Proudly honoring those who support us in our mission.

National Assistance League® 
Operation School Bell® Award




Accepting the award from Karin Janik, OSB Co-Chair, is Ursula Heenan, the Managing Broker of Windermere Real Estate East, on behalf of the Windermere Foundation











Accepting the award from Karin Janik, OSB Co-Chair, is Jaimie Holland, Development Director of the Lake Washington Schools Foundation, on behalf of their Executive Director, Katy Phillips.













Susie, Mike and Katie Beck – The Beck Real Estate Group

The National Assistance League Operation School Bell Award is given to honor those in the community who, through significant financial, in-kind, or service support, have had a direct, powerful, and positive effect on Operation School Bell, warranting recognition from National Assistance League.



We are delighted to announce that the prestigious National Assistance League Operation School Bell® award for 2023-2024 was presented to the Windermere Foundation at our recent “Roaring Through the ’20s” Dinner/Auction. Ursula Heenan, the Managing Broker at Windermere Real Estate East, accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation.
Ursula contacts our Grantwriting team each year to get more information about the unmet needs of the students in the Bellevue, Northshore and Lake Washington school districts we serve — how needs have changed due to the after-effects of COVID, high inflation, the job market, and the rising cost of living on the Eastside. Ursula then presents this information to the agents in her Kirkland office who choose which non-profits to support.
The Windermere Foundation is a valued community partner and has supported the critical work of our chapter in the community with over $450,000 since 1999. With their donations, we have been able to gift Fred Meyer vouchers of $150 to thousands of local families for the purchase of school clothes, books, school supplies, medications & groceries.  We so appreciate the Foundation’s dedication to making a difference for those families in need in our community due to economic issues. We look forward to the continued support of the Windermere Foundation in the future!


The Lake Washington Schools Foundation donated two significant amounts so that more students could be served by Operation School Bell. In the spring. The Foundation received a $10,000 parent donation to help more students from low-income families in the LWSD.  Rather than create another program, they reached out to us and became our partner to serve additional students by donating this $10,000 so more students could be served by Operation School Bell.

A few months later, the district found they had more students with significant need on the OSB program waitlist than we could serve. In response.  LWSF donated $4,500 for these 30 students to receive an OSB voucher.  This is our first year of partnership with the Foundation, and we look forward to many years of supporting and helping each other for the direct benefit of the students in the Lake Washington School District.  We appreciate their donations totaling $14,500 this year which provided for 97 additional students with vouchers to shop for clothing, food, school supplies or medicine at their local Fred Meyer store. We share in the fundamental belief that when basic needs are met, students flourish.


2018-2019 – The Beck Real Estate Group

Susie, Mike, and Katie Beck and The Beck Real Estate Group are donors who exemplify the award criteria. Each has been a longtime supporter of Assistance League of the Eastside and Operation School Bell. By contributing their time, talent, and treasure, they have enabled so many children to wake up eager to put on their new school clothes and feel ready and perhaps even eager to go to school.

Susie Beck has worked tirelessly with Assistance League of the Eastside for twenty years, serving as president (2001-2002 & 2020-2021), chair of our Operation School Bell committee, and chair of the first fundraising auction, as well as volunteering her time with all four of our organization’s philanthropic programs and at fundraising events.

Mike Beck has been a community volunteer with Assistance League of the Eastside for more than fifteen years, helping at many Operation School Bell nights and serving as emcee at fundraising events. Before joining the Beck Real Estate Group, Katie Beck was a schoolteacher who saw firsthand families in crisis and the effect it can have on a child’s self-esteem and school experience. Katie has volunteered at Operation School Bell nights and at Assistance League of the Eastside events.

The Beck Real Estate Group is also a longtime supporter of the Assistance League of the Eastside. Since 1999, the group’s financial donations and event sponsorships have totaled more than $40,000.

“I put my time, energy, and financial resources into Assistance League of the Eastside because they are at work in my community,” said Susie Beck. “Partnering with ALE allows me to extend my reach. It is an all-volunteer organization that dispenses hope to thousands every year. They are excellent stewards of the money they raise and return a stellar percentage of every dollar to the people they serve.”

Assistance League of the Eastside is very grateful for the generous support of the Beck family and The Beck Real Estate Group.

The Caring and Commitment Award is presented to an individual, group, or business that has provided outstanding service or financial support to Operation School Bell in our community.

For many years Fred Meyer/Kroger Corporation has partnered with Assistance League of the Eastside to provide new school clothes to students in need attending schools in the Bellevue, Lake Washington, and Northshore school districts. Mr. Roy Villalon, the apparel manager at the Redmond Fred Meyer store, has worked enthusiastically alongside us and our community volunteers so that our Operation School Bell shopping nights run smoothly. Roy offers us the support of his staff, helps train our shopping assistants, troubleshoots when necessary, and warmly welcomes our members, community volunteers and, especially, the students and families that we serve. And he is always eager to improve the shopping event, asking, “What could we have done better? How can I improve this experience?”

Thank you, Roy Villalon, for your caring and commitment to Operation School Bell and to children in need in our community.

Caring and Commitment Award

Roy Villalon, Apparel Manager at Fred Meyer Redmond with his wife.

Past Award Recipients

National Assistance League
Operation School Bell Award

Martha Gibson Family 2017-2018

Bob Clough, Social Impact Software 2016-2017

Rubens Family Foundation 2014-2015

Lake Washington School District 2013-2014

SNC-Lavalin 2012-2013

Eastside Community Aid Thrift Store 2011-2012

The Wockner Foundation 2010-2011

The Windermere Foundation 2009-2010

David Hannah, Infiniti of Kirkland 2008-2009

Doug Sjolund, Fabri Fine Jewelry 2007-2008

Mark DiRe, DDS 2006-2007

Fred Meyer Corporation 2004-2005

Jay Bergevin, Valley Furniture and Interiors 2003-2004

Compact Information Systems 2002-2003

The Windermere Foundation 2001-2002

Caring and Commitment Award

Advisers from the Lake Washington, Bellevue, and Northshore School Districts 2005-2006

Assistance League of the Eastside
Community Star Award

Reffett Associates 2015-2016