Kris & Erika's Charity Wedding Registry
Organized by: Erika Robillard
EVENT DATE Sep 26, 2014
Thanks so much for visiting our charity wedding registry! We wanted a way to honor two very important people who will be unable to attend our wedding in person, Kris’s father Stephen Wilhelme & Erika’s grandfather Roy Wenstone. These two men had incredible influence on both our lives and helped shape us into the people we are today. The money we raise will be split between the two organizations we have chosen. Here is a little bit about these two men and why we chose these two charities to honor them:
Kris & The American Heart Association:
People say that your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. August 7th, 1991 was the day that my parents were married, and the day that Stephen Wilhelme became my stepfather. I was excited to be a part of a new larger family with a new sister, new grandparents, new aunts and uncles, more cousins than I could count and eventually a baby brother. Looking back, it is easy to see that that day was not only special for my parents, but it was also the most important day of my life.
Not a day goes by that I don’t think about him. Even if we didn’t always agree on everything, I know that he always loved me and my family more than anything else. He was very active with both my brother and me while we were in Boy Scouts. It was there that he helped teach us the importance of volunteering, and helping people in need. I remember when he took my brother and me to deliver Christmas presents to less fortunate kids in our community. I remember instances when he would be the one person to pull over and help someone who was having car trouble on the freeway. There was another time that he helped save a cyclist who had crashed his bicycle on Highway 99.
I wish that I could be more like him; to be able to do the right thing at the right time. To not think, “Somebody will be along to help”, but instead say, “Here I am, how can I help?” That way, when the people that are always helping others are the ones that need help, they won’t ever have to look far.
Founded in 1924 by six cardiologists, the American Heart Association is the nation’s leader in CPR education and training. It has grown to now include over 22.5 million volunteers and supporters. They are the nation’s largest, oldest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke. CPR administered immediately following a heart-attack can nearly triple the victims survival rate. Although King County has the highest cardiac arrest survival rate in the world (62% in 2013), there is still room for improvement. The American Heart Association ensures that 75% of donations stay local which means your donation will stay here in the Puget Sound area to go towards CPR training. The more people who have this training, the more lives can be saved.
Erika & Norse Home:
My grandfather, who I always referred to as Papa, was a very important part of my life. Growing up, I had the privilege of spending each summer staying with my grandparents while I was out of school. Those summers are by far, my fondest childhood memories. He was truly the most patient man I have ever known; I never once heard him raise his voice and he never got angry about anything. His love for my grandmother was truly something to be envied, as was his love for his children & grandchildren. I am so thankful for all the years I was blessed to have him in my life and for all the influence he had in making me the person I am today. There is no greater honor or privilege I have had than being his granddaughter.
In 2011, my grandparents moved from their Ballard home of 34 years into Norse Home. For the year my grandfather lived there, the care and love he received from the staff was like nothing my family or I had ever experienced. The staff continues to take such great care of my grandmother and I know my grandfather would be so thankful for that!
Norse Home is a non-profit retirement and assisted living community founded in 1957 by the Scandinavian community of the Pacific Northwest. They provide affordable housing and assisted living services to meet the emotional, physical, and social needs of seniors. Norse home considers their residents to be family and no one is ever asked to leave for financial reasons. When residents outlive their savings—an increasingly common occurrence—the Resident Assistance Fund supplements Medicaid payments to ensure residents are able to maintain their apartments, security, dignity, and that Norse Home will continue to provide them a “home for life.” Half of the money we raise will go toward that Resident Assistant Fund.