In honor of our this week’s featured #RSIRinspire broker, Christine Kipp, we’re revisiting last spring, when parents and proud supporters of the Issaquah Schools Foundation gathered together to help secure and advance the future of the city’s children. The 19th annual Nourish Every Mind luncheon served three key purposes: to honor donors who have continued to back the organization over the years, to fund raise, and to showcase the endless opportunities these donations have and continue to create.
Molly Shen, KOMO 4 news anchor and a parent in the district, emceed the event. Students gave firsthand accounts of the success they’ve had through the foundation while Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty broker Christine Kipp, the foundation board emeritus, and Jody Turner, foundation board trustee, provided the keynote. Kipp, who became involved with the foundation two decades ago when her twin children entered the school system, discussed the impact the foundation has made in funding cutting-edge programs including innovative arts and STEM curriculum, financial literacy, and after-school initiatives.
“I am proud to continue to support the students within our community through the Issaquah Schools Foundation,” reflected Kipp. “Children are our future, and it’s wonderful to see the impact we can and do make to their future educational goals.”
Serving students in the Issaquah School District since 1987, the foundation also highlighted its past while sharing its vision for the future at the luncheon. From its small beginnings of receiving a $50,000 grant from Costco to having raised $2 million in 2017, the Issaquah Schools Foundation has evolved immeasurably over the years.
With major corporate sponsorship, including Microsoft, Boeing, and Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty, and with the help of individual donors, the luncheon raised a whopping $766,000, exceeding the foundation’s goal by $30,000.