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!

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!

 

 

Meet the artist behind the 2017 jersey design

Have you noticed Cycle the WAVE jerseys popping up at nearly every cycling event lately? We started offering ride jerseys in year two of our ride. As the ride has grown, so too have the jersey counts!

Each cycling season brings a fresh and exciting new jersey design. This year is no exception. To celebrate our 10th anniversary, our in house jersey team* called upon local artist, Julie Christensen Rackley after seeing her art featured on a public art piece in downtown Issaquah. Her cheerful, colorful and whimsical art turned our heads on a dreary day in February.

     

After tracking her down and exchanging a flurry of emails, Julie graciously allowed us to use her design on this year’s jersey, arm warmers, vest, shorts and bib shorts.

         

We sat down with Julie recently in her studio to learn a little more about her. While Julie has long been drawn to creative pursuits, she has been painting in earnest for the last 5 years. Julie enjoys putting together the natural world with the built world. Julie explores her subjects through the physical act in the creation of her pieces. She paints in a multi-media format drawing on nature for its wonder as inspiration. Julie also uses repetition and pattern in her pieces, which are layered with paint, pattern or paper media. Occasionally only a small portion of the original layers appear in the finished piece. Sometimes she will use a nearly complete work as a starting point for a new canvas. Past works have had twenty layers or more with each layer expressing something she needs to communicate to herself in her exploration of the subject. She would like her work to connect the viewer to the larger natural world around us and to make people happy.

As writers journal thoughts, so too do artists journal their ideas. Julie fills a journal each year with art that is fun and free form and not necessarily intended for future projects. Although, one of her journal entries was the inspiration for the public art piece that caught our eye.

Julie is familiar with the work we do and is very happy to support our ride this year. While she won’t be riding with us, she will have a booth at the end of the ride. Please stop by her booth for a visit after your ride, extra smiles for wearing your jersey!

Article provided by Deb Taylor, Val Davis (the terrific TWF Jersey design team) with assistance from Carol McFarland. Thank you ladies!