Team Leads Fundraising in 2002 Spirit Walk
RealNetworks employees won the top fundraising award in this year's Spirit Walk, a walk-a-thon to support substance-free Native American youth activities in the Seattle area. The RealNetworks team raised $1,190 (including RealNetworks Foundation matching funds) to benefit the Seattle Indian Health Board through the event, held June 1 at the Seattle Center. Given that the event raised a total of $10,000 in 2001, RN employees' contributions made a significant impact on the success of this event!
As the top fundraising team, the RealNetworks team and donors were awarded a two-hour Puget Sound cruise aboard the M/V Sacajawea.
In 2003 RealNetworks won the 2nd consecutive team prize.
"In 1995 Native and non-Native community members started to meet to discuss how they could make an impact in lives of young people. This planning group, came up with the idea of a walk-a-thon to highlight healthy community activities, to bring the community together and to raise money for youth activities. SpiritWalk, now in its 8th year, is a fun, substance free, day long event for the whole family and the entire Native and non-Native community. SpiritWalk incorporates the walk itself followed by a variety of Native performances. Walkers recieve lunch and thank you gifts for their participation, and have a chance to win some great prizes.
Walk proceeds support programs and activities targeting Native children and youth. Last years walk proceeds went to support high school culture clubs, Red Eagle Soaring (a Native youth theater group), Indian education programs and workshops, youth basketball tournaments, and other youth activities. Walk proceeds will continue to support youth activities by providing health prevention and intervention activities to youth and their families." -- Seattle Indian Health Board website