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Lenny Wilkens: A Champion for Odessa Brown

Lenny Wilkens: A Champion for Odessa Brown

Credit: Lenny Wilkens Foundation

by Betsy Robertson, KING 5 Manager of Community Relations

KING5.com

Posted on July 16, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 20 at 1:53 PM

On August 6-7th, several hundred philanthropic minded individuals from around the northwest will gather to raise money at the Lenny Wilkens Foundation Celebrity Classic.  It's an event the anchors, reporters and managers of KING 5 look forward to attending each summer and 2010 will be no different.   
As you can imagine, Lenny Wilkens has a few "All Stars" to add to the guest list.  Last year my husband was particularly excited to see Gus Williams, another former Super Sonic and member of the 1979 Championship team.  (Honey, I promise to take a better photo this year!)
Celebrities aside, it's the Odessa Brown Children's Clinic that gets to be the star of the event.  More than 30 years ago, while Lenny was coaching that championship team, he was introduced to Odessa Brown and the incredible work they do in the community.
Since then, Lenny and now the Lenny Wilkens Foundation have contributed more than $2.5 million dollars to the cause.  It's money that will make sure children in our community get the treatment they need.
Located in the heart of Seattle's Central District, Odessa Brown "provides medical, dental and mental health care under one roof to all families regardless of their ability to pay."  And the care those families receive is second to none.  
The Odessa Brown Children's Clinic is a community clinic of Seattle Children's Hospital and benefits from their knowledge and resources. 

But the ability to serve the people who are under-insured or without insurance altogether?  That comes from a deep relationship with people like Lenny Wilkens and the people who will join him that Friday and Saturday night.
 

Not everyone can attend a gala - but everyone can get involved in some small way to support the betterment of their community.

Here are two links that may help get you started:
http://www.lennywilkensfoundation.org/
http://www.odessabrown.org/

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