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Seafair Foundation Year End Letter from Beth Knox, President & CEO
12/26/2012

In 2012, the Seafair Foundation continued to grow and increase its visibility in the Greater Seattle Area. Through generous contributions, Seafair has been able to provide valuable support to maintain our area's cultural heritage, develop community leaders and further the Foundation's commitment to education through creative events and performances. 

Thanks to the incredible support Seafair and the Seafair Foundation received during this time of expansion, we have been able to grow our programs and increase the opportunities provided to the Greater Seattle Area. 

. More than $30,000 in college scholarships were provided to area youth
. 34 neighborhood and cultural festival were featured as part of the summer celebration showcase of our region's diversity
. More than 20 students became part of the Seafair Family as part of the Miss Seafair Scholarship Program for Women and High School Ambassador Programs; students were matched with business mentors and provided unique volunteer and leadership development opportunities
. 300 area fifth graders explored the math and science behind hydroplane racing and performance aviation through the Youth Education Program
. 2,000 developmentally disabled residents participated in a lighted boat cruise on Lakes Union and Washington by volunteer boaters, a tradition that is a highlight of the holiday season for this community

The Seafair Foundation held its third annual Breakfast & the Blues fundraising event at the Museum of Flight, which raised funds that directly benefitted the Foundation's scholarship, education and community outreach programs. The Scholarship Program for Women was able to give the largest disbursement of scholarship funds in the program's history thanks to additional support from program sponsors AT&T and Samsung. In July, the High School Ambassador Program's eight Ambassadors were able to share the Seafair Festival with their Japanese counterparts in conjunction with the 55th Anniversary of the Seattle-Kobe Sister City Partnership. Seafair Sanctioned Community Events grew to 34 events and now spans Snohomish, King, Mason and Kitsap counties. The Youth Education Program kicked off in 2012 by visiting five local grade schools and Boys & Girls Clubs to learn about and appreciate the history of Seafair and share the role of hydroplane racing and aviation in our community.

We are thankful for the hard work of our Board Members, the generosity of our donors and ongoing support from the Greater Seattle Community. With your helping hands, Seafair looks forward to strengthening its community outreach and commitment to youth education in 2013.

Sincerely,

Beth Knox
President & CEO
Seafair

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