Perhaps you know one: the heroes among us who work tirelessly in the trenches on behalf of families. Driven by love, compassion and an acute sense of responsibility, these people — we call them “Superheroes” — give from a seemingly bottomless well of their time, talent and money with one goal in common: building a better world for our children. Superheroes tease out solutions for kids in need, build foundations for better lives, inspire those without hope and offer support for those who are sick, tired or just need one small break.
This year, we honor 11 people who stick their necks out for local families. Our 2011 Superheroes lift us all up, because they lift up the most vulnerable among us. We hope you’ll be inspired by their stories and maybe even get involved, write a letter or make a donation — or just say a quiet word of thanks.
Superheroes, we salute you!
Meet our first Superhero: Dan Savage, with the It Gets Better Project >>
Flip ahead to see the rest of our 2011 Superheroes:
Sebrena and Rena Mateja Burr, Wellspring Family Services
Michael Schindler, Operation Military Family
Shandra Benito, Reach Out
Estela Ortega and Roberto Maestas, El Centro De La Raza
Karen Kodama, Seattle Public Schools
Dr. Beth Harvey, pediatrician
Ron Sher, creator of local retail centers
Rebecca Mallos, Attachment and Trauma Specialists
Mike Heinisch, Kent Youth and Family Services
Karen Bryant, The Seattle Storm