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IS SAQUAH PRESS SECTION WEDNESDAY~ OCTOBER 77 2009 Above, Cub Scout Troop 680 members pres- ent the Salmon Days Grande Parade proces- sion. At fight, Colin Patrick, 3, gets a lot of enjoyment out of a dipped Boehm's Candies ice cream bar. A giant salmon kite announced by chimes is paraded through the streets of downtown Issaquah during Salmon Days. See a video of the Kiwanis Salmon Barbecue at www.issaquah- press.corn~cate- gory~videos~. PHOTOS BY GREG FARRAR At dght, Issaquah Kiwanis mem- bors Fred Mock (leE) and Sandi Collins cut salmon fillets covered with secret sauce into portions for cus- tomers at the annual barbe- cue. Far right, Ava Schmidt, 4, of Issaquah, does flying som- ersaults on the Monkey Motion ride as her dad Max watches. Above, Bdtish rocker Ray Dorsett, also known as Mungo Jerry, with help from Black Velvet 4 and Friends and The Venturettes, thrills a capacity crowd of hundreds at the Rainier Boulevard Stage. Far left, Choreographer Jeroen Moufik leads students from Discovery and Clark elementary schools and the Center for Dance in Preston in The Festival Spectacle. Emily Mathiesen, 11, of Issaquah, demonstrates how corn on the cob should be eaten. By Chan Ue Lusebrmk Issaquah Press reporter ou can help Life Enrich- ment Options officials raise a roof at their 20th celebration and luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 13. LEO, an organization dedicated to advocating and providing housing for people with development dis- ucation programs in the schools, they now can look forward to hav- ing a full life in our community." The third home will cost about $500,000. To date, organization of- ficials have raised about $150,000. To help raise additional funds, Ann Dennis, a founding board member said hosting a luncheon and celebration seemed like the perfect fit for such a momentous abilities, turns 20 this year. To cele- time in the organization's history. brate, they are fundraising for an- In 20 years, the organization has other big endeavor -- a third family helped advocate at the state Legis- home to assist adults with disabili- lature for funding for adults living ties in the Issaquah, Sammamish with developmental disabilities; and Snoqualmie Valley areas, helped advocate for localparks and Today, we are celebrating 20 recreation programming for those years of being in existence and adults; linked countess families to having a vision to create a com- employment agencies; and pro- munity of people living with devel- vided continuing education oppor- opmental disabilities, said Rose tunities for adults, Finnegan said. Finnegan, a founding board mem- "Twen years ago that wasn't ber for the organization. "After possible, she said. Recreation they graduate from the special-ed- wasn't local, jobs were almost im, possible to come by and housing was almost nonexistent." One of the first ways they helped break down those barriers was to create the Gravity Car races, held in cooperation with the Rotary Club of Issaquah, every year. "It's a fun event, where people can get to know our children and our adults," Finnegan said. Most recently, though, the organi- zation's primary function has been to provide housing for developmen- tally disabled adults who can live independently from their families. "It is so important to give these people a place to live, so they can learn to be independent before a crisis happens," said Angela Dews, a founding board member. "So many times, these adult kids find themselves in crisis when their morn or dad die and they need to leave their home." By living independently, in a group home, their confidence grows and preparations are al- ready in place for them when their parents die, she added. The organization opened Rose House in 2003 and the Ann Den- nis House in 2006. Both provide housing for five to six adults who live together in a cooperative fam- ily environment with the assis- tance of a caregiver, Dennis said. "It is the closest thing to actually livingwith their parents and hav- ing the support they need there, To help celebrate their milestones, the women said they have hired John Curley, former host of "Evening Magazine," to be master of ,11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Oct. 13 ceremonies and Jim Dever, host of Pickering Barn "Evening Magazine," to do a video ~ 1730 lOth Ave. N.W. about the organization's residents. ~ Reservations: 206-619-2475 or They also will have a raffle of e-mail leoorganization@gmail.com www.leoorganization.org sorts where luncheongoers can purchase a balloon with a prize in- side, like gift certificates for local restaurants and wine tastings. Lunch will be catered by Tuxe- dos-N-Tennis Shoes. Guests will Finnegan said. feast on lemon rosemary chicken By fundraising for a third home, skewers served on top of orange, apple and fennel slaw; roasted new potato salad with fresh herbs the organization will be able to take on five new adults. "We are celebrating seeing a vi- sion we had 20 years ago come true," Finnegan said. "But we still need to grow. As the baby boom population ages, parents of ounger children with disabilities ave to plan for the future. and a Dijon vinaigrette; and sea- sonal field greens. Dessert is pumpkin cheesecake or coconut shortbread dipped in dark choco- late. Fresh rolls and a variety of beverages will be served. Finnegan said officials have IFYOU GO room for about 300 guests at Pick- ering Barn and have received con- firmations from about 225 guests. There's room for more, she said, but participants need to reserve their spot by Oct. 7, so officials can accommodate them. The sug- gested donation is $100. Chantelle Lusebrink: 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment at www. issaquahpress, com.