January 31, 2000
A recent article about Woodinville resident Dr. Alan Kelley and his non-profit medical relief organization, Compassion Worldwide, initiated an overwhelming response of public support and donations.
Lisa Matthews, Compassion Worldwide volunteer, estimates the amount of money raised in the past month to be about $15,000. She says, "Dr. Kelley and his staff can't believe how incredible the response has been. They are so delighted and gratified by the amount of people who have come forward to contribute to the organization. One of the doctor's patients made a $10,000 donation after reading the article and learning more about the need for medical supplies in undeveloped countries. It was amazing!"
Matthews is planning a spaghetti dinner and auction to benefit Compassion Worldwide on March 11th. The event will be held at the Kirkland Congregational Church and the public is invited to attend.
Many area businesses have donated items for the auction, including gift baskets, restaurant gift certificates, salon treatments, a cruise for two, hand-carved bookshelves, unique candlesticks, and flowers and assorted plants.
All proceeds will go to Compassion Worldwide to purchase medical supplies for the organization's spring assignment in Central America. Dr. Kelley will be taking a group to Nicaragua to set up clinics in the barrios, where medical care is scarce to nonexistent.
Matthews does not know how many people to expect at the dinner/auction, but hopes for a crowd. She says, "I want people to come and have fun, eat some good food, bid on some great auction items, and help out a worthy cause."
For further information about the event or to contribute auction items, call Lisa Matthews at 425-486-1353, or Lois Fulsang at 425-868-7892.