For fourteen years, the Puyallup community has gathered at the fairgrounds to support local students. Communities In Schools of Puyallup’s Friendraiser is beloved community event.

This year, we may not have been able to gather at the fairgrounds to eat scones, share successes, and celebrate award winners, we were able to gather online at Communities In Schools of Puyallup 15th Annual, and first ever virtual, Friendraiser.

The event started with an enticing virtual auction, containing items graciously donated by our community. Then on Tuesday, the 15th Annual Friendraiser was streamed on Facebook and our website. During this event, we shared stories of the work that has been done over the last year. We also honored our Volunteer Citizen of the year, Educator Citizen of the Year, Community Partner of the Year, and Student Citizen of the Year. We are always excited to celebrate and honor these individuals that go above and beyond in serving their community. Our winners this year were:

  • Volunteer Citizen of the Year: Lin Miller
  • Educator Citizen of the Year: Nancy Kreuger
  • Community Partner of the Year: All Saints Community Services
  • Student Citizen of the Year: Yahir Gonzalez

These four embody a commitment to their community and have continually served it well. We could not be more excited to celebrate them.

The theme of this year’s Friendraiser was The Story of Communities In Schools of Puyallup. This theme was fitting to highlight the story of how we have gotten here. It also highlights that our latest chapter, this last year, was one of the most challenging chapters we have faced. The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the need for services in Puyallup and necessitated that we adapt the way we provide services.

Over this past year, our Site Coordinators have shown resilience and adaptability to ensure that students have what they need. This is a key element in our latest chapter. Our community consistently joined us in ensuring students are successful.

This event presented the opportunity for our community to join this chapter of our story. We couldn’t be more grateful for our community saying “yes” to this opportunity. From watching the live stream, to raising their paddles, to bidding on items, this support ensures that we are able to continue to offer these services to students in Puyallup. In total, this event raised $39,290!

We are grateful for everyone who participated and want to express our deepest gratitude. We cannot wait to share this next chapter with our community.

If you would like to continue your support of Communities In Schools of Puyallup, you can sign up to be a monthly giver here.