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Obliteride is Aug 14


On behalf of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, I would like to inform you that participants in the 4th annual Obliteride will be riding through Madison Valley on Sunday, Aug. 14.

We invite you to join in our efforts to end cancer by riding, volunteering or cheering on the riders as they pass through your community. You can find more info at




All routes start at the Fred Hutch campus in South Lake Union and end at Gas Works Park.

All other pertinent details can be found at

Thank you in advance for welcoming Obliteride into your community. If you have questions or concerns, please let me know.

Amy Anderson
Public Relations
Obliteride/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


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Shambhala Garage Sale Saturday


Are you doing summer cleaning and removing clutter? Bring the things you no longer want to the Shambhala Center for the AUGUST 13th GARAGE SALE! Proceeds go to fund the Children's Program and the Shambhala General Fund.




Please donate items in good-to-fair and in working condition.

1. Drop off your garage sale items in the marked area at the Shambhala Center between Saturday, August 6 and the day of the sale, Saturday, August 13, by 10:00 AM. Items will be moved to a safe and dry storage place before the sale.

2. Please request special storage for items that are of high value or very large by emailing with a description of your donated item.

Donations could include: lawn mowers, cars, and bikes; books, artwork, cameras, musical instruments, LPs, and CDs; current computers, software and electrical devices; kitchen and garden items; tools and shop equipment; furniture, rugs, clocks and lamps; clean linens, towels, blankets and fabric; sewing machines; clothing and accessories; toys, games, sports and camping equipment; meditation supplies, and etc. Cash donations happily accepted.

For more details, visit




Questions? Please contact Robin at children@seattleshambhala.orgThank you for supporting the Seattle Shambhala Center! 

Saturday, Aug 13
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
3107 E Harrison St, Seattle WA


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AFH Charity Drive: Sweethearts wanted!



This Valentine’s Day, we want to share the love. And you’re invited!


Our goal is to take care of people everyday. While it’s usually for clients, we strive to give back to our community and provide care for people who do not walk into our salon. This has included participation in fundraising events, providing haircutting services at Mary’s Place emergency shelter and our ongoing toiletry drive; we collect travel and full size items to donate to Mary’s Place throughout the year. This being the season of hearts and valentines, we want to extend the invitation to everyone!


Annie works with another stylist to get this young girl ready for the big party at SoDo Park!

We invite you to participate in a special Valentine’s Day drop for Mary’s Place. Donate small items at AFH by February 12th. We want to make this a special day for as many families as possible! We encourage beauty and toiletry items - nail polish, toothbrushes, tampons, lip balm, shower products, deodorant. We will also accept new and in-original-packaging underwear (for men, women and children), socks, bras, snacks (granola bars, chocolate bars, microwave popcorn), and reusable grocery bags.

Due to space limitations, we cannot accept larger items. If you have bigger items to donate, we encourage you to check out the Mary’s Place website for a full list of accepted items and drop-off times.

Need a little motivation? Take it from Dana Olsen — the bride whose husband-to-be cancelled the wedding 3 weeks prior, and she donated the entire reception to the families of Mary’s Place. We had the privilege of joining other stylists and makeup artists in getting everyone glam for the big night. Grab your tissues and read the full story here.

Please join us! We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces spreading the love :)


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It's not just hair: AFH Salon participates in annual fundraiser for Mary’s Place


Every day, AFH stylists help people transform themselves through compassion, care and, of course, styling. The AFH team is excited and honored to contribute to Runway to Freedom 6 on November 19 - an event that will assist women, children and families in transforming their lives after escaping domestic violence.

Annie Fisher, AFH owner and stylist, will lead the hair team to insure another fabulously styled evening. The AFH Salon team will be there creating looks for the show as well. Roy Fisher, MA LMFT, AFH co-founder and visionary, will speak about his work in the domestic violence field.

“ ‘It’s not just hair’ is my mantra for styling. It’s not just vanity or style, but about providing an experience that will allow people to feel safe, cared for and help them through each season of their lives,” says Annie Fisher, “ We all have that power, and we’re excited to help Runway to Freedom do that in a big way by contributing our talent.”

Anyone can support this life-changing, life-saving mission. Runway to Freedom 6 is open to the public and takes place Thursday, November 19 at SoDo park featuring work by local designers - Zulily, Julie Danforth, House of Gina Marie, live music by Seattle rising stars - Kimberly Nichole, Jairemie Alexander and Draze - and a live auction. Tickets are still available, including VIP options that enter the buyer into a drawing for Macklemore concert tickets.


To purchase tickets:

Since 2010, Runway to Freedom has been raising awareness and funds for local domestic violence programs through social media and our annual fashion show, live auction, and raffle. This year’s event will benefit Mary’s Place, a local shelter that empowers homeless women and children to reclaim their lives by providing safe shelter, emotional support and services they need.

From left: Diana, Kelsey (stylist), Janelle, Annie Fisher (owner and stylist)


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Happy 2nd Birthday to Madison Valley’s AFH Salon!


AFH Salon is starting year three with two exciting events:

2015 Seattle Style Night

Annie Fisher and Jeremy Abraham of AFH Salon have been nominated for awards at the 2015 Seattle Style Night.


In 2014, DList Magazine and VannEdge Salon teamed up to deliver an annual celebration weekend, Seattle Style Weekend, honoring local artists in the fashion and beauty industry in the greater Seattle area.

