Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Introducing Our Interim Executive Director

Please Welcome Our Interim Executive Director


As I retire from my role at The Sophia Way, I do so with excitement for the organization's future, assured of my successor's ability to lead, but also with a heavy heart for all the people I will miss. Please see the message below from our Board Chair introducing our Interim Executive Director.

Each of you has meant a great deal to me...knowing you has enriched my life...and, my experience here at The Sophia Way has profoundly influenced me in countless ways.

With loving regards,
Helen Leuzzi
Executive Director
Message from our Board Chair:

Today we welcome Karina O'Malley as our new Interim Executive Director. She takes the helm of The Sophia Way as someone who has been an important part of the organization since day one. At the inception of The Sophia Way, Karina served in an Advisory Council Role and then later as the Vice-Chair on the Board of Directors. Karina is a powerful advocate of the homeless in her own right. She has fought for the rights of impoverished people her entire adult life. We are thrilled she will be working in this capacity and look forward to The Sophia Way's future.

We also want to express our deep gratitude to Helen Leuzzi whose inspiration birthed The Sophia Way. Helen paved the way with such energy and success that Karina's leadership can continue to assist women from homelessness to independence. Thank you Helen and welcome Karina!

Janet Donnelly
Board Chair
Auction Item Highlight

Our most significant benefit event of the year is coming up soon -March 2nd at the Bellevue Hilton Hotel. We have a wonderful assortment of both Silent and Live Auction Items, something for everyone and every size pocketbook. Here is just one of many exciting Auction items for which you can get a great bargain! This year, you can see a list of all auction items online here.

A Week in a French Medieval Artists' Village
Walk back in time... Spend a week in SW France in the enchanting, Medieval, artists' village of St-Cirq Lapopie, selected by the French in 2012 in a national contest as the #1 Preferred Village in France.
Maison d'Etre is an enchanting 4-bedroom, Medieval home located in the exquisite village of St. Cirq Lapopie. Ranked #1 among the Most Beautiful Villages of France, St Cirq is the land of sunflowers, truffles, foie gras and Malbec wines.

Perched on a cliff, 300 feet above the River Lot in the Midi-Pyrenees region, St. Cirq is just 1.75 hours drive north of the Toulouse International Airport. There are many things to do here and this will be a trip you will remember forever.
In This Issue
Auction Item Highlight
New One For Sophia Participants

New One For Sophia Participants

Our One For Sophia family of businesses is growing and we want to make sure you know about these wonderful businesses that are stepping up to partner with us in helping women who are experiencing homelessness.

Fresh Bistro is a West Seattle dining favorite. Featuring a menu that reflects the best of local producers, local people and a local feel, diners enjoy great food in a comfortable environment. Whether at their new communal dining table along with your neighbors or at a private table, join them for dinner, happy hour, or weekend brunch.

The Brew is a gathering place - a place where many come and have a good time at their events or to just watch the news, sipping on a White Chocolate Mocha; You can have a glass of wine for girls night out ( or beer for the men)! It's
a place for all ages.

777 Cafe is located in the lobby of the Symetra building in Bellevue, Washington. Enjoy a great cup of artisan coffee roasted by Caffe' Vita and delicious pastries from Essential Baking Co. and Pinks Bakery. Their sandwiches are made with the best ingredients and they also offer five different soups daily (at least one of them a vegetarian).

Other businesses who are currently taking part in the One For Sophia campaign are: St. James Espresso, Two Twelve on Central - Bistro and Bar, Cheeky Cafe and Immortal Dog Pet Supply and Bakery. For more details, please visit our One For Sophia Webpage.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Transition of Executive Director

A Message from our Board of Directors Chair - Janet Donnelly:

Dear patrons of The Sophia Way,

The Sophia Way has been around for 4 years. In that time, it has grown from a small idea of getting women off the street to a powerful force for change and optimism. It has a dynamic, experienced staff and a bold mission to end homelessness. With the opening of the new shelter, Sophia's Place at St. Luke's, and the imminent opening of Sophia's Thrift Shoppe, it has never been more sure of its commitment and its future. The founder, Helen Leuzzi, has given her heart and soul to this vision but has always been clear that she would not stay forever. Now is an opportune moment for The Sophia Way, with the help and guidance of Helen, to seek a new executive director to boldly carry us into the future. The transition will take place over the next few months with the help of an Interim Executive Director. We wish Helen the best for her future endeavors.

