Registration now open for MIYFS 'Giving from the Heart' Breakfast

January 17, 2016 | by Erin Sirianni

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GFTH-BreakfastRegistration is now open for the 14th annual ‘Giving from the Heart’ Breakfast – a fundraiser that supports Mercer Island Youth and Family Services (MIYFS) programs.

The breakfast will take place on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at the Mercer Island Community & Event Center. Doors open at 7 am and the coffee and breakfast program take place from 7:30 to 8:30 am.  The honorary co-chairs for this year’s event are Sandy and Ken Glass.

During the presentation, attendees are invited to make a contribution to MIYFS with a suggested donation of $250 or more per person.

Here’s how donations support the Mercer Island community, as shared by MIYFS:

  • Over 100 children received meals and gifts during the 2015 November and December holiday season. One recipient sent this note, “I want to thank everyone. It has been a struggle for me and every bit helps. My daughter and I are very thankful for all the help we have gotten from this program. She loved opening her presents!”
  • Our Food Pantry, located in the Luther Burbank office, had 1,500 visits in 2015. That’s five visits every day of the week from Mercer Island residents.
  • Through MIYFS’ substance use advocacy and education coalition, known as Communities That Care, Mercer Island High School students started the SAFE Club – offering a safe haven for students who want to steer clear of marijuana, alcohol, and other substances, and who in turn inspire others to make that choice too.
  • While many seniors on Mercer Island are aging well and staying active and engaged in the community, many others (or their adult children) reach out to MIYFS for in-home assessments, case management, grief and loss support, and caregiver support classes. In 2015, nearly 400 Mercer Island seniors were assisted by MIYFS dedicated Geriatric Specialist Betsy Zuber.

Learn more, register, or consider making a donation to MIYFS at