Friday Apr 14, 2017

Steve and Kathy Dewalt

Co-Founders - Executive Producers Ten Grands Seattle

“Ten Grands – A Piano Music Bonanza”

Introduced by: Rourke O'Brien

Steve Dewalt (fellow Rotarian-Bellevue Club) and Kathy Fahlman-Dewalt, Co-Founders and Executive Producers of Ten Grands Seattle and its Executive Producers will give a program about the importance of music education for every child and what Ten Grands is doing to promote no child left behind in the music world. 

Ten Grands is an annual concert that features 10 grand pianos, 10 world class pianists, a dramatically lit stage, 1500 roses and a lot of goodwill at the Benaroya Hall on May 13th. Ten Grands partners with the Seattle Symphony and has raised over 1 million locally to support music education, 65 recipient groups and over 100,000 students a year.

In addition, one of the Ten Grands artists…Kelsey Keogh…will be performing for the Club at the meeting!

“Area Rotarians have joined together to support Ten Grands over the past 10 years! This year is our 10th Anniversary Celebration…bringing back ‘the best acts over the past 10 years!’ You are all welcome to join us with select seating and a complimentary pre-event party for Rotarians.”


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Fundraising: Bellevue 10K Run/Walk

All in for Autism preps race to help families dealing with autism

By Kaj Pedersen

Learn about Nicole and Jack Gooldy’s uplifting story in living with Autism and the support they gain from Kindering.  Then there is the life-changing experience that Kirby Winfield went through with his daughter Kate, who has down syndrome and autism.  The Bellevue Reporter article has delivered a wonderful story of the lives that we can impact through our work with the All in for Autism event (, which the BBRC organizes each year.


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:

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.