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 Over $180K Raised to Support Children and Adults with Disabilities

PROVAIL 2014 Golf Classic and Auction a success! 

SEATTLE, WA, May 15, 2014 – In one day PROVAIL broke their fundraising record and goal during the 2014 Golf Classic and Auction by raising over $180,000 to help support children and adults with disabilities. The PROVAIL Golf Classic and Auction is presented annually by the Pacific Northwest Insurance Council (PNWIC) held at Sahalee Country Club. Over the past 15 years, guests have raised over $1.8 million for PROVAIL programs to support people with disabilities to fulfill their life choices.

“We are deeply grateful for the support of the local insurance community, “said CEO Mike Hatzenbeler. “ And to the PROVAIL Family of donors, sponsors, and volunteers who helped make this event the most successful PROVAIL golf tournament ever.” 

Over 200 guests attended, including Seahawks Max Unger and Steven Hauschka who both showed their support by not only golfing, but contributing once in a lifetime live and silent auction items; including a Monday Night Football party with the players that is bound to be the experience that starts a bidding war for years to come. During the live auction PROVAIL held a Raise the Paddle event and asked guests to step up to the challenge of raising over $15,000 to allow a $20,000 matching pool to kick in. With the $20,000 match and generous giving, Raise the Paddle brought in just over $50,000! 

The funds raised support PROVAIL in providing specialized services and programs that support children and adults with disabilities. These services include mobility and communication needs, employment support, and access to community-based home and lifestyle options that allow children and adults to live full lives according to their own choices. To see photos of the event and learn more about the PROVAIL visit, 


PROVAIL believes every one of us has the right to pursue the life we choose to live. As a local nonprofit organization, PROVAIL supports children and adults with disabilities gain access to mobility and communication technology, obtain community-based employment, and access home and lifestyle opportunities to fulfill their life choices.

2014 Seattle BrainWorks Soiree Success

 On March 18th, Seattle BrainWorks held their annual soiree and auction which raised a total of $12,671 towards supporting survivors of traumatic brain injury. 

The event consisted of a unique blend of auction items such as wine tours, African jewelry, sports memorabilia, specialty wines and more. Guests had multiple ways they could donate besides auction items, Clubhouse members sold raffle tickets for a Seattle Sounders game and spirit scarf, a prize/wine grab, and wine toss. 

Closing the night, Clubhouse members shared their inspirational stories about how the Seattle BrainWorks Clubhouse has made an impact in their lives and why support from the community is so important to their continued success. 

Thank you to all that donated and helped make the evening successful!

PROVAIL Artist Gets a New Head Wand Thanks to The Bellows Fund

Larry Lubash is not your average artist. He uses a head piece with a paintbrush attached to create unique and colorful artwork. Larry's journey to the canvas started October 2012 when he and his family were introduced to the new Art is NOT an Option program at PROVAIL.

"They were concerned that Larry wouldn't be able to paint because they weren't sure how he could do it," said Kelly Rondou, Director of Executive Projects at PROVAIL. "[Larry and his family] came to the first class and we started with the head wand. It's been beautiful art work ever since." 

Two years later, Larry attends class regularly always bringing his positive attitude and contagious passion for art. Last year, he was the featured artist at the Art is NOT an Option annual art show as a demonstrator of how the head wand works. 

In late 2013 it became clear that Larry's skills were beyond the makeshift wand he had been using. His head wand was falling apart, uncomfortable, and becoming hard to paint with. Kelly and other staff at PROVAIL decided to submit an application to The Bellows Fund through UCP to get Larry his own head wand to use at home and for other outside projects. 

The push to get funding for Larry's new head wand was a success! And on March 6th, Larry came to art class with his new head wand, and appropriately written and taped on top of it was Larry 'Picasso' Lubash.

His paintings were just as creative, but with a new wand he was comfortable and able to have more control and apply more pressure than ever before. Above: Larry Lubash, with his father Frank, trys out his new head wand for the first time. 

Larry's artwork will be displayed at the upcoming Art is NOT an Option! Gallery Show on June 19th. Outreach Boot Camp Style, SBW Member Fundraises with Fitness

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