Posted August 11 2014, 9:58 AM PDT by Jill Jacobi Wood, OB Jacobi & Geoff Wood

August Perspectives: Summer Splash at Green Lake

Posted in Perspectives by Jill Jacobi Wood, OB Jacobi & Geoff Wood

There’s nothing quite like Seattle in August – it’s our favorite time of the year. That’s because you can usually count on blue skies, warm temperatures, and minimal rain, making it the ideal place to do just about anything outdoors. It’s also the time of year when families start getting ready to send their kids back to school. Sadly, for some kids, going back to school represents a time of stress because they don’t have something that most of us take for granted – a pair of shoes.

Studies show that when kids feel good about their appearance, it improves both their self-esteem and their performance in school. We think every child deserves to start the school year on the right foot, so with your help, we’re determined to make that happen.    



On August 16, in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation and the George Pocock Rowing Foundation, Windermere is hosting a free family event at Green Lake called the Windermere Summer Splash. This day-long event kicks off first thing in the morning with a Junior Rowing Race and Corporate Cup Regatta that will see some iconic Seattle companies face off. Other highlights include food vendors, live entertainment, giveaways, and a whole host of kid-friendly activities. And if you’re game, you and your kids can also try your hand at rowing, canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding.

What does all of this have to do with kids who need shoes? Well, in addition to celebrating summer fun and healthy activities for families, we’re holding a sneaker drive for low-income youth called “Kicks for Kids”. Bring a pair of new or gently used sneakers (kids sizes 1-9) to the event and our friends at Gentle Giant Moving Company will make sure they’re delivered to the King County Boys and Girls Club, and Mary’s Place, in time for the first day of school. Can’t make it to the Summer Splash? No problem. Just drop off the sneakers at any local Windermere office between now and August 15.

We hope to see you (and your kicks) next Saturday. For more information about the Windermere Summer Splash event, please visit