Signed memorabilia, virtual experiences with players available to bid on here now through July 1; all proceeds will go to assist FareStart’s efforts to provide emergency meals across King County
SEATTLE – To meet emergency food needs and ensure future support of vulnerable populations, the Seattle Storm today launched an online auction to benefit the FareStart COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund.
Now through July 1, fans will have the opportunity to bid on signed memorabilia and once-in-a-lifetime experiences with current players and coaching staff. Eleven-time All-Star Sue Bird and 2018 WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart will record personalized video shout-outs to you or a loved one, while 2018 WNBA champion Alysha Clark will walk you through a private virtual cooking class.
Fans are also able to make a direct donation or purchase a meal for someone in need through the auction platform. To tip off the fundraising efforts, Storm partners AT&T, BECU, CenturyLink and Expedia have teamed up to match the first 1,200 emergency meals donated through the auction. Each meal costs FareStart an average of $4.50 to produce.
“COVID-19 hit, Angela Dunleavy-Stowell and FareStart responded. Driven by compassion and mission, this respected organization shifted operations to produce thousands of additional meals to answer the mounting COVID-19 related needs in our communities,” said Alisha Valavanis, Storm CEO and GM. “What’s more, with a simple word about FareStart’s rapid response, Storm partners stepped in to support them.”
“We are incredibly grateful to the Seattle Storm, their sponsors and their fans for helping alleviate hunger in our communities,” said Angela Dunleavy-Stowell, CEO of FareStart. “Food insecurity continues to grow and these funds will enable us to provide thousands of more emergency meals to our most vulnerable neighbors.”
FareStart is currently distributing between 7,500 and 11,000 emergency meals daily across King County. In addition to covering food costs and delivery expenses, the COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund will support increased staffing and labor, including housing, meals and human services for FareStart students. Additional funds will allow FareStart to immediately distribute more emergency meals for low-income seniors, food-insecure youth and families and individuals living in homelessness who need food now.
FareStart is a James Beard Award-winning nonprofit organization that transforms lives, disrupts poverty and nourishes communities through food, life skills and job training. Since 1992, FareStart has provided opportunities for more than 10,000 adults and youth, while serving over 10.7 million meals to Seattle area schools, homeless shelters and healthcare facilities.
For more information about FareStart’s COVID-19 response, please visit https://www.farestart.org/responding-covid-19.
About the Seattle Storm
The Seattle Storm is a three-time WNBA championship team committed to bringing a premium professional basketball and entertainment experience to a fan base rich in tradition and support. The organization places high value on community and building platforms to positively impact the overall entertainment, attraction and economy of the Puget Sound region. In addition, the Storm is dedicated to local youth development in the areas of fitness and wellness, with a special emphasis on inspiring leadership, motivation and the empowerment of girls and women. For more information, visit StormBasketball.com.