West Seattle 8-year-old celebrates birthday by giving instead of receiving: You’re invited to the party

May 28, 2014 at 6:44 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 9 Comments

For the sixth year in a row, Lucas Engles-Klann of West Seattle is celebrating his birthday by raising money for animals … and he’s all of 8 years old. You’re invited to the party, this Sunday at Woodland Park Zoo – his mom Jen Engles-Klann shared the announcement:

The 6th annual Auction for Animals will be taking place on Sunday, June 1st at Woodland Park Zoo from 1 pm to 3 pm.

Auction for Animals was started by Lucas Engles-Klann in 2008 amidst plans for his 3rd birthday party. When asked how he wanted to celebrate, his reply was “I want to save all the animals,” and his annual fundraiser was born. The event has taken many different forms over the years, including benefit dinners, raffles, and auctions, and has raised over $15,000 to support the Woodland Park Zoo, the National Audubon Society, and Point Defiance Zoo. Money raised this year will go toward preservation of Woodland Park Zoo’s gorillas, snow leopards, and jaguars.

Special features at this year’s event will include a bake sale, games, a live auction (hosted by Lucas) for kids, and a silent auction for the grown-ups. Items up for grabs this year include unique pieces from local artists and amazing wines.

Now eight years old, Lucas’ passion for animal preservation has grown with him, and he now assumes much of the responsibility for planning and overseeing every aspect of the event. His excitement has not gone unnoticed – more than 150 people attended last year’s event and raised more than $3,200.

This years’ Auction for Animals event is free and open to the public (zoo admission is not required, but may be purchased separately) and will be held in the Education Center at the South (Hippo) Gate, 750 N 50th Street.

(In the photo, that’s Lucas presenting a check for last year’s proceeds to WPZ’s Sarah Valentine.)


  1. You are awesome Lucas! From Amie in the building at the school house

    Comment by Amie — 6:54 pm May 28, 2014 #

  2. “The wolf will live with the lamb; the leopard will lie down with the young goat. The calf and the lion will graze together, and a little child will lead them.”
    Isaiah 11:6

    Comment by sc — 8:32 pm May 28, 2014 #

  3. Great work! We can’t make the event, but if we can contribute outside the event, please leave directions. Thanks!

    Comment by Irukandji — 8:56 pm May 28, 2014 #

  4. What a great kid! Thank you, Lucas, for caring about the animals. And happy birthday!

    Comment by Jeannie — 3:07 am May 29, 2014 #

  5. Good on you, Lucas!



    Comment by miws — 7:35 am May 29, 2014 #

  6. Lucas, you are a great kid! Good luck with this year’s auction.

    Comment by vmd — 8:17 am May 29, 2014 #

  7. Bravo to you (and your awesome parents) Lucas!

    Comment by Enviromaven — 9:12 am May 29, 2014 #

  8. Thank you to everyone who supports Lucas. He is so committed to the conservation of animals. If you would like to make a donation and cannot attend, please email me: jchilson2000@yahoo.com
    thank you so much for publishing this, West Seattle Blog!!!

    Comment by jennifer — 10:50 am May 29, 2014 #

  9. Lucas, such a cool kid with great ideas and a wonderful family! Here’s to another year of your dedication. Enjoy the event. Chase and Audrey will be thinking of you.

    Comment by Amy — 1:39 pm May 29, 2014 #

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