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Dicks Walk-A-Thon Event Raises Money For Local Charities

September 3rd, 2014 by master

Dick’s Drive-In Walk-A-Thon is expected to arrive at 4:45 pm Sunday, Sept 7 at the Wallingford Dicks Location.

Lifelong Seattleite Lars Philips is the Founder of Dick’s Drive-In Walk-A-Thon, an event to raise money and support for local charities.

Philips started the event three years ago with a friend. At first it was just the two of them, but now in their 4th year they expect more than 30 people to join the walk which consists of 1 day, 6 locations and 22 miles.

This year the event is officially partnered with Dick’s Drive-In and the Spady Family who have agreed to match up to $2,000 raised by participants and in Change For Charity buckets on the day of the walk. Money raised goes to support charities like Mary’s Place, First Place School, FareStart, ROOTS Young Adult Shelter, The Compass Center, Operation Nightwatch, St. Martin de Porres Shelter, and Cocoon House.

As mentioned on their Facebook Page, they are encouraging interested walkers to gather at the Edmonds Drive-In at 10:30am to begin the trek across Seattle to support their Change for Charity partners.


1. EDMONDS – 10:00 AM [Start walk at 10:35]
2. LAKE CITY – 1:15 PM
3. HOLMAN ROAD – 3:00 PM
5. BROADWAY – 6:15 PM
6. QUEEN ANNE – 7:15 PM


Walk-A-Thon participants are encouraged to donate $20 to Change for Charity to receive a drive-thru punch card at the Edmonds location. For those who complete the entire trek and have the proof in hand they promise a cheeseburger will be waiting for them at the Queen Anne Dicks!

What: Dick’s Drive-In Change for Charity Walk-A-Thon When: Sunday, September 7th starting at 10:00
Where: Starting at the Edmonds Dick’s Drive-In Location and continuing 22 miles on foot to all 6 Dick’s Drive-In locations!
For more information check their Facebook Page

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Goddess Festival to raise money for nonprofits

August 10th, 2011 by master

By Christy Wolyniak:

Thousands of masked people are expected to converge on Meridian Playground this Saturday for Wallingford’s first-ever Goddess Festival.

Shuttleworth wants Wallingford to have a unique festival. As the Chair of the Wallingford Art Walk, she was inspired her to pursue her passion for the Goddess Festival.

“[I chose] goddess to remind us we’re all nurturers and healers – [not just women]. I wanted to show that nurturing feel as well as the warrior aspect to get people thinking about what it means to be part of a community and a tribe,” said organizer Tara Babette Shuttleworth, founder of Babette’s Events.

The festival is raising money for 13 local nonprofits, including seven from Wallingford.

Comedy groups such as Jet City Improv and The Storytellers will perform as well as various dance groups such as The BAHAR Bellydancers. At 8:00 p.m. there will be a full moon ceremony to connect the tribe of Wallingford.

There will be three stages featuring local bands, more than 30 craft and food vendors, a Kid Zone, a beer garden in the Wallingford Community Senior Center and silent auctions.

The dress code is tribal warrior. “Throw on a mad mask or feathers – whatever represents tribal for you, and raise up nonprofits for your tribe,” said Shuttleworth.

The Goddess Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. this Saturday, August 13th at Meridian Playground. If you’re interested in volunteering, email

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