November 4, 2002
Michael Bender and Leila Clark were married Aug. 4 at Temple B'nai Torah in Bellevue with╩Rabbi Michael Latz officiating.
The couple's attendants were maids of honor Tanya Hicks and Alexis Motoshige, and best men were Dale Clark and Ohad Lowy. Thai food and Israeli dancing followed the╩ceremony.
Michael is the son of Allan and Yvonne Bender of Bellevue. He attended Mercer Island High╩and╩received a bachelor of science degree in economics from╩the University of Washington. He is currently╩an issue underwriter for╩MetLife Insurance in Seattle.
Leila is the daughter of Robert and Catherine Clark of Woodinville. She attended Lakeside School and╩received a bachelor of science degree╩in microbiology from the University of Washington. She is a second year medical student at UW.
Leila and Michael honeymooned in Aruba before returning to their home in Bellevue and╩their two cats, Mango and Pepper.