Senior Center fundraiser sets a record

John Osterhaug is honored
Jun 20, 2018

The Edmonds Senior Center’s fourth annual Gala & Auction, May 5 at the Historic Flight Foundation, raised a record $87,000. The sold-out event featured more than 200 people.

Cheryl Reagan, Vivian Egashira and Candy Gaul co-chaired the event.

“We are delighted the event was so successful and will help support the new Edmonds Waterfront Center,” Reagan said.

“The generosity of all the attendees was very evident and wonderful to see,” Egashira added.

Gaul remarked that “the funding will allow for the majority of the programs to continue while the new building is under construction.”

As is tradition each year at the event, the “E” Award is presented at the annual gala dinner and auction. The “E” Award stands for the energy, enthusiasm and effort and the jheart an individual contributes to the Edmonds Senior Center.

The 2018 “E” Award was presented to John Osterhaug. Along with this “E” Award, internationally acclaimed portrait artist Michael Reagan of Edmonds donated his time by creating a custom portrait that captures the heart of John Osterhaug.

“John is an extraordinary leader,” Senior Center Executive Director Farrell Fleming said. “He is a person of few words, but when he speaks, everyone listens.Here at the Senior Center, he is held in high regard and with great respect. He has an instinctive sense of what is needed to make projects work.

John came along at just the right time for the new Waterfront Center. It has been one of the great pleasures of my professional career to work closely with such a mature, balanced, committed and positive person as John.”

Osterhaug has been a volunteer at the Edmonds Senior Center for over six years, beginning as preasurer in 2014 and serving as President from 2015 to 2017. As president, he became renowned for attending all committee meetings, not something required or usual for a board president.

He was the first board member to make a significant leadership donation to the Capital Campaign, which he recently has doubled.

A retired electrical engineer, Osterhaug, was responsible for leading major projects at Honeywell. As Edmonds Center board President, he chaired the executive committee and presently serves on the executive, building, finance, capital campaign, program, and health and wellness committees.


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