This year, the event returns with a new program that combines Seattle Fashion Awards and Northwest Hairstyling Awards in one incredible night of fashion and beauty with the proceeds used to benefit a local non-profit. Finalists will be chosen from online submissions along with input from experts in the fashion and beauty industry. 

The finalists will be announced on Monday, August 24th online at

All finalists will participate in a photo shoot that will be featured in the 2015 Fall Fashion Issue.

The issue will be released on September 23rd at a preview event where finalists along with fashion, hair and beauty elites will gather to mix and mingle. The winners will be chosen by expert judges and announced at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, October 14th. The ceremony will feature a fashion showcase of each category and hair shows with contributions from salons from the greater Seattle area. The event will include a cocktail hour prior to the shows, entertainment, local celebrity presenters, swag bags for VIPS and more.


More info and tickets:

The night of the show we will also be presenting hair as a team. This event is open to the public and we invite you to come cheer us on. 

Annie Fisher: Nominated for Master Hair Stylist of the Year
Jeremy Abraham: Nominated for Hair Stylist of the Year

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Runway to Freedom 

Runway to Freedom (RTF) is an annual fashion and musical event dedicated to assisting victims of domestic violence by supporting Mary's Place. RTF strives to empower survivors of domestic violence to gain stability and to educate the general public about the effects of domestic violence. 

Runway to Freedom 6
November 19, 2015
Sodo Park 

Tickets available September 1st


Runway to Freedom was founded in 2010 by Lauren Grinnell. Runway to Freedom has produced five sold out events and raised over $100,000.00 for survivors of domestic violence. Annie Fisher will be leading the hair team this year to insure another fabulously styled evening. AFH Salon will be there creating looks for the show too. Roy Fisher, MA LMFT, will be speaking the night of the show, sharing his passion about working in the domestic violence field. 

More info and tickets


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An Evening of Elegance: Garden Party at the Japanese Garden


The Garden Party is the premier event of the season at the Seattle Japanese Garden, and tickets are on sale now. From 6–8:30 p.m. on Friday, July 24, the Japanese Garden will serve as a backdrop for an elegant Japanese dinner served with fine wine and sake. The event is one of the garden’s largest fundraisers. Proceeds support vital programs and community events at the garden.

Japanese Garden 2

Garden Party guests will have the opportunity to participate in a traditional Nodate outdoor tea ceremony and read artfully installed haiku as they stroll the garden. There will be a flute performance by White Swan label recording artist Gary Strousos, traditional koto music performed by pianist Chris Kenji Beer and a traditional Japanese dance by Fujima Fujimine Dance Ensemble.

Prentice Bloedel Japanese Garden Arboretum Unit 86 is the title sponsor of the event. Other sponsors include Japan Prestige Sake, Inc., Vinum Importing, JM Cellars, Tankokai, and Steve Alley & Jack Rafn.

Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased at


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Seattle Metropolitan Glee Club Annual Holiday Concert


This Tuesday, December 16th, The Seattle Metropolitan Glee Club performs its annual holiday concert, entitled “Journey into Winter”. The concert will be held at Epiphany Church, 1805 38th Avenue in Madrona, and begins at 7:00 p.m. The suggested donation for admission is $10.00.

A women’s choral group with members from Madison Valley and all over the greater Seattle area, the Seattle Metropolitan Glee Club is part of a non-profit organization based in West Seattle. The goal of the members is to have fun singing wonderful and diverse pieces of music while increasing their understanding of music and having fun at the same time. The Seattle Glee Clubs is a 501( c ) 3 non-profit and consists of two different singing groups - the all-women’s group (known as the Met) and the Offbeats, a vocal jazz group.


Every year, the Metropolitan Glee Club performs concerts in December and June, with additional performances at retirement homes around the city. This fall, the group sang at Aegis Living on Madison and Bridge Park in High Point. Consistent participants, the women also sang in the annual Figgy Pudding Caroling Contest downtown, to benefit the Pike Place Senior Center and Food Bank.

Giving back to the community which supports the organization is important. At the concert on December 16th, the Glee Club will be collecting donations of hats, scarves, socks and mittens for Mary’s Place, a charity which supports homeless women and children. 

After the first of the year, the Met will be holding auditions for those interested in singing with a wonderful group of women. For more information on the Seattle Glee Clubs and auditioning, please visit their website:


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Auction for McGilvra Elementary


McGilvra Elementary turns 100 years old in 2014 and will be holding its biennial auction on Saturday, March 22nd at Showbox SODO. This is the largest fundraising event of the year, and the school hopes to have many alumni attend the auction with their current families.

McGilvra Elementary School

The money raised from the auction pays for programs that are not funded by Seattle Public Schools. These include the art teacher and supplies, reading and math teachers as well as their curriculum, a school counselor, teacher and library grants, and classroom tutors. With many classes having a 29:1 student teacher ratio, these programs are more essential than ever for our children. McGilvra would love your help. If you have an item or service you would like to donate, please do. Another way you can support McGilvra is to place an ad for your business in the auction catalog — over 300 people will be seeing it. You can also be an auction sponsor. All information is available on the auction website at You can download procurement, ad, and sponsor forms from the website. If you have further questions, please email Thank you.


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3rd Annual Fall Wine Tasting Event

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