All in for Autism Event Launch - Katherine De Stephano Recognized
by Kaj Pedersen
The Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club is pleased to announce Katherine De Stephano, owner of Escape Outdoors, as the recipient of the 2019 All in for Autism Leadership Award presented by Claudia Balducci, King County Council member. The All in for Autism Leadership Award is presented in recognition of Katherine De Stephano’s outstanding contribution to the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary club’s efforts to support Autism organizations and other programs that benefit the local Bellevue community.
The Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club (BBRC) organizes the All in for Autism 5K/10K Run/Walk in Bellevue in April each year. Now in its 13th year, this event has become Bellevue’s premier running event that caters to enthusiasts and families alike and has successfully attracted over 2,500 people. The event raises over $125,000 each year, thanks to the sponsorship and long term support from local organizations such as Escape Outdoors, The Bellevue Collection, Starbucks, Amazon and the City of Bellevue. Funds raised from this event supports Autism and other Rotary programs and organizations that benefit children and families in the Bellevue community and internationally. Kindering will continue to be the primary beneficiary of this year’s event.
Katherine De Stephano continues to be a long-term champion of the BBRC. She has been generous
both with her time and financial commitment to support the causes and programs of the BBRC. Katherine De Stephano and Escape Outdoors, a boutique with 4 stores in the Pacific Northwest and tenant of The Bellevue Collection, has sponsored over $35,000 for this event over the years. In the early years of the All in for Autism event, Katherine played a key role to grow the event with her leadership, and brought the community of businesses and residents together to make the event a premier running and family friendly event in Bellevue and raise awareness for Autism and other programs of the BBRC.
“We are grateful for Katherine De Stephano’s leadership, commitment and support of All in for Autism and BBRC over the years. On behalf of the BBRC and the beneficiaries of the All in for Autism event, we thank Katherine for her continued support, enabling BBRC with our mission to help disadvantaged children and their families lead happier, healthier and more productive lives” said Chris Boland, President of the BBRC. “We are proud of our association and long-term partnership with Katherine who shares the BBRC’s vision to serve our local and world communities, providing systemic and enduring change.”
“I am delighted to present the All in for Autism Leadership Award on behalf of the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club to Katherine. Katherine and Escape Outdoors personify our deeply rooted ties to the Bellevue community, particularly through her partnership with the BBRC to give back and enhance the vitality of our ties to the local community to prosper together,” said Claudia Balducci, King County Council member.