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Mary Bridge Children's Foundation honors two girls and a gardener
By Kathleen Merryman, The News Tribune
Mary Bridge Children's Foundation hosted the first of the Festival of Trees parties, the Bridge Builders Luncheon. They honored the usual champions of monetary and medical support: Abbott Construction, Ben B. Cheney Foundation, Washington Fraternal Order of Eagles, Dr. Martha McCravey and hospital stalwart Karen Lynch.
Then the foundation honored extraordinary contributions made by people who are light on fortune and heavy on challenge: two girls and a gardener.
Melissa Wells, 11, a sixth-grader at Stewart Middle School, turned a penny drive into a check for $1,100.
Andrina McDonald, 13, a student at Meeker Middle School, turned a disability into an opportunity to put other young patients at ease.
Sheldon Arkin, 60, is MultiCare horticulturist and landscape designer – he’s everywhere, doing good. Like Melissa and Andrina, he takes the intimidation out of stepping beyond the ordinary and creating something epic.
Read the full column by Kathleen Merryman at The News Tribune.
Posted on Dec 6, 2010 in