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