Name & Foundation Position:

Brian Williams, SYL Washington Executive Director

Contribution to the Foundation:

I believe that my biggest contribution to the foundation is the ability to connect our local community resources and leaders to the families that need assistance. Our “Seeds of Hope” program strongly relies on local businesses and community leaders to fundraise for the funding of this aspect of the foundation. Getting the word out via social media, public events, and meeting people face to face is something I enjoy doing and exposing more people to our story.

Strengths You Add to the Board:

I have been involved in fundraising and event planning since 1999. I am usually fairly organized and structured from a business perspective, yet progressive and fun when thinking about different ways that we can raise funds to help families, or to support our scholarship program. This Foundation has unlimited potential as long as we have the faith to believe and allow great things to happen. I was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the South Puget Sound Leadership Institute in 2015 and the Community Person of the Year award from the Auburn Reporter in 2016.

Most Important Aspect of the ‘See Ya Later’ Foundation:

This is perhaps the easiest question of all. It is “HOPE”. The Foundation strives to provide hope. Whether it be to a family in medical crisis, or a young adult receiving a scholarship, or a child enjoying the experience at a sports camp, our staff strives to provide hope and encouragement to each and every person we come across. There is no better reward than to see people smile when they recognize that there are people willing to support them and give them hope, no matter what and with no strings attached.

Why Did You Get Involved with the ‘See Ya Later’ Foundation:

Scotty was an impact maker in the lives of thousands of people, young and old. While he left this world way too soon, his legacy continues to make a difference to thousands of people each year and it is still growing! Scotty’s life, and his passion to help others, is an inspiration that motivates me on a daily basis. It is never too hard to be kind, show empathy, or help others in need.   I take great honor in having the time and ability to continue to pay Scotty’s legacy forward.

Most Memorable ‘See Ya Later’ Moment:

There are just too many to list. However, I am constantly blown away at the support we receive during the “fund-a-need” at our auction events. It is humbling to have friends, family and guests reach into their pockets and support the mission of See Ya Later year after year.

Where Do You See the Foundation In 5 Years:

COVID has changed the face of fundraising and the way resources are distributed across many spectrums making it more difficult for smaller non-profits to stand out. We are a grass roots organization that will continue to network with our local donors and sponsors to fill a need. We are the only non-profit organization in the area that provides both a Seeds of Hope Program for families in a medical crisis, as well as a Scholarship Program to motivate and inspire our local youth to become fellow impact makers in the community. I would expect that as we reach more local businesses and share our mission with them, that we will actually expand our reach and assist more families and students than we ever have before!

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