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Lesley Haenny is the Seattle Editor for Miss A. She is an Air Force wife now living in the Seattle area. Prior to living in Seattle, Lesley spent 7 years in Washington, DC, working as a Congressional liaison. She grew up in a small, mountain town in Southern California, sandwiched between an older sister and a younger brother. Her two hard working parents taught her to always go for the clearance rack, bring your lunch everyday, work hard for what you have, and always take the opportunity to travel and play outside. Lesley has been actively involved in various charities such as the Animal Resource Foundation, Komen For the Cure, Prevent Cancer Foundation, American Diabetes Association and the Race for Hope (benefitting the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure).

Recap: Seattle Chocolate Ball To Benefit Camp Agape NW

On Sunday, November 11, 2012, I had the privilege of attending the Seattle Chocolate Ball benefiting Camp Agape NW.

The heavens had opened up and the rain was pouring – but that did not stop the hundreds of Seattleites from descending upon Herban Feast in the SODO neighborhood and attending this one-of-a-kind event to benefit children who are fighting cancer. Camp Agape NW meant something to each of them.

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From left to right: Jeff and Sheila Jirka from Davenport Cellars and Julie Farrell and Sharon Farrell from Tease Chocolates. (Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

With a 17 piece orchestra playing nothing but the sounds of Sinatra, a silent and live auction, wine and chocolate tastings available throughout, and a delicious dinner for each of the patrons, it was an evening filled with different sights, sounds and tastes, all to benefit one worthy cause.

Orchestra playing Sinatra

Orchestra playing Sinatra (Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

Dejean Thomas, Nina Garkavi, Josh Borgman, Jen Doepping, Jenniey Chestnut Arger, Helen Ross, Aunika Phillips, Christina Bradic

Making the Seattle Chocolate Ball happen! From left to right: Dejean Thomas, Nina Garkavi, Josh Borgman, Jen Doepping, Jenniey Chestnut Arger, Helen Ross, Aunika Phillips, Christina Bradic. (Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

I was honored to be seated with the Failla and the Behrens families, both of whom have children who have bravely battled cancer. Collette and Erich Behrens spoke to the crowd about their daughter’s lifelong battle with leukemia and how Camp Agape NW has made them feel whole again. Their story was beautiful and touching, and there was not a dry eye in the house.

Greg Failla, Kris Failla, Collette Behrens, Erich Behrens

From left to right: Greg Failla, Kris Failla, Collette Behrens, Erich Behrens (Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

Miss A Seattle City Editor, Lesley Haenny, and friend Rachel Hupp

Miss A Seattle City Editor, Lesley Haenny, and friend Rachel Hupp. (Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

After Collette and Erich shared their journey, patrons were asked to raise their auction placards to donate money directly to Camp Agape NW. Beginning at $5,000 and ending at $25 – the placards went up as each amount was called. I was amazed to see how many people gave no second thought to donating to an organization that meant so much to them.

Camp Agape NW is a week-long camp (cost free) for children battling cancer and their families and is located near Gig Harbor, Wash. Camp Agape NW gives children with cancer a chance to feel normal, their siblings a chance to feel special and their parents time to be together. You can find out more about Camp Agape here.

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