: 1253 Thomas Street, Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 621.1090

Gig Harbor: 4901 Point Fosdick Drive NW in Gig Harbor, WA (253) 432-4061

Bellevue Business Journal Good Deeds

Matthew LaTurner Honored by ATT for Community Service

Bellevue resident Matthew LaTurner is being honored for volunteering his time year-round to help build strong, connected and thriving communities.  As part of National Volunteerism Week, April 12-18, LaTurner received the prestigious President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA).

Matthew LaTurner, a Senior Principal Architect , is among 4,500 AT&T employees nationwide being named President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) winners.  The PVSA gives U.S. Presidential recognition to individuals who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service each year.

LaTurner, is a father of two boys and spends hundreds of hours each year volunteering for the Boy Scouts of America, the local Boys and Girls Club and the AT&T Aspire mentoring academy. A Scout Master , he organizes weekly activities for boys 14 to 16 years old.

Once a month his Boy Scout troop takes on challenges like hiking up 9,000 feet on Mt. Rainier and building snow caves. He mentors high school students and talks with them about careers in technology and AT&T. Finally, he is a dedicated basketball and soccer coach for his sons and their teammates.

“I volunteer because I want to be a positive role model for people,” said LaTurner. “I have been blessed all of my life with wonderful men who helped me become a good husband and father. I want to pass that along and make a difference in the lives of these young men.”

“We are proud to celebrate AT&T employees who volunteer their time, talents and passions to make a difference in their communities,” said Bob Bass, president, AT&T Washington. “I am inspired and encouraged by our President’s Volunteer Service Award winners for this year, and want to say thanks to Matthew Laturner for the service he provides to his community every day.”

More than 50,000 hours of personal time was given by AT&T employees and retirees in Washington to community outreach activities last year – worth more than $1.1 million based on a financial equivalent of annual industry standards from Independent Sector.

PVSA is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and is administered by Points of Light. With a shared mission of inspiring more to answer the call to service, PVSA celebrates the impact we can all make in bettering our communities and our world. The award is available on an annual basis and is an honor that every American – from youth to seniors – can participate in and be recognized by our nation’s president for their dedication to volunteerism.

To be eligible to receive the award, AT&T submits a record of employees’ annual volunteer service hours to be verified and considered eligible for the award.

Bellevue Business Journal Good Deeds Government

Seattle Native Jimmy Louangsyyotha Serves with Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-122

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jimmy LouangsyyothaA 2010 Renton High School graduate and Seattle native is currently serving with the U.S. Navy’s Strike Fighter Squadron 122, also known as the “Flying Eagles”, stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jimmy Louangsyyotha is an avionics technician with the squadron, which the Navy designates as VFA-122, and works with the Navy’s most lethal and versatile strike fighter aircraft, the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

“I work on communication, radar, and weapons systems on fighter jets,” said Louangsyyotha.

The Super Hornet takes off from and lands on Navy aircraft carriers and is capable of conducting air-to-air combat as well as air-to-surface combat. It is approximately 61 feet long, has a loaded weight of 51,000 lbs., and a max speed of 1,190 miles per hour.

Operating from the sea aboard aircraft carriers, the Super Hornet gives the Navy the power to protect America’s interests anywhere, at any time. The versatile jet has the ability to destroy targets located hundreds of miles inland, without the need to get another country’s permission to operate within its borders.

“I enjoy the camaraderie here at VFA-122,” said Louangsyyotha.

Louangsyyotha said he is proud of the work he is doing as part of the squadron’s 1140-member team, helping to protect America on the world’s oceans.

“My job is vital because we are the ‘eyes’, ‘ears’, and ‘fingers’ of the jets,” said Louangsyyotha.

Sailors’ jobs are highly varied in VFA-122. Approximately 220 officers, 660 enlisted and 260 civilian men and women make up and keep all parts of the squadron running smoothly — this includes everything from maintaining aircraft airframes and engines, to processing paperwork, handling weaponry, and flying the aircraft.

“The Sailors here are the epitome of a team,” said Cmdr. Ernie Spence, VFA-122’s commanding officer. “Everyone here is professional, skilled in their job, and they are great team players which enables us to accomplish our mission.”

The Flying Eagles are the Navy’s West Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. They train aircrew and maintainers to prepare them to go to the fleet and join the squadrons that fly the Super Hornet. VFA-122 trained aircrews have flown combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Inherent Resolve.

“The Navy gives me the opportunity to travel, work on jets, and build new friendships,” said Louangsyyotha.

Bellevue Business Journal Eastside Good Deeds Good News

Give Rides to Change Lives! Volunteers Needed!

Geraldine Mensink and Linda Bauer are all smiles as they head off for a ride on a sunny day.
Geraldine Mensink and Linda Bauer are all smiles as they head off for a ride on a sunny day.

87-year-old Geraldine Mensink does not know what she’d do without Volunteer Transportation.  When she decided it was time to give up her keys two years ago, the program saved her from feeling helpless and stuck.  She uses the service regularly to get to appointments and says, “I love all of the volunteer drivers!  They are wonderful.”

Since 1975, Senior Services’ Volunteer Transportation drivers have accumulated “miles and miles” of positive impact throughout King County.  Using their own vehicles, volunteers pick seniors up, take them to their doctors and drive them home again—offering valuable transportation with a personal touch.  Clients of the program often refer to them as their “heroes,” “guardian angels” or “life-savers.”  In a very tangible way, volunteer drivers make a difference in the lives of vulnerable members of our community.

Volunteer Transportation currently faces the grim reality that it cannot serve all seniors in need of rides to important medical care.  More volunteer drivers are needed!  If you have a reliable vehicle, a clean driving record and some weekday availability, this is the role for you.  Visit the program’s blog to read more of its stories; contact Hilary at (206) 748-7588 or to find out more; or fill out an online volunteer driver application to sign-up.  Help more seniors like Geraldine get “on the road” to improved health and peace of mind!

Bellevue Bellevue Business Journal Events Good Deeds Non-Profits

Attend Attain Housing’s FIGHTING HOMELESSNESS BENEFIT LUNCHEON at Westin Bellevue This Friday

Attain Housing Luncheon 2015Attend Attain Housing’s 6th Annual Fighting Homelessness Benefit Luncheon “Ignite Your Imagination”, with Guest Speaker Thach Nguyen, Author, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist.

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Summit at Snoqualmie Pass Sales to Benefit Northwest Harvest This Cyber Monday

What: Today, Cyber Monday The Summit at Snoqualmie, located at Snoqualmie Pass, WA., will be donating funds to help fight hunger from season pass sales. In the spirit of the holidays The Summit will be donating $10 to Northwest Harvest for every single Big S Season Pass sold on December 1st, 2014. The Summit is also encouraging people who’ve already purchased a pass prior to Cyber Monday to contribute as well.

Who: The Summit at Snoqualmie Ski Resort for Northwest Harvest.

Why: To raise awareness and funds with The Summit at Snoqualmie’s skiers and snowboarders for Northwest Harvest’s fight against hunger, particularly now that the winter weather is in full effect.

When: Contribution period starts at 12:01am Monday, December 1, 2014 and continues through 11:59pm Monday, December 1, 2014

. The Summit will contribute $10 from every single season pass sold in this time-frame.

Where: The Summit at Snoqualmie’s website: Season pass purchasers can also buy their pass in person at The Summit at Snoqualmie, Snoqualmie Pass at the Summit West Guest Services office from 9am to 5pm on Monday, December 1, 2014.

About Northwest Harvest: The mission of Northwest Harvest is to provide nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity, while fighting to eliminate hunger. Our vision is ample nutritious food is available to everyone in Washington State.