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Rise n Shine!

My friend, Rob Angel knows about fun and games. After-all, he designed the game, Pictionary. When his business partner and friend died of AIDS, Rob turned his pain into passion with the Rise ‘n Shine Foundation. Under the forceful tutelage of founder, Janet Trinkaus, Rise n Shine supports children and teens affected by HIV/AIDS in the Puget Sound area.

After attending Rob’s Pink Poker Party a few years ago, I was so moved by the mission that I joined the Advisory Board. Last night, Rob hosted his annual Pink Poker Party where he fills his home with ladies and hot male waiters for the best bites, drinks and a game of Poker. All proceeds benefit and raise awareness of Rise n Shine. As the young teens in the program spoke about how Rise n Shine has given them a safe place, sense of community and the joy of attending summer camp, it’s rewarding to know we can make a difference.

Read below from their website and I’m sure you will be moved as I was to get involved!


Since 1988, Rise n’ Shine has been advocating for children and
teens affected by HIV/AIDS in the Puget Sound area. These children have either
lost a family member, sibling or parent to the disease. We offer our kids
affected by HIV/AIDS an incredible Mentor Program, Support Groups (teen, tween,
girls), Summer Camp, Holiday Gift Giving and various children’s activities
throughout the year.

Our goals are simple. All programs are designed
to: minimize a child’s or teen’s sense of isolation and alienation; help them
strive to become self-empowered; provide the opportunity to be successful and
be awarded for that success; build life skills; create ideas for a better life
and higher education; learn to solve problems, to make mistakes, to negotiate
conflicts, give and get constructive feedback; honor those who have died and
openly grieve together; and most of all, to laugh and have fun and to cry with
peers who share the commonality of HIV/AIDS.

Mission Statement
Rise n’ Shine provides emotional support programs,
stability, advocacy and AIDS education for children and teens affected by
HIV/AIDS. The children served are some of the most vulnerable in our
communities and come from low income high-risk families. 63% live in a
single-parent home and 10% live with someone other than a parent. 77% percent
currently receive public assistance. The majority of the families live in King
and Snohomish counties although we serve all Puget Sound counties. 32% of the
children are Caucasian and 56% African-American or multi-ethnic. Program
services are provided for ages 5 through age 18, although toddlers participate
in special activities and advocacy is provide for those who have been in our
program over the years and who are now 19- 23 years old.

Pink Poker 2012!

With Rob Angel and Leslie Coaston

Rosaline, Dr. Deb, Patti, Dana and Fredda