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Wed. 04/17/24
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes Returns to Tacoma to Host Together in Tandem Dinner & Auction Supporting Local Individuals Who are Blind and Visually Impaired (Photo)
Northwest Assn. for Blind Athletes - 04/17/24 12:02 PM
Event guests during live auction at last year's event in Tacoma.
Event guests during live auction at last year's event in Tacoma.

Tacoma, Washington — April 17, 2024 — Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) will be hosting its 2nd annual Puget Sound area dinner and auction on Saturday, April 20th at the Marriott Downtown Tacoma (1538 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402). This event will support ongoing programs and services for children, youth, adults and veterans living in the Puget Sound area who are blind and visually impaired. 

NWABA’s programs offers opportunities, through sports and physical activity, to individuals with visual impairments allowing them to build confidence, improve self-esteem, enhance physical activity, develop friendships, and gain the skills, tools and resources needed to reach their greatest potential in all areas of life.

This community event includes business leaders and philanthropists coming together to support NWABA’s impact and growth across the Puget Sound region. This year’s event will be especially inspirational as we offer the community an opportunity to celebrate the athletes and families we are honored to serve throughout the year. Guests will enjoy unique silent and live auction items, a delectable meal, fine wine, powerful stories from our athletes, and much more!

A few tickets to the Together in Tandem Dinner & Auction are still available at $100 per seat. To RSVP, visit www.nwaba.org/togetherpug. Or to learn more about other opportunities to support NWABA’s mission, please contact Sue Warren, Director of Development & Communications, at ren@nwaba.org">swarren@nwaba.org or visit our website at nwaba.org.

About NWABA: 
The mission of Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is to provide life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. A group of students who were visually impaired formed the association in 2007 to ensure that people who are blind were participating in sports and physical activity. Today, NWABA is a rapidly expanding 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides more than 3,500 program and service interactions through tailored programming to children, youth, adults and military veterans, which improves self-confidence and self-esteem, promotes independence, creates an inclusive community of supporters, and builds the skills necessary to succeed in all areas of life including school and employment.

Attached Media Files: Event guests during live auction at last year's event in Tacoma. , NWABA athlete speakers at last year's dinner and auction , NWABA athlete swimming with a volunteer guide. , Young NWABA athlete indoor rock climbing , NWABA athlete balancing on a paddleboard with help from her guide.

Tue. 04/16/24
PeaceHealth announces new appointments to its Board of Directors (Photo)
PeaceHealth - 04/16/24 1:23 PM
PeaceHealth Board of Directors Update: (L to R) Carol Aaron, Ione Adams, MD, Lorraine Arvin
PeaceHealth Board of Directors Update: (L to R) Carol Aaron, Ione Adams, MD, Lorraine Arvin

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The PeaceHealth Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Carol Aaron as the new chair. Aaron succeeds Karl Carrier who resigned from his appointment as the chair after more than eight years of service.

Aaron, a highly regarded member of the PeaceHealth Board since joining in January 2021, has a deeply held commitment to community health and organizational development – caring for PeaceHealth’s caregivers. 

Aaron retired in 2019 after more than 30 years of healthcare experience, most recently serving as executive vice president, chief administrative officer at PeaceHealth. In addition to her service at PeaceHealth, she also held executive leadership roles at St. Joseph Health System and Sutter Health. 

“Helping launch initiatives to improve governance, leadership and organizational development to advance a culture of high engagement in the communities she served, Carol will seamlessly and gracefully step into the chair role,” said Liz Dunne, PeaceHealth president and chief executive officer.

“I am deeply humbled to accept the responsibilities of the Board chair,” said Aaron. “We are continuing to cultivate an environment where every decision reflects our commitment to caregiver, patient and community well-being.”

Additionally, PeaceHealth appointed Ione Adams, MD, and Lorraine Arvin to its Board of Directors.

Dr. Adams has served as the chair for the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Community Health Board in Bellingham, Washington, since 2020 after joining the Board as a member in 2016. Dr. Adams’ career is a testament to her commitment to community health, particularly as it relates to serving those most vulnerable — a priority she shares with PeaceHealth. In 2021, she retired from practicing family medicine and service as the medical director of Sea Mar Community Health Center, a role she held since 1989.

“Dr. Adams continues to demonstrate her passion for community health – reaching outside the walls of the hospitals and clinics to work collaboratively with communities to improve the overall health and well-being of everyone,” said Aaron.

Arvin is an experienced chief financial officer with expertise in aligning financial strategies and resources with organizational goals and developing long-term financial plans. Arvin served as the vice president and treasurer for Reed College from 2014 until she retired in 2021. During her tenure, Arvin skillfully managed an expansive portfolio of responsibilities comprised of overseeing the college’s finances, including the college’s endowment, facilities services, human resources, environmental health and safety and auxiliary operations.

“With her extensive financial acumen and dedication to helping non-profit organizations thrive, Lorraine will be a valuable addition to the PeaceHealth System Board,” said Aaron.


About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a non-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, more than 3,000 clinicians, more than 160 clinics and 9 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at peacehealth.org.

Attached Media Files: PeaceHealth Board of Directors Update: (L to R) Carol Aaron, Ione Adams, MD, Lorraine Arvin