Followup: Neighbors’ post-fire fundraiser brings $2,000

May 6, 2012 at 11:03 pm | In Highland Park, West Seattle fires, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

If you don’t know her already – that’s Martha Mallett. She’s the Highland Park resident who along with her son survived a fire at their home last Tuesday (WSB coverage here). On Saturday, she stopped by to see neighbors Lisa and Randy Leininger, who organized a benefit to sell hot dogs and lemonade:

Tonight Lisa shared these photos along with an update on the community’s outpouring:

We had an amazing turnout for our fundraiser on Saturday. It was great to see so many of you come out to show your support for Martha and Brian. Even some of the guys from Fire Station 11 showed up! Because of all your generosity, we were able to raise $1,452 the day of and have received two more donations since then bringing the total to $2000! I know the family is overwhelmed and so grateful, as are we. I feel so fortunate to live in a community that really supports one another. Thank you and big hugs to everyone who donated.

Here’s some of Martha’s family and friends:

We had mentioned on Saturday night that Highland Park Improvement Club‘s annual “Wine for Our Times” fundraiser was planning to donate raffle proceeds to Martha and Brian, since she has been their longtime “raffle queen.” One other donation – look again at the top photo – Lisa says Nicole from HPIC gave Martha the corsage to let them know they were thinking of her though she couldn’t make it to this year’s event!


  1. Way to go Lisa and Randy! There are truly angels among us.

    Comment by LStephens — 7:01 am May 7, 2012 #

  2. Lisa and Randy are great people,Im not surprised by their generosity.

    Comment by Alki Resident — 7:43 am May 7, 2012 #

  3. I concur, Lisa and Randy this was a very good deed you did for one of our neighbors!

    Comment by Tony L — 10:57 am May 7, 2012 #

  4. Martha was definitely missed at our wine event, however she was on everyone’s minds and of course in all our hearts. It’s so nice to see a smile on her face! I’ve never met anyone so gracious, spirited, sincere and strong. Martha, you are such an inspiration!

    Comment by Nicole — 11:02 am May 7, 2012 #

  5. What a great community we live in! Way to go Lisa and Randy!

    Comment by Stephanie — 11:51 am May 7, 2012 #

  6. Lisa and Randy are great neighbors and we’re grateful for everything they’ve done for our community.

    Comment by RTA — 12:20 pm May 7, 2012 #

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