Friday Apr 7, 2017

John Stokes

Mayor City of Bellevue

“All in for Autism”

Introduced by: Kaj Pedersen

Today’s program will be discussing our main fund raiser, All in for Autism 2017, which consists of a 5K/10K RUN/WALK on Sunday, April 23, 2017 in Bellevue. Our speakers today include the Mayor of Bellevue John Stokes, Zach Scott (Mr. Sounder) and Dennis Bounds, long time anchor at KING TV who retired last April. In addition there will be presentations by: Special Olympics Washington: Kindering of Bellevue: and Bellevue Collection, a major sponsor of this event. Also BBRC will present their Inaugural “All in for Autism” Award – an annual reward given in recognition for thought leadership and support of Autism Causes in this area.

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Fundraising: Bellevue 10K Run/Walk

“Mr. Sounder” Zach Scott and Emmy-winner Dennis Bounds Lend Support to “All in for Autism” Benefit; Everyone, Including Kids and Dogs, is Invited to April 23rd 5K/10K/Run-Walk Event in Bellevue

By Kaj Pedersen

Bellevue, WA. – April 4th, 2017 – The Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club (BBRC, announced that its time for everyone to get information and register for the 11th annual 5K/10K/Run-Walk and Kids’ Dash, “All in for Autism,” which takes place on Sunday, April 23rd in downtown Bellevue.  Everyone, including families, kids and dogs, is encouraged to join the fun with “Mr. Sounder” Zach Scott, Dennis Bounds and friends at this Autism fundraiser which benefits Kindering, Special Olympics Washington and other local charities. Details and registration are available online now at


Zach Scott, who recently spoke on his experiences in Soccer and with the Seattle Sounders, the 2016 MLS Championship team, at a recent BBRC at the Glendale Club in Bellevue, has agreed to be the Race Starter for the event.  Scott said, “It’s exciting to be the Race Starter for the All in for Autism Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash on April 23rd. This annual community event which is locally organized by Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club helps anyone whose life has been touched by Autism to come together and join the fun while raising needed Autism awareness and resources.”


This April 23rd All in for Autism event  will be the second time that Dennis Bounds, the former Emmy-winning news anchor from KING5, has teamed with the BBRC and Kindering to serve as the Race’s master of ceremonies.  Bounds is lending his voice to highlight the many contributions from the runners, walkers, sponsors and Autism partners during the All in for Autism 5K/10K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash in downtown Bellevue.


We are pleased that many local companies have stepped in to support the All in for Autism family run/walk and these include: Bellevue Collections, Escape Outdoors, Starbucks, Amazon, Overlake Medical Center, OfferUp, the City of Bellevue, Advanced Renal Tech, GLY, Parallels and others.  Katherine DeStephano, of Escape Outdoors, said “we are very pleased to be supporting the All in for Autism5K/10K Run/Walk on its eleventh anniversary, particularly as it helps encourage a healthy lifestyle and supports the important work of Kindering, Special Olympics Washington, as well as other local charities.”


Kaj Pedersen, President-Elect of BBRC and All in for Autism Chairman said, “Our April 23rd All in for Autism event in Bellevue is prepared to welcome everyone to participate in this year’s festivities, which are expected to set record number of participants of all ages. We encourage everyone to join us for some healthy activity and to help raise awareness and resources for Autism. And everyone who is not able to attend, it’s easy to help by making a tax-deductible donation online at”


The BBRC membership is dedicated to “service above self” and we derive much toward this goal through the contributions of our dynamic membership and local businesses.  The club welcomes all interested parties who want to participate, volunteer or donate money to the event to contact us directly via our web:

PR: In-Club Brand Evangelist

BBRC 'Calling Card' Slogan Context

By Paul Osborn

We are creating new ‘calling cards’ for the BBRC (business-card sized invitations to the club).  The back of the cards will reflect the various projects that we are passionate about, drawing from the banners we’ve been creating this year.  The front of the cards will have the address, time, and an invitation/call to action to come join us.  I’m looking for suggestions for that invitation.  It needs to be fairly short, and encourage people to visit us.  For example….



I’m sure you can do better than that…suggestions?

All in for Autism 5K/10K Run/Walk – April 23rd, 2017

100% BBRC Participation !?

Fundraiser Event  •   Organized by Fundraising: Bellevue 10K Run/Walk

Have you decided what you want to volunteer for on April 23rd?  We’re hoping for 100% participation from BBRC members, so if you haven’t signed up for something yet, then hurry – the best spots are going quickly!  Sign up online or at the meeting by placing your magnet on an open slot at this week’s meeting.