14th Annual CIS Friendraiser Breakfast
Community supports Puyallup schools at Friendraiser breakfast
Posted on 03/25/2019
Community supports Puyallup schools at Friendraiser breakfast

The community was well-represented when they came together for the 14th annual Communities In Schools of Puyallup Friendraiser Breakfast and Auction on March 20.

There were more than 320 educators, community leaders, and business representatives in attendance. They raised more than $54,000, which is $6,000 more than last year.

The event, held at the Washington state fairgrounds in Puyallup, features guest speakers and recognizes a community partner, student volunteer, citizen volunteer, and educator citizen of the year. This year’s awards went to:

  ·         Community Partner of the Year: Puyallup School District, accepted by Superintendent Dr. Tim Yeomans
  ·         Volunteer Citizen of the Year: Tracy Eubanks, Woodland Elementary Volunteer
  ·         Educator Citizen of the Year: Billie Lane, Kalles Junior High teacher
  ·         Student of the Year: Sierra Weber, Emerald Ridge High School Senior

Sierra Weber has served more than 800 hours of community service in the past four years. At Emerald Ridge High School she became an officer with Key & Interact Club and is an integral part in serving with South Hill Rotary and CIS.

      ·   She helps provide meals and gifts to our homeless community; 
     ·  Provides backpacks to students in need; 
  ·  Adopts families through Helping Hand House;
·  Actively participates with Hounds on the Hill each summer; 
·  Manages boys water polo; 
     ·  Volunteers at her church;  and 
     ·  Is a March Gladness student with CIS.

“There is the saying ‘Be the Change You Want to See’ — this student has achieved this and so much more as she has changed lives and circumstances of others through her leadership and service to our community,” said Emerald Ridge Career Specialist Patti McMullan when she introduced Sierra.

Guests were welcomed with music by students with Puyallup School District Pans of Steel and the meeting began with the presentation of colors by Rogers JROTC.

Welcoming remarks were made by Washington State Fair CEO Kent Hojem; presenting sponsor remarks by Jerry Larson, Washington State Fair Foundation Chair; thank you from CIS Executive Director, Jan Mauk; award presentations by Holly Sanchez from South Hill Collision; Julie Marsh, Washington State Fair Foundation, and Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier, a longtime CIS volunteer, was the guest speaker.

Nancy French