May 1, 2016
In early April, Amazon announced that it would donate an empty building, rent free, on its South Lake Union campus, an old Travelodge hotel, to Mary’s Place to use as a temporary emergency night shelter for homeless families until the building is scheduled for demolition in spring 2017. A VERY generous offer that included interior renovations and all utilities. The new Mary’s Place Guest Room shelter opened on April 18th and houses approximately 60 families, some with pets.
And the good news just keeps on coming! On Saturday morning Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, reached out to us with a One Day Match Challenge for donations received on May 3rd, the date of our Annual Spring Benefit Luncheon. Whether you are planning to attend the luncheon, or simply want to make a donation, Mr. Bezos will personally match any donation made to Mary’s Place on May 3rd up to a total of $1 million. So, with your generous donations and Mr. Bezos’ incredible match, Mary’s Place could raise up to $2 million in a single day!
Imagine how many more families we will be able to bring inside with two million dollars! Or how many more meals, showers, doctor’s visits – and housing and employment assistance we will be able provide, and how many more dreams of safety, stability and hope will come true!
Please help us reach this $2 million total by making a donation of any size on TUESDAY and sharing this email with your friends!
If you donate through the May 3rd GiveBIG event, the Seattle Foundation will stretch your gift AND it will count toward the million dollar match. You can make that pledge TODAY!
Please help us make BIG dreams come true on Tuesday!!