On Tuesday, April 24th , Encompass hosted its second Rise & Thrive Breakfast, bringing together local business, community, and government leaders to support the nonprofit’s vision of a community where all children thrive.
Over 200 people came out to network at the coffee reception, step inside the Encompass Mobile Therapy Unit, and hear a lineup of inspirational speakers during the breakfast program.
The event kicked off with Master of Ceremonies Chris Cashman interviewing seven very special guests from Encompass preschool classrooms. When asked what they wanted to be when they grew up, their responses ranged from
“a doctor and an astronaut,” to “a rockstar,” to “I want to be a firefighter like my daddy.”
Keynote and Family Speakers
The event was headlined by former Seattle Seahawk Ray Roberts, who spoke about the importance of including people
of all abilities in sports and in life. Longtime Encompass supporter Mike Flood, Vice President of Community Outreach for the Seattle Seahawks, served as Honorary Chair and introduced Roberts as the Keynote Speaker.
Family speaker Jonathan Clark shared his story about how Encompass has helped his family navigate the unexpected journey of Gus, his daughter, who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Clark recently formed the first Girl
Scout Troop for girls with special needs in the Snoqualmie Valley area.
After the program concluded, Cashman recorded a segment about the Encompass Mobile Therapy Unit for his new King 5 show called Take 5, shooting footage of the van in action and interviewing Encompass Behavioral Health Supervisor Kat Kaiser. You can view the segment below.