Be The Bridge Spring Benefit

Photos from our Donor Appreciation Happy Hour

LWSF was honored to host a Donor Appreciation Happy Hour at the Marriott Hotel Redmond on June 2, 2022. We’d like to express our gratitude to everyone for attending and for their generous donations at our Be The Bridge Spring Benefit.

You can now watch Be the Bridge on demand.

It’s not too late to make your donation. Donations $200 and up will be matched by our generous matching pool donors! AND, when you give $350 or more this school year, you will be invited to our Donor Appreciation Happy Hour on June 2.

Featured Clips

Inclusive Libraries

Representation matters. Cathy Webb, Mark Twain Elementary Library, explains the importance of students being able to see themselves and their peers reflected in school library collections, and the Foundation’s work in increasing the diversity of collections through the Lake Washington School District.

Japanese Incarceration Literature for Libraries

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. – Martin Luther King Jr.

To teach American history, build empathy, and encourage children to speak out against intolerance, Tesla STEM High School student Kai Vanderlip used LWSF’s grant to purchase a collection of children’s literature about the Japanese American incarceration, for over 14,000 students in 33 elementary schools in the Lake Washington School District.

Battle of the Books

Amber Peterson, Teacher-Librarian at International Community School, and Liz Haggerty, Library Media Specialist at Kirkland Middle School, talks about the impact of the Foundation’s grant on a district wide reading competition that promotes reading comprehension, academic excellence, and teamwork for 7,000 middle school students.


Watch our high-impact, year-round programs at work to feed hungry children, reduce youth depression and anxiety, mentor young students, help kids build meaningful friendships, build future leaders, and prepare students for college.

Noticias de BSD y LWSD

Discover how our investment in a weekly Spanish video newsletter is supporting our community of Spanish-speaking and Latinx families through thoughtful and culturally-relevant communications.

About Be the Bridge

Be the Bridge is Lake Washington Schools Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

This event gathers sponsorships and donations that support an array of impactful programming for students and families in the Lake Washington School District. Our Spring Benefit video premiered on April 28 and is now available to watch on demand. Go behind the scenes to see our programs at work, hear stories of resilience and kindness, and witness how your contributions make a difference to the students in our community. Our short program features interviews with librarians, kids, and school leaders, and digs deeper into the diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts funded by Lake Washington Schools Foundation that are underway in our district. 

Double Your Impact

Thanks to the generosity of the following matching pool donors, when you make a gift of $200 or more to our Be the Bridge spring benefit, your contribution will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to the first $28,500! Make your gift now.

  • Ben and Nancy Remak
  • Hua-Ping Yang and Denny Lee
  • Jonathan Heuer and Jean Liu
  • Tim and Michele Campbell
  • Norman and Susan Seabrooks
  • Irene and Jorg Neumann
  • Evelyn De Cerce
  • Katy Philips

Donation Appreciation Event

Donors who contribute $350 or more in this school year will be invited to our Donor Appreciation Happy Hour at Marriott Hotel in Redmond on June 2!

Master of Ceremonies

Morgan Palmer is the Chief Meteorologist for KIRO 7 News, where he’s been for eleven years. Morgan holds the prestigious television Seals of Approval from both the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. 

Originally from Texas, Morgan now resides and has family on the Eastside. He is a licensed amateur radio operator and enjoys hiking and exploring, especially in the Cascades. 


Eastlake High School graduate Eli Corriveau of HotSpark Media is the producer of video content for Be the Bridge. Eli is currently a junior at University of Washington, where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in advertising.

Eli also worked on Lake Washington Schools Foundation’s 2021 Be the Bridge program. LWSF is proud to work with this young, talented product of the LWSD school system.