A Cure is Coming Auction Update from Michael-Ryan

In light of the 8th Annual A Cure is Coming Dinner and Auction fundraiser, I would like to take a moment to thank all of our sponsors that are making this event possible and highlight some of the great auction items that have been so kindly donated from outstanding individuals and companies not only in the Seattle area, but from across the country. Hopefully this will add some excitement for those of you who have already committed to come support our cause of raising awareness and improving the quality of life of individuals living with paralysis; and possibly give an extra incentive to those of you who have not purchased tickets yet or are still considering whether you will be coming to the event.

2011 auction bidding in action!

We always have a wonderful silent auction, and this year is no different. We have items such as wine packages, an assortment of gift certificates to numerous restaurants, a number of his and hers watches from a handful of different makers, snowboards, music memorabilia signed by some of today’s most talented artists, and the list goes on and on. But as always, what is really exciting is our live auction.

Custom chopper built by Landon Jensen

Our live auction once again has a long list of items donated by many incredible people and companies. Jason Courter and Honda of Bellevue have been huge supporters since our inception and are once again donating a one-year lease of a 2012 Honda Accord. Keeping along the lines of the automotive industry, we will also have a beautiful custom-built motorcycle up for auction that was created by good friend of mine named Landon Jensen.

The live auction will also include some items that have always done well from previous years such as incredible game day experiences with the Seattle Seahawks, a bone fishing trip in the Bahamas, and even a $5000 backyard landscaping makeover donated by Telgenhoff Landscape Services.   The last item I will mention is a restaurant experience starting with a sushi making class at Seastar in Bellevue and ending with an amazing three-course dinner at John Howie Steakhouse in the Bravern. This experience will be described in detail at the auction by Chef John Howie himself who will also be donating a generous $12 from each sale of his newly finished book  directly back to the foundation.

There will be many other great items and experiences to bid on, not to mention live entertainment, all in order to help us reach our ultimate goal of building a center which will play a key role in rehabilitating the mind, body, and spirit of those suffering from catastrophic injuries.  I truly hope that all of you will come to not only experience a wonderful night of food, entertainment, and incredible items to bid on, but more importantly to hear about the great strides we have made in the past year and how much closer we are to seeing our vision come to fruition.

You all have helped us raise well over $1 million in years past, and those donations have brought us to a place where the Healing Center is quickly becoming a reality. That being said, this is our most important year to date.   Our dream is to help people who need proactive therapy and rehabilitation more than they could ever imagine, and working together to build a center where these individuals can come to heal, learn and continue to grow into whatever they aspire to be is what we as a foundation will continue to strive for. With your continued support, this will happen. The need for a Healing Center is now, and I pray all of you who are reading this will come to hear firsthand why and how we as an organization are making this happen. Once again, I thank you for taking the time to read and look forward to seeing you all October 6 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

May God bless you and all of those you hold close.

Michael-Ryan Pattison



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