Please join us for a fun-filled evening with
dinner, wine, bidding, and laughter as we celebrate 44 years of services
and raise critical funds to support early learning. We will be coming together at Magnuson Park Hangar 30. Let us unite together with our volunteers, donors and community members to
support Denise Louie Education Center and hear about the work we are
doing as you engage and connect with your tables. Together we will honor this year’s Dream Award recipients and help raise funds needed to
close the opportunity gap.
Last year, in our virtual auction; generous sponsors, donors, and attendees helped us raise nearly $160,000 in support of providing early learning and family support services to 1,137 low income children and their families in King County. Please join us to continue our efforts to helping every child that needs it. Especially as we understand the long lasting consequences of the pandemic, we remain committed to providing educational services for children and families. Since 1978, we have provided early learning and family support services for Seattle children so that the opportunity gap is closed before they begin kindergarten. We offer weekly home visits and education centers as well as health training for parents and children ages 0-5 years old. All designed to prepare kids for kindergarten at no cost to families. As these services are crucial to expanding a healthy community, your support is much appreciated.
Denise Louie Education Center could not exist without the important support and partnership from our community. The Dream Award was established for the purpose of recognizing the outstanding work of individuals and organizations whose strong commitment to children has resulted in 1) increased access to early education and stability for children and families and 2) increased resources that allow Denise Louie to serve and expand its programmatic goals. It is because of champions like these that we are able to continue to provide high quality early learning access to our youngest learners!
2022 Auction Chairs
Jennie Cochran Chinn
Jennie has been an instrumental volunteer in our 2021 Dinner and Auction and Development efforts. Her support has led to the success of Denise Louie's first virtual auction and we are excited to have her as our 2022 Auction Chair.
"The brain is a muscle, and just like any muscle it is important to stretch and build it. This is what early learning does - it sets the foundation for learning for the rest of a child's life. It's fundamental for every child to have access to multicultural early learning that allows them to build that necessary foundation to be successful in life. No other organization does this better than Denise Louie Education Center." Jennie Cochran-Chinn
Denise has been a former board member of Denise Louie Education Center and has been serving on our Emeritus Board since 2021.
With deep roots in the community, Denise’s local knowledge combined with her wealth of management and marketing experience has made her an incredible resource, especially as a member of the capital campaign committee for Mercy Magnuson Place. Denise earned her degrees in economics, Asian studies, and business administration from Sloan School of Management at MIT and Bowdoin College. Her career in marketing and brand management spans nearly 15 years, including branding for Bayer Healthcare. After returning to Uwajimaya in 2013 as Marketing Director, Denise became President in 2016 and CEO in 2017. In addition to her dedication to DLEC, Denise sits on the board for AAA and serves on Mayor Bruce Harrell’s transition committee.
Gee Scott is a Radio Host on the “Gee & Ursula Show. Podcast Host “Leaving A Legacy” and a Game Day Host for the Seattle Seahawks. He is also an Auctioneer and Emcee.
"If better is possible, then good is never enough." #ScottLegacy
2022 Dream Awardees:
For over 9 years, Alma has devoted immeasurable support to our mission of closing the opportunity gap for our children and families. As a parent to a preschooler at Denise Louie, she took on leadership roles as a Policy Council Member and later as a Board Member and Auction Chair. She has provided a much-needed voice for our work and mission. When she left the program, she continued to help with all of our facility-related issues and served as a constant resource for health and safety in the class, public charge, and everything related to immigrant and refugee populations. Alma has been a huge advocate for our work and has continually helped our organization raise the critical funds needed to sustain the services we provide. She has also spent countless hours with the environmental study on our Beacon Hill location. We could not have acquired the Beacon Hill site without her. As a community leader, Alma has demonstrated tremendous passion in early education for children, and as a result, she has positively impacted the children of our future. Her commitment to Denise Louie Education Center is undisputed and will forever leave a positive lasting impact in our community.
Since 2003, the UW Jumpstart program has been working alongside our education team to provide classroom support to work towards closing the opportunity gap among Seattle’s Youngest learners. Not only were Jumpstart volunteers fully trained to promote school readiness and family engagement in the past 19 years but during the COVID-19 pandemic, they helped to support virtual learning for many families. Our partnership with Jumpstart has resulted in preparing over 14,000 children for kindergarten with many of them working today in companies such as Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bailey Gatzert Elementary, Amazon, University of Washington and the City of Seattle to name a few. Jumpstart’s team has supported our vision of empowering children and families to reach their full potential so they can advocate for themselves, our community, and the world through early learning support. Without this partnership, we would not have been able to successfully support our most vulnerable children and families. As a community organization, they have demonstrated a tremendous passion and commitment for our children, their families and the greater Seattle community. Their commitment to the community is undisputed and will forever leave a positive lasting impact in the lives of children served.
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