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Elaine Denslow and the Allstate Foundation Support Cycle the WAVE

Elaine Denslow Sheds Light on Financial Side of Domestic Violence

“It’s unacceptable!” said Seattle native and local business owner, Elaine Denslow. This is how she feels about the statistic that one in four women will be affected by domestic violence in her lifetime.

Elaine, the owner of The Denslow Agency for more than 20 years in Bellevue, is excited to turn her sentiment into concrete action during the tenth anniversary of Cycle the WAVE on Sept. 17.

You will find a #PurplePurse tassel in your goody bag. This clip-on tassel symbolizes your support for a world free of domestic violence. The reference to a purse or wallet is intentional: financial abuse occurs in 99% cases of domestic violence.

Elaine and fellow Good Hands volunteers will be hosting The Allstate Foundation booth at the finish line festival. Come and visit the booth so you can:

  • Write an encouragement card to a domestic violence survivor. These cards will be placed on beds in shelters (samples will be available for those looking for assistance with wordsmithing).
  • Try your skill at corn hole!  Toss the bean bags and if you show either skill or spirit, you are likely to win a prize!

“Camaraderie and community are both powerful, and they’re both antidotes to the isolation that often accompanies domestic violence,” said Elaine when asked what compelled her to get involved with Cycle the WAVE. Elaine is also a member of the Allstate Against Abuse Team – a growing network of Allstate professionals using education and volunteerism to end the cycle of domestic violence, one survivor at a time.

Look for Elaine at The Allstate Foundation booth on the 17th – she’ll be wearing a purple purse lapel pin. We recommend asking Elaine about what purple wardrobe items she owns to show her support for domestic violence awareness. One is sporty and the other is decidedly fancy!

The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse is the longest running national campaign focused on ending domestic violence through financial empowerment. In the state of Washington in 2016, The Allstate Foundation’s investment in domestic violence support was $183,000.

Meet John Duggan

John Duggan Cycling Attorney is known throughout the Puget Sound cycling community not only for his great legal work protecting the rights of cyclists but also for his water bottles.

John has given out almost 20,000 water bottles over the years to many organizations including The WAVE Foundation’s Cycle the WAVE.  He has been supporting our event for 10 years and has provided bottles that coordinate with our jersey designs since 2012.

The 2017 10th Anniversary John Duggan water bottle will NOT disappoint in how well it coordinates with the 2017 jersey.  Don’t delay registering for the ride or the walk to insure you are in the first 1,000 participants and receive this instant classic Cycle the WAVE water bottle.

For 2017 John has also signed on as our Beer & Wine Garden sponsor. By raising $150 dollars you will not only earn a free beverage in the Beer & Wine Garden but you will also go home with a commemorative pint glass or wine glass.

Key Bank supports The WAVE Foundation

Did you know….

For the second year in a row Key Bank has stepped up to to be a top level sponsor.  The Key Bank team is riding the WAVE again this year with their “Key for a Cure” Team. Supporting the local community has always been “key” to their success and is also the driving force in their innovative Key4Women program.

Key4Women® is a nationwide community of entrepreneurial and executive business women brought together by KeyBank to help them thrive. As a member of the Key4Women network women enjoy exclusive networking opportunities with other women who share a passion for business.

Key Bank is committed to championing women in business, with a fifty-year history of financing women-owned business. This philosophy flows from their top leadership, with CEO Beth Mooney serving as the first female chief executive of a top 20 bank. Join your peers in this unique women network; membership is free and available to businesswomen who bank with KeyBank.

Be sure to say a nice “Hello” if you spot the Key for a Cure team on the route and thank them for their support!

Like us on Facebook!

The WAVE Foundation raises awareness about the societal impact of relationship violence and sexual assault. We build community, and we fundraise to address the issue. We empower everyone, particularly youth and young adults, to recognize the warning signs of violence and to prevent its occurrence.

In the last 18 months, The WAVE Foundation has been experiencing an amazing level of growth and support for all our events and our Discover Your Power program. We hope you’ve noticed and are as excited as we are by the many ways we’re making an impact.

As a result of our growth, we are transitioning our Facebook messaging to more effectively communicate with you via our two Facebook pages.

The WAVE Foundation Facebook page will be where we post all things related to programming and the changing landscape of relationship and sexual violence awareness; this includes our Talk About It Tuesdays feature articles.

The Cycle and Walk the WAVE Facebook page will become primarily focused on the event, including articles specific to cycling and fitness.

Will we certainly continue cross posting between pages for certain topics that relate to both.

This evolution has begun, and we’d be grateful if you would take a minute to ‘like‘ and share The WAVE Foundation Facebook page.

As an added incentive, anyone who ‘likes’ The WAVE Foundation Facebook page between today and August 25 will be entered into a drawing to win a Bikerchick Necklace..

Did you know….

Since the first Cycle the WAVE in 2008 the finish line badge has been designed by Paula Randolph?

Paula has donated her artistic skills and time every year to create a charming memento for our riders.

In 2008 she not only designed the badge, but she handmade each and every one!  

2008 Lanyard

As the event has grown hand   making badges was no longer practical, but Paula’s creative designs have continued to impress. NEW for 2017 is the addition of a badge designed specifically for our Walk participants. Here’s a peek at this year’s finisher badges!

2017 Lanyard

    

Paula’s creative work is not limited to the great support she provides The WAVE Foundation; it also extends to educational items for young children. She has an educational book series and regularly contributes her educational programs on TeachersPayTeachers.com.

Thank you, Paula, for the years of supporting us and for all you do!