Sweet Decadence hosts Mack Strong TEAM-WORKS meet and greet

May 2, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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File Former Seattle Seahawk Mack Strong (right), with wife Zoe, are hosting a fundraiser April 28 for TEAM-WORKS Academy.

File Former Seattle Seahawk Mack Strong (right), with wife Zoe, are hosting a fundraiser April 28 for TEAM-WORKS Academy.

Newcastle residents will have the opportunity to partake in a night of football, chocolate, wine and charity at a special TEAM-WORKS event May 9.

Locals are invited to visit Sweet Decadence from 5-7 p.m. to meet former Seahawk Mack Strong, who will be available to talk football and sign autographs.

Sweet Decadence will donate a portion of the night’s proceeds to TEAM-WORKS, an organization founded by Mack and Zoe Strong to empower at-risk youths toward a better future.

TEAM-WORKS partners with entities in the Northwest to offer mentoring services for disadvantaged youths and their families in indigenous, minority and impoverished communities. The nonprofit organization’s goal is to encourage kids to develop strong minds, strong bodies and strong character.

“I really appreciate the vision that Mack and Zoe have,” said Sandra Wixon, the owner of Sweet Decadence. “I think supporting kids is amazing.”

The event also doubles as a kickoff to make local residents aware of the July 17 charity golf tournament and auction held at The Golf Club at Newcastle to support TEAM-WORKS. Attendees will have the chance to register for the tournament or dinner auction at the May 9 event.

“This is to make people in Newcastle aware that their fellow neighbors, Mack and Zoe, are doing something very, very special,” said John Jensen, co-chair along with wife Lisa, of the dinner auction. “They’re getting results and they’re changing lives.”

Everyone who signs up for the July 17 fundraiser at the meet and greet will be entered into a drawing to win an autographed football signed by Mack Strong. Those who sign up by May 17 are ensured discounted, early-bird pricing. All proceeds directly support TEAM-WORKS programs.

“In a city like Newcastle, that’s relatively affluent, everybody looks for a way to give something back and sometimes when you write a check, you don’t know how effectively the money is being used,” Jensen said. “I can put $5 out there in a lot of different ways, but I know when I do it with TEAM-WORKS, it’s going to do something meaningful.”

Adults and children alike are welcomed to the May 9 meet and greet.

If you go

  • TEAM-WORKS fundraiser and meet and greet
  • 5-7 p.m. May 9
  • Sweet Decadence
  • 12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 100
  • RSVP by emailing robin@teamworksacademy.org.
  • www.teamworksacademy.org
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