Janet Donnelly
Board of Directors Chair

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Your Invitation to Festa Italiana


As we embark on the New Year we look back and remember that we have accomplished a lot and helped many deserving women "get a leg up in the world" as we continued to fulfill our mission. We begin 2013 with the most significant fund raiser of the year, The Sophia Way benefit dinner and auction. All of us at The Sophia Way are very excited about our benefit event, FESTA ITALIANA as it is shaping up to be quite extraordinary. FESTA ITALIANA will feature an authentic Italian dinner, the recipes for which were arranged by me, our Auction Team, and our esteemed Hilton Chef, Juan Luna; we will also host a cocktail hour with a seafood buffet and appetizers. And, you will be entertained by strolling Italian Minstrels and an amazing string quartet playing classic Italian music. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the many unique and wonderful auction items that have been donated...something for everyone and for every size pocketbook.

This year you can view our silent & live auction items online. Check back often as the list will be updated regularly. Also, look at the fantastic raffle items below we will be offering in our Raffle Drawing, simply amazing!

We look forward to your continued support. Please register and invite your family, friends, co-workers. I look forward to seeing you at FESTA ITALIANA.
With warm regards,

Helen Leuzzi
Executive Director

The Sophia Way Benefit Dinner & Auction
Festa Italiana
Hosted Bar & Cocktail Hour
Saturday, March 2nd 2013, Registration 5:00 pm
Hilton Hotel, Bellevue

Ticket: $125

Or call: Srijan at 425.463.6285 x111

Auction 2013 Raffle Items Pic


First Raffle: Hyatt Resorts in Argentina and Chile Luxury Exploration 9-night Package with Airfare for (2) with tickets @ $50 each...only 300 will be sold...Value $19,000 (see more details ...).
Disclaimer: The Sophia Way must sell 150 tickets to cover the cost of this package. If TSW is unable to sell 150 tickets, then the funds for tickets purchased up to 150 will be considered a donation to The Sophia Way.

Second Raffle: We will draw two winners. The first winner will be able to choose either A or B.
A) Napa Valley Wine Country Experience Features Hot Air Balloon Ride, Wineries, Chauffeur and Marriott Resort & Spa 3-Night Stay for (2) and Airfare for (2)...Value Priceless (see more details ...); and

B) Santa Fe, New Mexico Luxury 4-night Getaway at The Residence Club at El Corazon, Dining and Airfare for (2)...Value $6245 (see more details ...).

The tickets for the 2nd Raffle (Both A and B) will be sold for $10. If interested in purchasing, please call Srijan 425.463.6285 ext. 111 or email srijan@sophiaway.org.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy Holidays from The Sophia Way


As the New Year approaches we are reflecting on our - you and The Sophia Way - ability to improve the lives of so many women in 2012. While the need is still great, we are thankful our clients are thoroughly enjoying and appreciating our new shelter - Sophia's Place at St. Luke's. And, we are grateful to Bellevue First Congregational Church for hosting our Eastside Winter Shelter for Women and Children providing emergency shelter and warm meals to many. And, we congratulate many of our clients who have completed this education term at college successfully. So, although we have much more to accomplish in 2013, we - you and The Sophia Way - can look back on 2012 and say WELL DONE! With your continued support and encouragement, we will continue to change and improve lives, provide hope and sustenance to many well-deserving women.

I trust the New Year will bring us closer to our goal of eradicating homelessness in East King County by improving the financial strength of our clients through the execution of our new initiatives i.e. Sophia's Thrift Shoppe. We have much to be thankful for as we end this year on a very high note! From everyone here at The Sophia Way, we wish you a wonderful New Year.

With warm regards,
Helen Leuzzi
Executive Director