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There are still tickets available for our 7th Annual Literary Fundraiser Event!

Our 7th Annual Literary Fundraiser Event will take place at 6:30 pm on Friday, June 26, 2015 at Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. You won’t be disappointed by this evening featuring acclaimed Seattle author, Peter Mountford, while savoring wine and dinner prepared by local chefs.

Tickets are $60. Limited tickets go on sale to the general public on June 2nd (and will go fast!)

Stop by the LIFRC office to purchase tickets or call us at 468-4117.

About this year’s featured author:

Peter Mountford’s debut novel, A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), won the 2012 Washington State Book Award in fiction and was a finalist in the 2012 VCU Cabell First Novelist Prize. His second novel, The Dismal Science (2014, Tin House Books) was named a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Since graduating from the University of Washington’s MFA program in 2006, Peter’s work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, Granta, Best New American Voices 2008, Conjunctions, Salon, Southern Review, Slate, and Boston Review, where he won second place in the 2007 contest judged by George Saunders. He’s currently the events curator at Hugo House, Seattle’s writing center, where he also teaches.

According to The Seattle Times:, “Debut novels don’t come much savvier, punchier, or more entertaining…the work of an extraordinary talent.” 

The New York Times Book Review stated, “Peter Mountford’s fierce imagination and intelligence drive The Dismal Science. D’Orsi is a mesmerizing character. His wrecking-ball choices and the truth that there are no easy answers make him utterly human.”

To learn more about Peter, please visit

Peter Mountford - Photo Courtesy of Sarah Samudre

Peter Mountford – Photo Courtesy of Sarah Samudre

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Executive Director Celia Marquis retiring, additional staff changes

Dear Friends,

As you may have heard the Lopez Island Family Resource Center is going through some changes. I have had the honor of serving as the Executive Director for over fourteen years. It has been a time of great personal growth. I have had the opportunity to watch the organization grow and flourish becoming an integral part of the Lopez Island Community.  It has been so rewarding to work with such a dedicated staff and board. Since our inception in 1997 with a small state Readiness to Learn grant, our organization has expanded to include many programs: family support, mentoring, summer workshops, employment and life skills, ELL classes, primary intervention (PIP), technology lab and more. The collaborations we have had with the Lopez school, library, churches and many island organizations have been essential to our success.

I will be stepping down as Executive Director on June 30.  Patty Bean, who has been our assistant director, will be taking on the role of Interim Director.  I will be working as development director until our new Executive Director starts on September 15th.  Stephanie Froning who has been working at the LIFRC will also be leaving.  She has worked tirelessly as a family advocate over the last seven years. Heather Gladstone, who was our AmeriCorps intern last year, will be taking her place. Heather will also be our Primary Intervention coordinator because Susie Teague will be leaving.  Our current AmeriCorps intern, Alaya Battalia, who grew up on Lopez, will join our staff when her AmeriCorps position ends in August.  Patsy Haber will continue as program Coordinator and as the Mentor Coordinator and Contessa Downey will continue helping with Family Support.

It is an exciting time for the LIFRC; a time of new opportunities.  We have a strong board that is committed to strengthening the organization and supporting the transition.

Thank you all for your support over the years.


Celia Marquis


GiveBIG event on May 5th was a Success!

Thank you to all who participated in the GiveBig campaign on May 5th. Your donations to the LIFRC will be partially matched by the Seattle Foundation.


You can read more about the GiveBig event below and watch for this annual event to return again next year.



GiveBIG to the Lopez Island Family Resource Center during the Seattle Foundation’s one day online GiveBIG campaign and have your donation partially matched.

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“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” ~ Helen Keller


WHAT is GiveBig? It is a one-day, online giving event sponsored by the Seattle Foundation and its partners, to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations in the Puget Sound area.

WHEN is it? Tuesday, May 5 from midnight to midnight, Pacific Time.

WHY should I give? Every contribution designated to the Lopez Island Family Resource Center will be increased by funds provided by The Seattle Foundation and GiveBIG sponsors.

WHO can give today? Anyone with online access and wants to make our region a stronger, more vibrant community for all.

HOW do I give? You will need a credit card to be able to donate online. The Seattle Foundation does not collect fees or donor information from contributions so that the nonprofit organizations receive the maximum benefit.

BONUS!! Throughout GiveBIG, donors will be chosen at random from all donations made up to the time of the drawing. The winner will have an additional $1,000 given in their name to the same charity that received their donation. The winner will also receive a $100 gift card, courtesy of Starbucks!

Please call us if you have any questions: (360) 468-4117.

We appreciate your support.

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