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A Seahawk Returns to His Nest

Last week, Kirkland resident Ele Pramuk had a very special visitor: her grandson, Stephen Schilling. He was a very special visitor for the rest of Kirkland too, since most Seattleites know him as #63 for the Seattle Seahawks. During his visit, Stephen met with his grandma’s fellow residents and friends, signing autographs and discussing life in the NFL.

Stephen with Grandma Ele and mom Joanne

Stephen with Grandma Ele and mom Joanne

A Bellevue High School grad who was drafted to the San Diego Chargers in 2011, Stephen has returned home to play for the Seattle Seahawks this past year. At 6’5” and 312 pounds, Stephen stands a little taller than Grandma Ele, who is listed at quite a bit less on the Kirkland Wii bowling roster. Nonetheless, she is known as a fierce competitor just like her grandson!

Stephen’s mother, Joanne Schilling, joined him during the exciting Kirkland visit. It was the perfect 12th Man celebration in preparation for the Thanksgiving win over the San Francisco 49ers!

Stephen meeting Kirkland residents and Seahawks fans

Stephen meeting Kirkland residents and Seahawks fans

Stephen meeting Kirkland residents and Seahawks fans

Stephen meeting Kirkland residents and Seahawks fans

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Kirkland Takes Ice Bucket Challenge to a Whole New Level

You’ve probably seen a lot of ALS Ice Bucket challenges in the last few weeks. But have you seen many that involve Oscar-worth acting, stunts, props and an international challenge at the end?

Well, we’d like to present Stuart “Steven Spielberg” Ostfeldt and his team from Merrill Gardens Kirkland. Not satisfied with simply dumping a bucket of ice water, Stuart brings us one of the top videos we’ve seen so far. Nice work everyone. That’s a wrap.

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Support Our Troops Week Smashes Record!

Our annual Support Our Troops week was a great success. Our 56 communities nationwide helped us raise an enormous amount of money for the USO.

We want to congratulate our community teams for coming together to support the USO. This year was our biggest year yet with a total contribution of $66,000! The past two years we raised $50,000, bringing our grand total for all three years to $166,000. This is a significant contribution and the folks at the USO are deeply grateful.

While all communities did a great job raising money, we want to recognize a few who went above and beyond.

The top money raiser was Green Valley Ranch, bringing in a whopping $6,484!

Kirkland was not far behind with $6,115, followed by Admiral Heights with $4,008, University with $3,129, Canyon Lakes with $2,605 and Fremont with $2,520.

Congratulations to these communities for their wildly successful events. We are so proud of all of our communities, staff, and friends. Thank you everyone who donated to the USO this year.

We can’t wait until next year!

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Holiday Toy Drive to Benefit KITH

Our Merrill Gardens at Kirkland Community is partnering in a Holiday Toy Drive with KITH, a local, non-profit neighborhood organization that has been providing transitional and long-term housing for Eastside families in need for over 20 years.

For more information about how to participate please read this article.

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