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2016 Invest in Youth Breakfast

March 24, 2016    7:30-8:45 a.m.    Hyatt Regency Bellevue

Join us the morning of March 24, and start your day inspired! 

Hear from kids who have been helped by Youth Eastside Services' work, see where YES is headed, learn about its accomplishments over the past year, spend time in the company of hundreds of other community leaders — all while enjoying a delicious breakfast.

Get involved


If you'd like a seat among the nearly 1,000 community leaders and youth advocates who attend the Breakfast every year, please contact Lindsey Peterson, or 425-586-2318. The suggested donation is $150. 


Download our sponsorship packet, or contact Brooke Wiles, or 425-586-2326.

Become a Table Captain

Most attendees hear about the Breakfast through a colleague, neighbor, friend or family member. That's because we have nearly 100 super-volunteers known as Table Captains who spread the word about the event. Are you interested in not just attending, but in inviting people you know to join you? We're always looking for more Table Captains! Contact Brooke Wiles, or 425-586-2326.

Are you already a Table Captain? Download our toolkit.


Can't attend? You can still support YES by making a donation

Featured guests

Keynote speaker

Lenny WilkensBasketball legend Lenny Wilkens will be the keynote speaker for the 2016 Invest in Youth Breakfast!

A native of Brooklyn, NY, Wilkens' basketball legacy is known throughout the world. He enjoyed a 15-year playing career in the NBA, playing for the St. Louis Hawks, Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Portland Trail Blazers. He ranks among the all-time leaders in assists, free throws and games played, and was named Most Valuable Player in the 1971 All-Star Game.

Including playoff and All-Star games, he has participated in more games as a player and coach than anyone else in league history. Wilkens was also named as both one of the NBA's Top Ten Coaches in league history as well as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history when the NBA celebrated its 50th anniversary season in 1996-97.

He was inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a professional player and twice as a coach. Wilkens is the only person to have three inductions into the Hall of Fame. A former vice president of the NBA Players Association, Wilkens has also served as president of the NBA Coaches Association. 

Off the court, Wilkens' philanthropic spirit has inspired many. The Lenny Wilkens Foundation has raised over $8 million for the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic in Central Seattle as well as other local programs and services, and he has been a tireless advocate for accessible, affordable health care for children and families. 

Event co-chairs

Community co-chairs

We're excited to have Brad and Danielle Tilden as community co-chairs for our 2016 event:

Brad Tilden 

Brad Tilden is the chairman and chief executive officer of Alaska Air Group and its two subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. Tilden is a 24-year veteran of Alaska Air Group, and previously served as executive vice president of finance and planning, chief financial officer and corporate controller. Before joining Alaska, he spent eight years with the accounting firm Price Waterhouse. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University and an executive master’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington. Tilden was named one of the Top 50 People in Business by Fortune in 2014. He has also been recognized by the Boy Scouts of America as a Distinguished Eagle Scout. Tilden chairs the board of the Washington Roundtable, and he serves on the boards of the Boy Scouts of America, and Pacific Lutheran University.

Danielle Tilden

Danielle Tilden is the Owner of Station 7, a Capitol Hill boutique with a focus on locally made goods and art, found and upcycled furniture, and community engagement. She serves as a trustee of the Museum of Flight, president of the Washington Aerospace Scholars Foundation through the Museum of Flight, and treasurer of the board of Lake Washington Girls' Middle School in the Central District. Danielle’s career working in youth-serving organizations spans over 25 years. Danielle is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and has a background in public accounting. She and her husband Brad have three grown daughters: Lauren, Jacquie and Maria. She enjoys spending time with them traveling, hiking and urban exploring.

Wrap up: 2015 Invest in Youth Breakfast
On March 4, 2015, nearly 1,000 community leaders gathered at the Hyatt in Bellevue to hear stories of hope and strength from four youth who struggled with depression, drugs, anxiety, trauma, bullying and more.

Each was able to find the strength to overcome the odds with the help of Youth Eastside Services' substance abuse treatment, mental health counseling, Latino H.E.A.T. and other programs. Now in their late teens, each is a leader in their own right and looking forward to a bright future. Read more about youth speakers Julianna, Placido, Judith and Evelyn below.

Attendees also heard keynote speaker Penny LeGate's story of her own daughter's untimely death at 19 from a heroin overdose. Her key message: "this can happen to anyone... what could Marah have done with her life if she had lived past 19?"


