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Saturday, May 7, 2011

SFW to Benefit Seattle Childrens Home

Seattle Fashion Week Partners with Non Profit Beneficiary Seattle Childrens Home

Seattle Fashion Week (SFW) is excited to formally welcome Seattle Children's Home as the official SFW2011 Non Profit beneficiary.  Each year, the SFW team welcomes a Non Profit partner to the events. Heather Teegarden, Seattle Childrens Home Development & Marketing Coordinator says that their mission “ is to offer community based care in a collaborative environment that fosters resiliency so that children may grow up to live fully integrated and meaningful lives.”  The Seattle Fashion Week team is excited that their Non Profit beneficiary this year is so active in the local Seattle community.  SFW Executive Producer Gabriel Choy, says he “really believes in this new organization”. He continues that the partnership “is for a good cause and I really respect what they are doing in the community.” A portion of all NET Proceeds for 2011 will be donated to Seattle Children’s Home. 

ABOUT SEATTLE CHILDRENS HOME 

Our mission at Seattle Children's Home is to help children and their families by providing comprehensive mental health and developmental services.  Washington’s first children’s charity, Seattle Children's Home (SCH) was founded in 1884 by the “founding women” of Seattle including Sarah Yesler, Louisa Denny, and other members of the Ladies Releif Society. Seattle Children’s Home was established in response to the need to provide a safe home for orphaned children in the Seattle area.  Over the years, as the social service needs of the community grew more complex, SCH evolved, yet we have never wavered from our commitment to improving the lives of our most vulnerable citizens - children. 

At SCH we understand that mental health is indispensable to personal well-being, family and interpersonal relationships, and contribution to the community. It is easy to overlook the value of mental health until problems surface. Yet from early childhood until death, mental health is the springboard of thinking and communication skills, learning, emotional growth, resilience, and self-esteem. These are the ingredients of each individual’s successful contribution to community and society.  According to the National Center for Children in Poverty “One in five children has a diagnosable mental disorder.  One in 10 youth has serious mental health problems that are severe enough to impair how they function at home, school, or in the community.”  This means that in a typical classroom of 25, five children are in need of mental health services like the ones offered at SCH.  Sadly, of these children less than two-thirds are getting the help they need.  Our programs produce significant positive results for children with mental health issues.

Every year, hundreds of children come to us facing any number of mental health issues which may include depression, developmental challenges, post-traumatic stress disorder, drug abuse, physical or sexual abuse or more likely, a combination of these issues.  Children with mental health issues that don’t receive treatment are at a far greater risk of dropping out of school, using drugs and alcohol, and getting into legal trouble, all of which increases their likelihood of becoming homeless and living on the streets.  By providing counseling and treatment these children can learn to manage their own mental health, stay in school, live successfully at home, and find their path to recovery and a better future.  Seattle Children's Home provides an array of services and programs to meet the diverse needs of children and families with mental health issues.

Seattle Childrens Home Website

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Maile is a founding partner of Cabral Edwards Management, C.E.M.  She blogs for Girl Power Hour (http://www.girlpowerhour.com/) managing their Celeb Buzz Seattle blog. Her bi-monthly GPH blogs will not only focus on celebrities, but on their passions and the positive impact they have on the world. She will be covering female celebrities of all kinds that visit the Seattle and Pacific Northwest area.  Cabral Edwards Management is a Celebrity booking & event management company. Follow her on twitter at @mailehager, @CEMManagement and @SeattleCelebBuz.

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