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KCSARC breakfast exceeds its fundraising goal

Dr. Eric Chesley, of Group Health Cooperative, gives advice to attendees at the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center
Dr. Eric Chesley, of Group Health Cooperative, gives advice to attendees at the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center's April 18 breakfast.
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King County Sexual Assault Resource Center exceeded their fundraising goal at a breakfast last week to raise money for therapy, legal advocacy and prevention programs.

About 160 people attended the "BE LOUD for Safe Communities" Breakfast at at the Renton Pavilion Event Center on April 18.

"We are very pleased; I think it went quite well," said Alix Compton.

She is the development operations manager for KCSARC. The event raised $30,500, but the goal was $30,000, which was a bit a stretch, said Compton.

Sonja Mejlaender was the emcee. Renton pediatrician Eric Chasley gave the audience advice as caregivers on how to talk about healthy sexuality and relationships with the goal of sexual assault prevention.

The audience participated in a live polling activity, texting in answers to questions posed by KCSARC in an onscreen presentation. As they answered questions, bars next to the answer choices got longer as votes came in.

"People responded really positively to that because it was a way to participate in what was happening," Compton said.

All of the funds collected will go to ongoing support of the organizations programs. KCSARC has stayed pretty stable financially, said Compton.

KCSARC hasn't hosted an event in Renton for a year and a half, so the breakfast was a good chance to reconnect with the community, Compton said.

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