As we reflect on all the things we’re grateful for, Giving Tuesday is a day to give back to the causes and communities we love. 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.”
YOU can join Carlee and kick off your season of giving today with a gift to support the vital network services in the Market for residents, workers and neighbors throughout downtown. Thanks to our Market Merchant Matching Pool, donations of up to $100,000 will be matched – effectively DOUBLING the amount you’re giving today!
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.
You can join Kim in contributing to the Market community! During a year when small businesses have struggled, our merchants have collectively donated a record-level of giving of $100,000 to match all donations today on Giving Tuesday. Donate today and your gift will be effectively DOUBLED!
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.”
There is still time to join Chukar Cherries in helping ensure every member of our community is happy and healthy for the holidays! Support the vital network of housing and services in the Market this Giving Tuesday, and your gift will DOUBLE thanks to a $100,000 Matching Gift Pool created by our Market Merchants!