Woodinville banker, athletes kick off Special Olympics fundraiser

From left, Cheri Ball, Molly Borchers, Teresa Bruce and Melanie Patterson with the new computer game that will support Special Olympics.

special olympics The Seafirst Volunteers are offering a new idea for a holiday gift: a hand-held computer game benefiting the Washington Special Olympics.
   Special Olympics athletes Cheri Ball, Molly Borchers, and Melanie Patterson, all of Woodinville, joined Teresa Bruce, a personal banker in Seafirst's Woodinville Branch, in kicking off the statewide fundraiser, which is to support local Special Olympics programs.
   "Seafirst's hand-held game features 14 games in one, complete with sound effects," said Bruce. The game sells for $19.75.
   "Proceeds will help Special Olympics athletes hone their athletic skills, while having fun in the process," Bruce said.
   Ball and Patterson, both 17, most recently competed in track & field and bowling at the 1995 Special Olympics games. Borchers, 18, competed in track & field.
   To order Seafirst's limited-edition computer game, call 1-800-253-1466, or stop by the Seafirst Store in the Columbia Seafirst Center.
   More than 4,000 of the bank's employees are Seafirst Volunteers, a bank-wide effort supporting local agencies ranging in scope from early childhood education to community development.
   Last year, the group raised more than $10,000 to fight domestic violence by creating and selling "The Bite of Seafirst," a compilation cookbook of favorite employee recipes. They also completed 125 group projects in 1994 and responded to nearly 300 individual volunteer opportunities.
   Special Olympics provides year-round training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with developmental disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympians and the community.
   Supported entirely by private donations, Washington Special Olympics pays all competition-related expenses. There is no cost to athletes.