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You've Been Pumpkined! MIYFS Fundraiser Uses Seasonal Art to Support Mission

The pumpkins are made by local glass artists and currently on sale at locations across the Island including the Mercer Island Community Center, Mercer Island Florist, Aljoya, and Au Courant.

The one-of-a-kind glass pumpkins made by local artists are selling fast from Mercer Island shop windows, raising money for the annual Mercer Island Youth and Family Services (MIYFS) fundraiser.

The decorative glass pumpkins, handcrafted by Islander Joni Johnson along with Ryan Blythe, Heath Connor and Sean Star, are currently on sale at locations across the Island including the Mercer Island Florist, Aljoya, and Au Courant.

"They're selling like hotcakes," said MIYFS Administrative Coordinator Kim Richards.

Last week, Richards dropped in to thank Aljoya Retirement Community Relations Director Molly Cole with one of the glass pumpkins with a small tag on it that stated: "You've have been Pumpkined."

Richards said MIYFS "pumpkined" key people in the Mercer Island community who are "movers and shakers" or who play an integral role with Mercer Island Youth & Family Services, including City Council member Tana Senn, School Board President Janet Frohnmayer, Lakeridge Elementary School Principal Fred Rundle, Mercer Island Community Fund President Cheryl Frizzell and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Terry Moreman.

Part of the proceeds from sales of the decorative glass pumpkins support MIYFS services. MIYFS makes professional and affordable human services available to all Island residents.

For additional information, including the location of all points of sale, contact MIYFS Administrative Coordinator, Kim Richards at 206-275-7611 or kimberly.richards@mercergov.org.

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