The teen-led “Creating a Happier Sammamish,” which took place Dec. 3 at the Sammamish Teen Center, centered around the question, “What is happiness?” Contributed photo.

Sammamish teens raise $800 for Hope Festival

  • Thursday, December 8, 2016 10:31am
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More than 60 people turned out for the event “Creating a Happier Sammamish,” which took place Dec. 3 at the Sammamish Teen Center.

The event, led by local teens, served as a fundraiser for the Hope Festival Foundation — a Sammamish nonprofit run by teens that serves homeless individuals and those in need across the Eastside. Nearly $800 was raised.

The event centered around the question, “What is happiness?” It featured a free showing of the movie “Happy,” followed by a panel discussion from community leaders on how to create a happier community. Panel speakers included Eastlake High School football coach and leadership teacher Don Bartel, Vietnam refugee Son Michael Pham and keynote speaker Jenni Butz.

Sammamish Mayor Don Gerend and City Councilmember Bob Keller were among those in attendance.

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