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Brandon Graham

There is hope for others.

Through the hard work and dedication of family and friends, the memory of Brandon Graham and all the positives he brought into the world are treasured and remembered.

His life, the way he loved those around him and always sought out the best in himself and others, lives on.

Through the foundation they have launched in Brandon’s name, those closest to him are providing help for others who might consider taking their own lives.

The inspired work began with a highly successful luau fundraiser recently held at Coupeville’s Nordic Lodge, and will continue in the days, months, and years to come.

The Brandon Graham Foundation is sponsoring an appearance by a motivational speaker, who will meet with the youth of the community Sept. 14.

Details for that event, and a possible follow-up assembly that evening, are still being worked out.

Awash in the positivity of their opening fundraiser, organizers are taking a moment to thank the many people and businesses involved in making the luau a success.

From guest speakers Jennifer Marzocca and Tammy Joy to those who helped set up tables and auction items, to those running payment and t-shirt tables, all involved were invaluable.


Organizers thank:

Adorned by Jules
Anania Trucking
Joe and Haylee Armstrong
Kelly and Jerry Asbjornsen
Ashley’s Design
Casey Audette – NW Cabinets LLC
Barb and the boys

Karen Berg
Ashley Bindschatel
Blue Fox Drive-In
Julie Brooks – One Lash Thing
Dan Brown
Melissa Brown
The Casual House
Dana Chambers
Chris’s Bakery

A Clean Carpet Company
Dark Creek Candle and Soap
Kelly Dethlefs
Dirty Bird Studio
Ebey Academy
Irene Echenique
Flossy Nicole by Julie Savoy
Freeland Family Dentist
Front Street Grill

Tammy and Stevie Glover
The Green House Florist and Nursery
Amanda and Dylan Gunning
The Henderson sisters
Hilltop Auto Service
Home Depot
Cheri Hovander
Gary and Jen Howard
Humphrey Sign Company
Island Glass Company

Terry and Rita Jackson
Javy Javy
Jersey Mike’s Subs
Katie Johnson
Julie Natalie Imagery
Kapaw’s Iskreme
Melissa Losey
Maria Maguire
Melissa McCumber

Marcia Muchnick
Nite Owl Tattoo
Northern Quest Resort and Casino
Oak Bowl
Suzie Palmer
Penn Cove Brewing Company
Pepper Bridge Winery (John and Cheri Causey)
Pickle’s Deli
Pilgrimage Pottery by Marcia
PNW Vibe Market

Polished Studio
Regency on Whidbey
Kristi Rosen
Seattle Mariners (Dan Wilson)
Bettie Sifuentes-Hart
Silver Cloud Hotel
Silver Reef Casino
Konni Smith
Starbucks Coffee

Steve Richardson Insurance
Swinomish Casino and Lodge
Sysco Food Service
Charlie Terpening
Terra Firma Wealth Management
Thrive Community Fitness
Trevor Asbjornsen Real Estate
Alicia Turner
Grant and Colleen Van Dyke
Mike and Debbie Vescovi

Vida Integrated Health
Jim and Dee Wheat
Whidbey Coffee
Zanini’s Deli


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Brandon Graham

They’re turning their pain into positivity.

Friends and family of Brandon Graham want to help others in emotional need, doing everything they can to offer an alternative to suicide.

Graham, a 2007 Coupeville High School grad who died last summer, had a huge impact on those around him.

Fellow CHS grads Debbie Vescovi¬†and Michelle Armstrong launched a foundation in his honor, which will “offer support for Coupeville and Oak Harbor schools, with a focus on mental health awareness, suicide prevention, and anti-bullying efforts.”

Money raised will be used to provide resources for students and training for teachers and parents, with an emphasis on bringing together local law enforcement, chaplains, and motivational speakers.

The foundation now has an active website, and is holding a luau fundraiser this Saturday, Aug. 6.

The dinner, which will feature a silent auction, is at the Nordic Lodge in Coupeville (63 Jacobs Rd.), with things starting at 4 PM.

Tickets, which are $30 for single admission, or $50 for a couple, can be obtained at Polished Studio in Oak Harbor (861 SE Pioneer Way), by emailing thebrandongrahamfoundation@gmail.com, or on the foundation’s website.

The plan is to make the dinner a yearly fundraiser.

If they can help other families avoid the pain of a loved one’s suicide, foundation organizers will have reached their goal.

“Mental health wellness needs to be a number one priority for our children,” they said.

“We, as a community, can provide our youth with tools to be able to work through the problems they have, and know that the community has their back.”


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