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Heritage Society Annual Event Features Speakers from Mary’s Place and Amazon

More than 70 Heritage Society members gathered in Horizon House’s Anderson Hall on November 16 for the annual Society event. The Heritage Society, which was established in 2004, recognizes those who have made a philanthropic commitment to Horizon House through a planned gift like a will bequest or charitable gift annuity.

The evening started with lovely music from John Carrington, Harpist for the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Horizon House’s wonderful Dining Service team provided a wonderful complement of delicious hors d’oeuvres and sparkling wines that were enjoyed by all. Our attendees then heard from Marty Hartman, the Executive Director of Mary’s Place, and Grace Beaudin, a Community Engagement Specialist for Amazon. Hartman and Beaudin spoke of their organizations’ relationship, Amazon’s commitment to ending homelessness, and the special work that Mary’s Place does in addressing homeless through shelters and low income housing and providing various services.

“Besides the food and fellowship, we got an astounding presentation on the homeless in Seattle and what Mary’s Place is doing with the help of Amazon,” said Horizon House resident and Heritage Society member Lowell Kimble.

Mary’s Place provide shelter for homeless families in Seattle and Shoreline, often by using vacant office buildings and hotels that would otherwise be of no use. Hartman was a passionate speaker and attendees were moved hearing about the work that Mary’s Place does.

The annual event celebrates Heritage Society members who have made a legacy gift to the Horizon House endowment such as naming HH in their will, in a charitable gift annuity, IRA, or Beneficiary Designation on an IRA account.

To learn more about the Heritage Society, please contact Philanthropy Manager Dave Spicer at daves@horizonhouse.org or 206-382-3263.

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