2011 Alvirita Little Award Luncheon Raises More Than $60,000!

Dr. Constance Rice with THS Executive Director Norman O. Johnson, and Alvirita Little’s children Alvin Little, Vivian Lee and Harold Booker

The 2011 Alvirita Little Award Luncheon: Fundraising and “Friendraising”

On September 22, over 320 attendees filled the Leonesa Ballroom at the Grand Hyatt Seattle, helping THS to raise more than $60,000 for youth programming.

Created by THS’ Board of Directors in 1988, the Alvirita Little Award honors an individual or organization that has contributed continuously and selflessly to children, youth, adults, and families at-risk in our community, especially those affected by chemical dependency and mental illness. The award is named in memory of Alvirita Little (May 25, 1913-June 24, 2006), who contributed over 50 years of professional and volunteer service in support of youth and families in the Greater Puget Sound Region.

Emceed by Joyce Taylor, co-anchor of KING 5 Morning News, the program included a video highlighting our ENCOMPASS program, as well as comments from Karen McPhee, the mother of an ENCOMPASS program participant. ENCOMPASS is the first evidence-based treatment for youth ages 13 to 25 years with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.

This year’s award was given to Dr. Constance Rice in recognition of her years of community service, her work at Casey Family Programs on behalf of youth in foster care, and her efforts on behalf of adolescents and those with HIV/AIDS in Africa. In comments made after the presentation of the award Dr. Rice, acknowledged that many community based organizations like THS are referred to as “safety nets.” She views THS as a trampoline: “Because a trampoline lifts, it keeps you going, it helps you to soar.”

THS would like to thank everyone who made this year’s luncheon a success.  Believe it or not, we will soon begin planning next year’s event.  If you would like to get involved, please contact Ken Schlegel, Director of Development and Marketing at 206-323-0930, extension 201 or KennethS@ths-wa.org.