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Celebrate Woodinville: City officials team with businesses to help charities

  • Written by Derek Johnson, Staff Writer

ChallengeDeputy Mayor Liz Aspen (left) and Parks and Recreation Commissioner Brad Walker (right) work out during the Celebrate Woodinville Summer Festival. The duo organized The Precor Challenge to help raise money for local charities. Photo by Derek JohnsonThe Celebrate Woodinville Summer Festival wasn’t just about good times, but also good causes.  Attendees enjoyed free music in the park, food trucks, arts and crafts and a wine and beer garden. 

But nestled beneath a shady booth at Wilmot Park were sponsored volunteers exercising on equipment provided by Precor, in order to raise money for the Woodinville Storehouse Food Bank and the Backpacks for Kids campaign.

Working out on the elliptical machine was Parks and Recreation Commissioner Brad Walker. 

"I had an idea to bring the leaders of the business community together with leaders from local government with a great sponsor like Precor," Walker said. "To come together and raise money for charities. And be part of this great celebration of Woodinville."

Also helping organize the event, called "The Precor Challenge," was Woodinville Deputy Mayor Liz Aspen.

"It’s really good timing," Aspen said. "I just found out from the Woodinville Storehouse Food Bank that they had to turn people away this week because they were out of food. (The proceeds) are going to be split between them and the Northshore School District Backpacks for Kids School Supply Drive. Everyone is very excited. I hope this becomes an annual event."

One local company providing a sponsored volunteer was The Collective On Tap.

"We’re supportive of everything of that goes on in Woodinville," Jan Newton said, as she worked out on the treadmill. "The Collective was contacted and asked to do this and we said ‘Absolutely yes!’ "We’re happy to be supporting the community," she said.

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For more information on these charities, please contact www.woodinvillestorehouse.org and nsd.org/backpacks.

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