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2020 Invest in Youth Event

Thank you for supporting YES!



A great, big THANK YOU for participating in the Invest in Youth Virtual Event!


Because of our generous supporters, we blew past our Invest in Youth Breakfast goal of $800,000! You helped us raise over $923,000 to support children, youth, and families struggling with mental health and substance use challenges.

During this crisis, when our young clients needed more support than ever, you were there for them, ensuring they continue to receive evidence-based therapy (virtually) regardless of their ability to pay.


We are enormously grateful for your support!


YES Chief Executive Officer, Patti Skelton-McGougan sits down with former KIRO-7 anchor Penny LeGate to talk about the state of our local youth and their mental health and substance use challenges.


YES client Liam, who is now 18 years old, was always an active kid. Growing up he was involved with boxing, music, songwriting and his favorite, participating on a nationally ranked paintball team. But at the age of 13, after befriending youth in a local gang, his life took a turn for the worst.


Eventually, Liam was arrested and placed in a juvenile hall. Upon his release, he reached out to YES Counselor Ty Edwards who provides services at the Kirkland Teen Union Building (KTUB).



One of the most common questions we get at YES is, “How do I talk to my child about suicide/mental health?” So, we asked local middle and high school students, how they would like their parents to approach the conversation, and what would they like them to know.


Watch YES’ brand new educational film Talk to Me which uses those replies, and also tips from YES Behavioral Health Support Specialist, Michelle Brode to help parents and adults feel more comfortable, having difficult conversations with youth.



Invest in Youth Breakfast keynote speaker Kevin Hines, is a long time advocate of youth mental health services. In the year 2000, Kevin Hines attempted to take his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. After experiencing a miraculous survival, Kevin now travels the world sharing his story of hope, healing, and recovery.


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Now more than ever we need your help to raise $800,000 to transform the lives of youth and families in East King County. The Invest in Youth Breakfast is YES’ only fundraiser of the year, accounting for more than two-thirds of all annual donations. Funds help ensure that ALL children, youth and families, have access to critical mental health and substance use services and programs, regardless of their ability to pay.

$5,000 Pays for one year of life-saving, evidence-based Youth & Family Counseling Services.

$2,500 Provides research-proven skills to manage suicidal thoughts using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

$1,000 Helps a teen struggling with substance use and co-occurring disorders begin the recovery process.

$500 Supports recruiting, training, and guiding adult volunteer SUCCESS mentors.

$200 Underwrites a YES School presentation on how to recognize the signs of a mental health disorder.

Donate today


Sandy Torrey
YES Board of Trustees and Vice President Corporate Marketing, Packaging and Publisher of The Costco Connection




Carmen Halstrom
Broker, Windermere Real Estate/East, Inc




Thank you to our generous 2020 sponsors!

Thank you to our breakfast sponsors who help extend a lifeline to struggling children, youth and families in East King County by underwriting the cost of care for the mental health and substance use services.

Title Sponsors



Presenting Sponsors


Major Sponsors


Overlake Medical logo





Key Sponsors

Amazon logo

Firstline Systems logo

Wagner Management Corp logo

Supporting Sponsors

Auto Connections of Bellevue

Cardinal Heating & Air

Community Health Plan of Washington

Mike and Cindy Hastings

Honda Auto Center of Bellevue

JP Morgan Chase

Kaiser Permanente

Michael’s Automotive Group

Perkins Coie LLP

Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation

Steven Ray Construction, Inc.

Sweeney Conrad, P.S.

Table Sponsors

Rachel Adler

Bellevue Sunrise Rotary Foundation

Hanson Baker Ludlow Drumheller P.S.

Mainspring Wealth Advisors, LLC

Rob Owen Lending Team

Seattle Children’s

Swedish Health Services

Umpqua Bank


Thanks to these generous donors, gifts of $500 or more will be matched up to the limit of $204,598.


Diane Adam

Kim Austin

Debbie Baker

Terry & Suzy Bask

Tim Bates

Chris & Indy Behrman

Andy & Elizabeth Campbell

Brian & Rhonda Cheney

David Daggett

Kathy Englund

Duke Eide & Winn Richardson

Dan & Mallory Faulkner

Mike & Kristy Gibson

David & Cathy Habib

Carmen Halstrom

Lisa & Phil Hay

Lynn & Brant Henshaw

Leslie & Jerome Hewlett

Marianne & Alan Heywood

Jennifer & Donnie Ivan

Patrick Johnson, Ph. D

Melissa Kanias

Kasin Family Foundation

Karen Lee

Rick Lessley

Mark & Janet McClure

Todd & Mimi Menenberg

Tushar Mehta & Ami Desai-Mehta

Steve Miller & Patti Cowan

Moser Wealth Advisors

Lynn Oldham-Gibson

Rob & Sonja Owen

Alpa & Kush Parikh

Brenda & Chris Pick

Mary Lynne Poole

Linda & Steve Reichenbach

Jackie Roberts & Jeff Goldstein

Larry & Jennie Rush

Valerie Schmidt

Ron & Sara Seubert

Drs. Lorena Shih & Tom Walsh

Chris Sittig & Christina Peterson

John & Sherry Stilin

Sandy & Jeff Torrey

Jane Vincent & Erik Hulsey

Rich Wagner

Robin & Maggi Walker

Brian & Cindy Whiteside

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