Northwest NEWS

September 18, 2000


United Way of King County's Day of Caring kicks off campaign

United Way of King County kicked off its 79th annual fund-raising campaign last Friday with the mobilization of more than 7,000 volunteers working throughout the community.
   The 9th annual Day of Caring on Friday, September 15 had volunteers working on community projects and was the largest single-day mobilization of volunteers throughout King County. The value of work performed on Friday was valued at $500,000.
   Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Woodinville had 15 volunteers from Frontier Bank and the King County Bar Association doing a variety of tasks getting the center ready for winter.
   Children's Country Home in Woodinville had 22 volunteers from Guidant Corporation and Met. Life Auto & Home doing yard work and painting. The goal for this year's fund-raising efforts is $100 million. Herb and Jon Bridge are co-chairs of this year's fundraising campaign. Herb is co-chair of Ben Bridge Jeweler, and his son, Jon, is co-chief executive officer and general counsel of the company. They are the first father-son team to chair a local United Way campaign. United Way of King County supports the activities of 165 agencies in King County which provide critical health and human services to hundreds of thousands of people each year.