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A Moment of Gratitude for the Market

Posted November 19, 2021

This is our month of gratitude, where we will honor some of the incredible members of our Market community! Join us in the coming weeks as we celebrate our social service partners, donors, volunteers, and other friends who make the Market special!


The City of Seattle has proclaimed November 2, 2021 to be “Let’s Keep the Market” Day! We salute the Friends of the Market who for seven years marched the picket lines, collected tens of thousands of signatures, and mounted an initiative campaign to save Pike Place Market from the wrecking ball in 1971. THANK YOU, Seattle for voting 50 years ago to Keep Pike Place Market!

Thank you also to our sponsors of the 50th Anniversary: Amazon.com, Delta Air Lines, KOMO News, Kiterocket, Downtown Seattle Association, Harborstone Credit Union, and Pacifica Law Group LLP!


Not only is this year the 50th Anniversary of Saving Pike Place Market, it’s also the 50th Anniversary for one of our greatest supporters, Starbucks!

From being our very first Sunset Supper community partner, to volunteering at all Anniversary events and consistently supporting social services in the market, Starbucks continues to be a longtime supporter and advocate of the Market community.

We thank all of our friends at Starbucks for their generosity, and “cheers” to the next 50 years!


If you’re visiting Pike Place Market this weekend, be sure to stop by the Secret Garden… The Seattle Times listed it as one of the Market’s “hidden-gem attractions”! The Secret Garden is volunteer-run, and all produce is donated to the Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank.

In normal times, the garden also provides opportunities for the Market’s senior residents and preschoolers at Pike Market Child Care and Preschool to tend to the garden together as an intergenerational community. Thank you to all of our staff, volunteers, and partners who make this a special place to learn and grow!


We are so thankful for Pike Market Child Care and Preschool! Their team has continued to provide safe, quality care for children and families, despite the challenges of an ongoing pandemic.


We are sending lots of appreciation to the incredible staff at Heritage House!

Their amazing team not only provides compassionate year round care to senior residents living at the facility right here in the heart of Pike Place Market, but over the past year and a half, they’ve had to go above and beyond to keep their community safe. Through continued safety measures, one-on-one care, safe social activities, and lots and lots of testing, they have been able to remain COVID free.

Thanks to Heritage House for all they do!


We want to share a moment of gratitude with the team behind Pike Place Market’s day-to-day operations: the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority, or the PDA for short!

We are especially grateful to the PDA Marketing Team, who have been incredible partners during the 50th Anniversary of Saving the Market celebrations. They worked tirelessly to manage the filming of the documentary to throwing an incredible festival and press conference to honor the Friends of the Market and everyone who makes the Market the “Soul of Seattle”.


November 13 is Transgender Awareness Week!

Did you know that nearly 50% of trans patients report having to teach their medical providers about transgender care? The trans community has a right to comprehensive medical care from skilled and sensitive healthcare providers.

That’s why our legacy partner Neighborcare Health provides comprehensive gender-affirming care and referrals to trans and gender non-conforming patients in the downtown area. Neighborcare clinics also provide access to behavioral and mental health care teams with experience supporting TGNB (Transgender and Gender Non-binary) patients, as well as social services and information about community resources.

Thank you Neighborcare for working to provide inclusive, equitable healthcare to our neighbors in the Market!


We want to share our gratitude for Kiterocket, our PR partners who help spread the word about the incredible things happening in our Market community!

The Kiterocket team have been fantastic partners all year long: you probably most recently saw the extensive media coverage they secured around the 50th Anniversary of Saving Pike Place Market.

The squad is pictured here, we were so excited that they visited the Market during their team retreat last week! Thanks Kiterocket for all that you do.


We are SO grateful for our incredible volunteers! From the fearless Sunset Supper team who pulled off the first fully-vaccinated large-scale event in Seattle, to our friends at Starbucks who staffed all of our 50th Anniversary events, our fearless office volunteers, and everyone in between. The Market Foundation couldn’t do the work that we do without your support. Thank you for your time and talents!


The Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank have been non-stop in their efforts to bring nutritious food to the broader Downtown community!

Did You Know? The Pike Market Food Bank is delivering groceries to 372 households! Home deliveries increased 300% last year, helping our most-vulnerable neighbors access a variety of delicious grocery items while staying safe and healthy at home.

We thank the entire Food Bank team for helping foster food security and keep our community strong.


We love our Board of Directors! This dedicated group gives so much of their time and talents, advocating and caring for the Market community to ensure we KEEP the ‘Soul of Seattle’ strong! We are grateful to know such compassionate and talented leaders.
Here’s the team pictured at our virtual board meeting last week. Read more about our amazing board members here.

During this time of gratitude, we celebrate all of YOU who give generously, shop intentionally, and love the Market whole-heartedly to make it “The Soul of Seattle”. Your support helps nurture the health of our Market community and keep the Market STRONG!


We are sending so much love and gratitude to the incredible team at The Market Commons!
These four amazing folks work day in and day out to serve the needs of our community, continuing to offer limited in-person appointments and resource navigation for our neighborhood. They are always there to lend a helping hand or listening ear.
Thank you to our amazing staff!

We are grateful for Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank, who spent this week working hard and collaborating with the residential team at the PDA to deliver Thanksgiving meals to senior residents in the Market!
Since March 2020, the Senior Center has expanded its meal program to three meals a day, while maintaining consistent access to meals for seniors during the pandemic. Last year, they served over 1,000 senior clients!
Learn more about the Senior Center’s incredible work and robust social services program in this new article from Real Change News.

 This Giving Tuesday, we are thankful for our incredible Market Merchant Supporters, like Carlee Hollenbeck at Pure Food Fish Market. Carlee’s family has been selling fine seafood in Pike Place Market since 1911, making Pure Food Fish Market legendary in the Market community.  “The Market is family – it’s always been my second home,” reminisces Carlee. “This stall – this is my grandpa, my great grandpa – this is my family. Now it’s my job to carry it on to the next generation.”

Her grandpa Solly was the first Market merchant to support the Market Foundation nearly 40 years ago, and the whole Amon family has been loyal and generous supporters ever since. After Solly passed away in October, Carlee continues to honor her grandpa by giving generously to support the social service agencies of the Market. “My grandpa made his mark in the Market community, and I want to do the same to carry on his legacy,” said Carlee. “Supporting this community is everything – it’s what keeps the Market going. It’s really important for the merchants to give back to the community.”


This Giving Tuesday, meet one of our Market Merchant Supporters: Kim Ramirez! Owner of daystall craft business Saisei Apparel, Kim has really stepped up for her community this year.

She created a Facebook fundraiser for the Market Foundation on her birthday, raising hundreds of dollars. She’s been an avid participant in our monthly Merchant Roundtable meetings, adding valuable input and ideas to our community discussions.

She was one of our first crafters to sell at Sunset Supper this year and donated many prizes to the prize wheel for the event. And, if that wasn’t enough, she and a friend volunteered that same day to act as street monitors to help the event smoothly. In fact, she’s been volunteering throughout the year whenever the opportunity arises.

This community thrives because of efforts like Kim’s. We feel so grateful to partner with her in keeping Pike Place Market healthy and strong.


We want to give a great big shoutout to our friends at Chukar Cherries, who have given back to the Market community this year, despite the ongoing challenges of the past year and a half.

“We’re part of the Market, and we’re a community,” said founder and CEO Pam Montgomery. “I saw how resilient the Market was to fight back and fight for renewal during the pandemic. We were so supported by the Market organizations themselves – it’s real leadership.” Chukar Cherries is donating a portion of sales from every one of their delicious Seattle Souvenir Boxes is donated back to support the ongoing recovery of the Market!

“We wanted to find an ongoing, consistent way to give to the Market Foundation and Market community,” said Pam. “We were inspired by other merchants’ efforts to give back this year. We are one of many that is finding ways to give back and support this incredible community.”

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