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The 13th Annual Friendraiser Breakfast and Auction
The 13th Annual Friendraiser Breakfast and Auction
Posted on 03/27/2018

The artistic sounds of Emerald Ridge High School Chamber Ensemble, directed by Scott Fry was a warm welcome on the brisk March morning as people began to convene in the Washington State Fair Pavilion. Local business owners, officials from the city and county, along with Puyallup School District’s administrators gathered in support of students in Puyallup.


Every March Communities In Schools of Puyallup (CISP) hosts an annual breakfast and live auction. All proceeds of the event go towards funding services enabling students to overcome challenges and come to school ready to learn. Last year CISP, in conjunction with community partnerships, helped 14,034 students succeed, to stay on track, graduate, and aim for a brighter future.   

CISP’s mission 
is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.This includes academic support such as tutoring or mentoring, physical and mental health care, basic needs like food and clothing, life skills, and college and career preparation

RHS JROTCArriving at the Friendraiser, attendees were greeted by Daffodil Princesses and were entertained by performances from students while they purchased their raffle tickets from the March Gladness Leadership Team. The program opened with presentation of colors, performed by Rogers High School Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC), led by Sergeant First Class Roland Sydney/JROTC Army Instructor.  Following was a beautiful rendition of the national anthem sung by Emerald Ridge High School soloist, Ian Stout.

The annual Friendraiser Breakfast and Auction is an opportunity to raise money through donations from individuals and local businesses, unite with colleagues and community members, and honor individuals who have been instrumental in aiding in the success and positive impact they have had on students. 

Without the charitable service and support of the volunteers, the connections and heartfelt relationships with the students and families would not develop.

“Young people thrive when adults care about them on a one-to-one
 level and they have a sense of belonging to a caring community.”

Bill Milliken
Founder, Communities In Schools

CISP, Puyallup School District, and the many partnerships are thankful and honored to have dedicated and caring volunteers in the community. Congratulations to this year’s recipients.

 David and Barbara Hamry
Volunteers of the Year

Charity Rohner
Volunteer of the Year

Tara Harrison
Education Citizen of the Year

Haley Keizur
Student Citizen of the Year

The comradery that has developed with the partnerships and sponsors is evident by the many years of collaboration and success.Together with everyone’s support and generosity, this year’s event raised $48,000.

If you would like to make a donation or become involved with Communities In Schools Puyallup, please consider one of the following:
 * Donate online through the CISP website.
 * Become a volunteer for one of the tutoring program.
 * Link your Fred Meyer Rewards.
 * Shop through Amazon Smile. Now through March 31Amazon will triple donation amounts.
 * Hold a drive at a local business for clothing, food, backpacks, etc.
 * Be a drop-off site for CISP “Fill the Canoe” school supply drive in August.

For additional information contact Executive Director of Communities In Schools Jan Mauk at [email protected]