Fundraiser adds momentum for Waterfront Center

By Michelle Burke | Nov 02, 2018

It was a full house at the Edmonds Yacht Club by 7:15 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25.

Community and business leaders arrived to get a campaign update and show their support for the Edmonds Senior Center and its plans to construct the Edmonds Waterfront Center – a facility to serve people of all ages.

“We were delighted with the turnout and response to the program,” said Edmonds Senior Center Executive Director Farrell Fleming. “Our keynote speaker was spectacular and perfectly aligned with our work to help people live active and fulfilled lives.”

The high energy and entertaining keynote address was provided by Dr. John Medina, New York Times best-selling author of “Brain Rules” and “Brain Rules for Aging Well.” Medina is a developmental molecular biologist focused on the genes involved in human brain development and the genetics of psychiatric disorders.

He is an affiliate professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Another highlight of the morning was an interview with Edmonds-Woodway High School students Rosemary Chang and Stephany Janssen.

Chang spoke about her experience leading trivia nights as part of an intergenerational partnership between the Senior Center and the high school.

Janssen, founder of the Edmonds Youth Commission, shared her views on the importance of elevating the issues facing Edmond’s teens.

Their message was clear – a connected community is a stronger community.

“The funds raised at the event, along with other gifts received that week, total more than $60,000,” Capital Campaign Co-Chair Gary Haakenson said.

“This show of community generosity follows more than $2 million in gifts received in the last few months for the project. We have now met the $12 million milestone toward our $16 million campaign goal.”

Breakfast included CarePartners Senior Living, Cedar Creek Memory Care Community, Crista Senior Living, Environmental Works Community Design Center, RBC Wealth Management and Re-Juiced Studio.

The Edmonds Senior Center plans to build a new 26,000-square-foot state-of-the-art, sustainable building to offer a range of dynamic and engaging programs emphasizing health and wellness, recreation and education for people of all ages while still responding to the unique needs of an aging population living in south Snohomish and north King County.

The plan includes beach restoration in conjunction with the City and improved access to this rare waterfront site. Based on permitting and fundraising, the plan is to start construction in the spring.

To learn more about ways you can participate, contact Campaign Director Daniel Johnson at

Michelle Burke is program manager at the Edmonds Senior Center.


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