Champagne brunch fundraiser draws a crowd to The Kenney

(Photos by Ellen Cedergreen for WSB)
From the annual spring champagne brunch/auction fundraiser at The Kenney today: Former Mayor Greg Nickels keynoted, and posed with (from left) State Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, Kenney CEO Kevin McFeely, and City Councilmember Sally Clark. More after the jump:

WSB contributor Ellen Cedergreen reports that more than 160 people were on hand, 30 of them current Kenney residents. Brunch was served in the community rooms downstairs, with champagne and silent-auction browsing in the lobby. Powering the event, in addition to a long list of sponsors: Staff and volunteers – we got Kenney Foundation director Amy Lee Derenthal to pause a moment for a photo with volunteer Sam Zeinu:

Proceeds go to the Life Care Fund, which helps Kenney residents stay on at the retirement complex (which is just north of Lincoln Park) even if they outlive their financial resources. Helping fill the coffers today, a raffle, live auction, and silent auction, including wine baskets:

Today’s premier sponsor was Dignity Memorial/Forest Lawn (which is also a WSB sponsor), whose David Salove chairs the Kenney Foundation’s board.

6 Replies to "Champagne brunch fundraiser draws a crowd to The Kenney"

  • Jeff April 30, 2011 (10:19 pm)

    This article would make more sense if you explained somewhere what “The Kenny” is. ???

    • WSB April 30, 2011 (10:34 pm)

      Paragraph 3 explains it as the retirement center just north of Lincoln Park. However, I did fail to hotlink its name in the first line, which would have solved the problem in the usual way. Sorry about that; fixing.

  • I heart the kenney April 30, 2011 (11:54 pm)

    The Kenney is really a special place, as are all the people who pour their hearts and souls into, not only keeping it afloat, but making it thrive. Anyone associated with the Kenney should be very proud of themselves.

    Also, what a great fund!

  • chris May 1, 2011 (11:42 am)

    The wolfman jack beard is not working for Nickels

  • Dave Salove, Chair - The Kenney Foundation May 1, 2011 (11:58 am)

    Thank you to Gretchen Bell and David Adams who were committee chairs of this important annual event. Their tireless efforts made it spectacular and brought it to a new level. A big thank you to Greg Nickels for his terrific address and of course Amy Lee Derenthal, The Kenney staff and all the volunteers who worked so hard to bring it all together. I am truly proud to be associated with such a fine group of people! Finally, our donors – words cannot express how greatful we are to have your support – thank you!

  • Gretchen Bell May 1, 2011 (10:19 pm)

    Thank you Dave! It was great to see so many people there supporting the Kenney. It is so important to remember all the great things that happen in our community and the people that are there making a difference. I appreciate all of you! Thanks for making our event a success! And I ask everyone to remember to give back, not only financially, but with your time to organizations that are important to you in West Seattle!

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