Whet your appetite for delicious food and charity at “Chef Showcase!”

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EVENT: Chef Showcase

WHERE: 415 Westlake

WHEN: Sept. 19, 2013 from 6 – 8 p.m. (early entry at 5 p.m.)

WHERE: 415 Westlake (in South Lake Union)

Chef Showcase is an opportunity for four esteemed local chefs to prepare delicious dishes paired with fabulous Sozo wines all to help men and women in our community who are struggling with homelessness and unemployment.

Proceeds will go to support programs at the Belltown-based nonprofit Millionair Club Charity that helps unemployed men and women in the community secure gainful employment and permanent housing while providing support services such as meals, eye care and shower and laundry services. Sozo Friends, partnering with the Millionair Club Charity to put on this event, will also provide chocolates.

Participating chefs include Amy McCray at Eva Restaurant, John Schiffman at Fresh Bistro, Corino Bonjrada at Mondello Ristorante Italiano and Ann Thibert at Sullivan’s Steakhouse.

Those who are interested in attending can visit millionairclub.org/ChefShowcase and RSVP by Sept. 13, 2013. The event will be held at 415 Westlake in South Lake Union from 6 – 8 p.m. on Sept. 19, 2013.

Ticket information:

$50 individual, $90 per couple

$100 for VIP ticket (includes early entry at 5 p.m., exclusive reception with chefs and private wine tasting)

We hope to see you there. Tell your friends and family!

More than just jobs, meals and housing: A little help can go a long way

Key Bank employees volunteer at the Millionair Charity Club in Seattle

In addition to providing our workers with jobs, meals and housing assistance, the Millionair Club Charity also offers the men and women who come to us a variety of important support services you might not know about.

Our support services are tremendously important in helping remove obstacles for our participants that can get in the way of them finding stable employment and housing. Some of the services our staff provide include:

  • Finding school transcripts
  • Budgeting assistance when someone chooses to move back home
  • Helping set up an e-mail account
  • Helping secure work licenses, such as TWIC and CDL
  • Referrals to legal guidance
  • Vision care vouchers when our Eye Clinic is not open
  • Referrals to substance abuse counseling and domestic violence services
  • Assisting military veterans seeking benefits from the Veterans Administration
  • Nutrition and smoking cessation workshops
  • Diabetes, vision and dental screenings
  • Writing résumés
  • Teaching the basics of using a computer and creating a Word document
  • Instructing job seekers about how to search for work and succeed in interviews

Thank you to our staff, volunteers and community partners who provide our workers with these much-needed services.

Larry’s epic 30,000 foot H.A.L.O. jump is a soaring success!

Right before the big jump, Larry and his team make last minute preparations.

Right before the big jump, Larry and his team make last minute preparations.

He did it!

After weeks of excitement and anticipation, Larry Kaminer on Sunday successfully jumped 30,000 feet in the sky to help provide job opportunities, meals and housing assistance to men and women in our community.

Larry’s military-style tandem H.A.L.O. jump (high altitude, low opening) has raised more than $24,000 so far to support our organization’s efforts to rebuild lives in greater Seattle.

“The three seconds we were standing in the open door before we exited the plane were the most breath-taking of my life,” Larry recalls. “It was minus 39 degrees outside when we jumped but I was so pumped up I didn’t even notice the cold.”

After free falling for two minutes, Larry’s parachute deployed and he spent the rest of the fall floating back safely to Earth. Larry personally wants to thank Kevin Holbrook at Halojumper.com, his tandem instructor and jump partner Mark Gerlach and his videographer John Forstal for making this jump successful.

So what inspired Larry to make this daring feat on behalf of the Millionair Club Charity?

“I have had the pleasure of hiring people from your organization and was always impressed with their work ethic, reliability and gratitude,” Larry says.

Stay tuned for video of Larry’s jump. Also, it’s still not too late to make a contribution! You can visit jumpforjobs.kintera.org to continue the momentum and help us reach our final goal of raising $30,000.

Way to go Larry! Thank you for your courage, bravery and having a big heart to serve people.