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Speakers (in order of appearance)

Meeghan Black

Meeghan Black
is an Emmy-Award-winning broadcast journalist and communications specialist with nearly 30 years of experience hosting and anchoring daily TV programs. Meeghan has reported on everything from presidential visits and corporate mergers to natural and unnatural disasters. Meeghan has also found herself in many unpredictable and exciting situations as host of KING TV’s Evening Magazine and Gardening with Ciscoe. 

Penny LeGate

Penny LeGate
is an Emmy-Award-winning journalist who has held numerous broadcasting positions around the U.S. As an anchor, reporter and documentary producer, she was a regular presence in the Seattle TV and radio scene for decades. Penny now enjoys the life of a freelancer, filing stories from remote places such as Ethiopia, Uganda, India, Rwanda, Nepal, Vietnam and Bolivia. Penny keynotes events around the world, sharing her lessons from “the road” and encouraging others to use their capabilities to make the world a kinder place. Perhaps her greatest lesson to date, though, has been what she’s learned as the parent of a child who struggled with substance abuse.


struggled with substance abuse, an abusive relationship and bullying after deaths in her family left her devastated. Now 18, she's been clean for two years with the help of YES' substance abuse treatment and mental health counseling programs. She hopes to attend Wellesley College and Bastyr University to become a naturopathic doctor.

Placido, Judith and Evelyn

Placido, Judith and Evelyn
told their personal stories of struggling with substance abuse, depression, suicidal thoughts, low self-esteem and more. Their speech, ""Yo Soy," told the story of overcoming those obstacles with the help of YES' Latino H.E.A.T., substance abuse treatment and mental health counseling programs. 

Kathy Surace-Smith

Kathy Surace-Smith
is Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for NanoString Technologies, a biotech company in Seattle specializing in genomic technology. Previously she served as General Counsel, for SonoSite, Inc., a medical device company in Bothell, from 2002 to 2010 and for Metawave Communications, a telecommunications equipment provider in Redmond from 1996 to 2002. She is on the boards of the United Way of King County, the YWCA of King and Snohomish Counties, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and the Tateuchi Center, a proposed performing arts to serve the Eastside. She and her husband Brad Smith served as volunteer co-chairs of the 2010-2011 campaign for the United Way of King County, leading efforts to raise $117 million to be invested in the greater Puget Sound community.

Brad Smith

Brad Smith
is Microsoft’s general counsel and executive vice president of Legal and Corporate Affairs. He leads approximately 1,100 legal, business and corporate affairs professionals spanning 55 countries. Brad serves as Microsoft's senior executive responsible for the company's public policy, corporate citizenship and philanthropic program, including Microsoft YouthSpark, a company-wide, global initiative to create opportunities for 300 million youth. In Washington State, Brad has served as chair of the Washington Roundtable, a leading state business organization, and he has advanced several statewide education initiatives. In 2010 he chaired the Higher Education Funding Task Force for Governor Christine Gregoire, and in 2012 he co-chaired the transition team for incoming Governor Jay Inslee. Since 2011, Brad has chaired the Washington Opportunity Scholarship Program, the nation's first private-public funded endowment to enable more students to attend college.

Event chairs

  • Sandy Torrey, Costco

  • Brad Smith, Microsoft

  • Kathy Surace-Smith, NanoString Technologies

Youth Eastside Services' Invest in Youth Breakfast is held annually to benefit the Lifeline Fund, which gives kids and teens a chance to get the help they need from YES, regardless of their family's ability to pay. Donations to the Lifeline Fund also support prevention and education programs, which help prevent issues before they start.

Thank you to our 2015 sponsors

We are so grateful to our corporate sponsors for their support of our 2015 Invest in Youth Breakfast. Their contributions ensure that even more donations from the event go directly to uncompensated and subsidized care and underfunded programs.

Title Sponsors




Presenting Sponsors



Major Sponsors

Crown Linen Designs

Michael's Toyota of Bellevue

Pediatric Associates, Inc.

Raikes Foundation

Stifel RMG Group logo

Wells Fargo

Key Sponsors


Bellevue Reporter

Community Health Plan of Washington

Davis, Wright, Tremaine LLP

HST Construction

JP Morgan Chase

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe