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Federal Way Rollermania raises nearly $10,000 for homeless shelters | Slideshow
Hundreds of roller skaters — and bystanders not so skilled on wheels — helped raise funds to benefit winter shelters for homeless men and women on Monday.
Reach Out’s third annual Rollermania was held at Pattison’s West Skating Center in Federal Way. Nancy Jaenicke, Reach Out program coordinator, said the organization is still processing the donations but they raised between $8,000-$10,000
The event was well-attended by elected city, county and state leaders; students from schools throughout the Federal Way school district; various church communities and non-profit organizations.
Former Olympic speed skater Joey Mantia and Federal Way native Lamar Neagle, who signed an extension with the Seattle Sounder FC this year, signed autographs during the event.
Reach Out, a program of Catholic Community Services of King County, provides shelter, daily meals and case management services to homeless adults at local Federal Way churches during the coldest winter months. The program relies on partnerships with area congregations, community organizations, businesses, as well as many caring individuals and families.
The program’s goal is to serve those in need by providing support to assist them in achieving self sufficiency.
Thanks to continued support from the community, the men’s shelter just completed its sixth winter season, and the women’s shelter its third winter season.
South King County will now have shelter for women for a seven-month period, with the addition of a women’s shelter in Kent that opened in October.
For more information about Reach Out, visit http://www.reachoutfederalway.org.
Special thanks to Bruce Honda for contributing some of the photos in the slideshow.