TCF Wenatchee Valley

Chapter’s 4th Annual


September 19, 2015

Walla Walla Point Park, Wenatchee


This was an absolultely beautiful event!  We had over 125 people (from as far as North Dakota, Federal Way and a large group from Moses Lake) who came together as a new family, and it was very heartwarming. 

The day was not sunny, but very pleasant – pleasant enough that we actually ran out of short sleeved memorial t-shirts.  The wind was still and the beautiful Columbia River was a joy to walk along.

 After our opening ceremony we took a gentle walk through the beautiful archway to the tune of “Silver Hills” (written by a 9 year old boy from Canada) and Highland Cathedral played by bagpipes, and it just filled our hearts with purpose and calmness.  We returned to select a balloon of a color that our child would enjoy and wrote a special, personal message on the balloon.  We gathered on the open lawn and with absolute non-precision as a group, we released our balloons and could not take our eyes off of them until they disappeared “way up there.”  They ascended together – it was amazing.  Be sure to browse through the picture gallery below.

 We enjoyed our catered lunch, and actually ran out of food since we had so many people with us.  Then we relaxed to enjoy the raffle, including the grand prize of the beautifully hand-crafted quilt won by a special member of our Compassionate Friends Family and finally said good-bye to our new friends.  What a Day! 

 We would like to thank all of our sponsors who graciously sent us a check or a raffle item to support our Walk – you will find their names listed below.  If you happen to be doing some business with them, be sure to let them know that you are a member of this group and appreciate their support. 

 This was an event to honor all of our children, no matter what age or from what cause, and to give HOPE to our families and friends that:


We need not walk alone!

We are The Compassionate Friends.





2015 Walk To Remember




Allstate - Brad Huddle Agency                                    Rev. Michael Sean McNiel  

Applebees                                                                Jeff Koski

Apple Valley Honda                                                   Liberty Orchards

Bent Nail– kNotpUrfect                                              LocalTel              

Boy Scouts of America – Troop 89                              Mills Brothers                            

        East Wenatchee                                                Anita Parsons

       And our Scout Moms & Dads                               Pheasant Ridge Orchard                                     

Cascade Auto Center                                                 PUD No. 1 of Chelan County

Cashmere Valley Bank                                                     Parks Department

Columbia Valley Community                                       Red Robin

        Health                                                              Reflections Hair & Nail Artists             

Chaplain Scott Langager                                            Quick Signs

Central Washington Hospital                                      Safeway - Wenatchee

Eastmont Kiwanis Club                                              Sangster Motors Inc                               

Encouraging Words                                                   SavMart

Eric & Ronica Dayley                                                 Shari’s Restaurant & Pies                       

Entiat Food Center                                                    Susan Stolsiz

       Renee Swearingen                                              Starbucks - East Wenatchee                 

FreeSun Computer Consulting                                    State Farm – Tom Clark

Glaze Bakery                                                            Telford’s Chapel of the Valley             

Grace Lutheran Church                                              Town Toyota
Grocery Outlet                                                          Trinity United Methodist Church

Heritage Memorial Chapel                                              Youth Group   

Historical Society Thrift Shop                                     Van Well Nursery                                 

IWA Sushi & Grill                                                      WalMart – Moses Lake

Icicle River Company                                                Private Donors                                       

Debra Jay                                                                Steering Committee

Randy & Maria Johnston                                            Ed & Allison Womack