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Kindering benefit luncheon attracts packed house

Kindering benefit luncheon attracts packed house
Guest speaker Michael Lee.

Alycia and Jackson Gerlach of Bellevue greeted guests at today's Kindering "Salute to Courage" 50th Anniversary Luncheon at the Bellevue Westin.

Born with amniotic band syndrome with a cleft lip, cleft palette, club feet and missing fingers and toes, three-year-old Jackson recently graduated from Kindering and is well on his way to attending regular preschool and kindergarten.

"Thanks to Kindering, Jackson has made amazing progress, learned how to everything from crawl to run and talk," said a tearful Gerlach, a Bellevue teacher on leave.

Such is the impact of Kindering on the lives of Eastside children, their families and our community.

Honoring four generations of patrons from the Alhadeff family, speakers and video presentations underscored the importance of caring and teaching children with special needs during those first crucial years when the brain is growing so fast.

As Executive Director Mimi Siegel observed, "Early intervention works! We are dedicated to not missing this monumental opportunity!"

For more information about Kindering and how to donate or volunteer, please contact Joe Cunningham at 425-653-4321.