The SKWC Family Contributes to Local Community & Worldwide Causes
The SKWC family believes in giving back to the community and the world. They show this through their actions and their ongoing generous support. Through the years, our attorneys, staff, spouses, and children have found much joy in contributing to causes near and far.
This section is devoted to sharing a little bit about our involvement. By doing so, we hope to encourage your contributions to these organizations.
Paint the Corridor Project: Stritmatter shows love for Grays Harbor through sweat and smiles
Lynn Kessler, Keith Kessler’s wife, was recognized this past year as the National Legislator of the Year (Excellence in Legislative Leadership) by the National Council of State Legislatures. Additionally, Ms. Kessler was recognized as one of the top 100 legislators in the nation.
In early 2010, Ms. Kessler announced her retirement, telling House members that she would not run for re-election in the fall. As one of WA Legislature's top lawmakers, she has been in the Legislature for 18 years and served in the majority leadership team for about a decade. As a majority leader, Kessler was the second-ranking Democrat in the state House.
Ms. Kessler has been a leader on open government issues in the Legislature. She served on the state's "Sunshine Committee," examining state open-government policies.
The Spinal Cord Injury Association of Washington (SCIAW) is a new nonprofit organization partnered with the world-renowned Reeve Foundation. SCIAW serves as a critical resource for all who are impacted by spinal cord injuries in this state. SKWC partner, Karen Koehler, is the visionary, founder, and board member of SCIAW.
Below are some photos taken from a recent event, the first Seattle-hosted Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Roadshow.
Ms. Kessler just received the Daily World Citizen of the Year Award, and was honored by the entire Grays Harbor Community.
Margie Duckstad* is an active supporter and board member of Water 1st International, a Seattle-based NGO that helps implement water and sanitation projects in Bangladesh, India, Honduras and Ethiopia (www.water1st.org).
Margie Duckstad* volunteers as a member of the Seattle Milk Fund, a non-profit organization that provides temporary emergency assistance, educational aid and child care grants in the Seattle area (www.seattlemilkfund.org).
Kathryn Whelan is a Member of the Jack and Colleen Ryan Guild at Children's Hospital, which raises money for the uncompensated care fund.
Ray Kahler has been the president of the 7th Street board for 7 years. His history of involvement at 7th Street is listed below.
- 7th Street Theatre Association: 1997 to present
- Secretary, 2002-2004
- President, 2004 to present
Ray Kahler also chair the theatre’s Live Arts committee. He has overseen several major restoration projects, including the replacement of the stage rigging and restoration of the auditorium, as well as helping with grant writing, volunteering at events, and volunteering for various work projects. Ray’s wife, Callie, has also volunteered at events and hosted the annual Young Artist Showcase concert.
Kathryn Whelan is an active parent at Garfield High School. She is involved with their PTSA and co-chaired the Silent Auction, which recently raised $175,000 for the school. This was the best auction Garfield has had in the 8 years they have had the auctions.
Kathryn and Paul Whelan are Treehouse supporters
Anne's African Adventures
Once a year, Anne spends her entire vacation volunteering at animal rescue camps in different parts of Africa. She’s worked with lions, elephants, rhinos, and anything else that eats a lot and poops.
Karen Koehler’s Daughters
In high school she was team captain for Relay for Life, was president of the Invisible Children’s Club (Uganda), and president of the Children’s Hospital guild for her school. At the University of Washington, she created the school’s Children’s Hospital club and was its president the first year. Read about it here.
In high school she has been team captain for Relay for Life and president of the Invisible Children’s Club. In 2011 she went with her church to an orphanage in Bolivia where she worked with the children and helped with community improvement projects.