June 13, 2019

Word has spread around here that we raised $100,000 at last weekend’s Swamp Bottom Jamboree. You should see the smiles this news brings to the faces of residents and staff alike. Just to know people care so much about VCC–and that one anonymous donor put up a $50,000 matching gift to get us to the final number–is inspiring. Many thanks to those of you who came.

Six of our residents made it to the event, thanks to dedicated staff–Mary Boerst, Sheri Konvalin and Jay Hanson–who took extra shifts or volunteered time to get our senior guests there and ensure they were comfortable and happy for as long they wanted to stay. According to Sheri, our activities director, “The residents were thrilled to see all that love pour out for VCC!”

A special shout out to Island musician Chuck Roehm who stayed under the tent during the roving performance to play original songs for residents who could not walk the trails;
our sponsors–Sawbones, Thriftway, John L Scott, Visiting Angels, Windermere, Ace Hardware, OCCU and The Hardware Store Restaurant– who paid for the event so that all proceeds go straight to VCC; the Vashon Maury Island Land Trust’s Matsuda Farm who donated all the produce for the appetizers; VCC’s chef Bernard Moises who made all the appetizers; and Steffon Moody and the Swamp Bottom performers who created an evening like no other.  It’s people and organizations like these that make Vashon so special.

The money will go toward starting construction on a new memory care facility. I will keep you updated as plans unfold, and I’ll send a link to event photos once they’re available.

As always, I welcome your thoughts and comments about Swamp Bottom or anything else related to VCC.

With gratitude for our residents and our community,


Anne Atwell is the community relations and development director at VCC. A Vashonite for 20 years, Anne is proud to say that her first non-profit volunteer board experience was on that of the Vashon Community Care Center way back in the late 90’s. She is so pleased to be coming full circle to work again for VCC and its wonderful residents.