Monday, June 18, 2012

BMW Northwest & Puget Sound MINI Driving Clinic Saturday July 14th 2012


ProFormance Racing School Invites You to the first BMW Northwest & Puget Sound MINI Driving Clinic to be held on a Saturday! Scheduled from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday July 14th 2012. As our client a complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided for you.

In the spirit of increasing your appreciation for your vehicle, we have arranged an exclusive day at ProFormance Racing School for our customers. The curriculum for the One-Day High Performance Driving Program includes an extensive mix of street survival skills and high performance driving techniques.

This curriculum has proven to be a highly successful program for increasing driver skills in one day. The teaching guidelines ensure a minimum of anxiety with a maximum of FUN.

This program is tailored to entry-level sport driving enthusiasts. Students will participate in exercises such as; threshold braking, ABS experience, high aim vision slalom, and collision avoidance. These drills are in preparation for the afternoon’s total driving experience of lapping on the 2.25 mile nine turn road-racing course. These sessions are conducted with one on one, in car coaching.

In addition to the skills that you will gain, the class will certify you for future lapping days with ProFormance Racing Schoolat Pacific Raceways.
The campus is located in Kent at Pacific Raceways and a future letter to attendees will provide all needed information for your participation.
Not sure you want to drive your own car? You can also join us for a ride in the BMW Northwest Track Taxi. With a Professional Driver at the wheel, you can join your friends and family on the track in a 2008 BMW M3. Experience first-hand the fun of high speed performance driving without the stress. Friends and Family are also welcome to watch drivers from the Bleachers and Paddock.

All BMW Northwest, Northwest MINI and Seattle MINI clients are welcome, and a BMW or MINI is NOT a requirement.
Don’t miss this great opportunity! Enrollment is limited, so sign up now:
For details, pricing, and questions contact:

Aaron J Schrenk
Sales Administrator


Don Kitch Jr.
253.630.5130 track office
President, Chief Instructor


BMW Northwest
4011 20th St E
Tacoma, WA 98424
(253) 922-8700
Sales Hours:
8:00 AM-7:00 PM
Sat 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Sun 11:00 AM-5:00 PM

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tutta Bella Serves ‘Il Presidente’ Pizza Beginning President’s Day

Special “Il Presidente” Neapolitan Pizza Created by America’s Only VPN Gold Certified Pizzaiolo Chef Brian Gojdics

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Tutta Bella “Mini-cade” delivers pizza to Air Force One & Tutta Bella’s Il Presidente pizza
Photo credit to Tom Schabarum Photo credit to Tom Schabarum

Seattle, Wash.—(February 21, 2012)— To coincide with President’s Day, Tutta Bella will offer the ‘Il Presidente’ pizza as a special for $13.50 for one week only at all Tutta Bella locations starting  Monday, February 20 through Sunday, February 26. Tutta Bella’s four locations are Columbia City, Wallingford (Stone Way), Issaquah or South Lake Union (Westlake),

Photos of Friday’s delivery of the Il Presidente pizza and the delivery to Air Force One are available at

“A visit from the White House inspired us to create this special pizza we named ‘Il Presidente’ to satisfy The President’s love of spicy food. The pizza is topped with hot Calabrian chiles along with Seattle’s own Mama Lil’s pickled peppers and locally made Isernio’s Italian sausage, extra virgin olive oil, fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, basil and grana padano,” says Tutta Bella Executive Chef Brian Gojdics.

A few years back, Joe Fugere was recognized by President Obama during a speech where he made a remark directed at Fugere’s Tutta Bella stating,“ I still haven’t tasted the pizza, but he [Joe Fugere] promises I’m going to get some at some point.”

While President Obama’s schedule last Friday did not allow for a personal visit to one of Tutta Bella’s four Neapolitan Pizzeria locations in Columbia City, Wallingford (Stone Way), Issaquah or South Lake Union (Westlake), special arrangements were made to forgo lunch and have the pizzas specially delivered to Air Force One.

Though it was no small feat, Fugere made special arrangements to have the coveted VPN (Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana) certified DOC designated pizza ready for pick-up at Paine Field in order to fulfill the President’s desire to have a taste of Tutta Bella’s renowned Neapolitan pizza.

Fugere had met with the President in Seattle to discuss the issues facing small businesses in a challenging economic climate, and was subsequently invited to the White House for the signing of the Small Business Jobs Act ( on September 27, 2010.

Since opening its doors in Columbia City in 2004, Tutta Bella has been a trailblazer not only in providing the best Italian wood-fired pizza in Seattle, but it has been recognized locally and nationally, time and again, for being an exemplary leader in the small business community.

Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria:
Founded in 2004, Tutta Bella has four locations; Columbia City, Stone Way, Westlake and Issaquah. For more information on specific locations, visit

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Fox’s Gem Shop Kicks Off 100-Year Anniversary with Leap Year Tradition

Fox’s Leap Year Sale, February 28 through March 3








SEATTLE, Wash.—(February 16, 2012) —For more than a century, Fox’s Gem Shop has been assisting men in selecting the perfect engagement ring for that much-anticipated proposal of marriage, and on February 29, Fox’s invites the ladies to do the same. In honor of their 25th Leap Year in business, Fox’s eagerly awaited, once-every-four-years sale will extend from February 28 through March 3.

The tradition of women proposing to men on Leap Year began in fifth-century Ireland, when St. Bridget declared that each woman should be able to romantically pursue the man of her choice. This tradition crossed over to the United States, and to this day remains an amusing Leap Year ritual.

“We have a sale on wedding rings, designer jewelry and watches only once every four years. So we make it a good one!” said third-generation Director of Operations Zoey Mann.

While Fox’s isn’t suggesting that all women should propose to their significant others this Leap Year, they do encourage everyone to create their own Leap Year traditions to celebrate this rare day because only once in a Leap Year comes a perfect moment.

WHO: Fox’s Gem Shop

WHAT: Leap Year Century Sale
           · 20-60% off all cased jewelry
           · 20-60% off designer jewelry including: Alex Sepkus,  
, Mikimoto, Mason-Kay, Gurhan, Mark Patterson, Todd
, Norman Silverman
· 20-60% off watches and timepieces including: Panerai,
             International Watch Company, Ulysse Nardin, Bedat & Co.,
             Mühle Glashütte, Bell & Ross, Hermes of Paris, Nomos
· Exclusions: Repairs, loose diamonds and ‘Hearts on Fire’

WHERE: Fox’s Gem Shop
             1341 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
             Validated parking at Rainier Square Garage, 5th & Union

WHEN: February 28 through March 3, 2012
            10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

About Fox’s Gem Shop
Fox’s Gem Shop is the only independent, family-owned business in Seattle that has been providing its customers with the industry-leading expertise and highest quality and value of gems, jewelry, watches, select designers’ creations and custom designs for over 100 years. Fox’s is known for custom designs, fine Swiss and German watches, and exceptionally rare gemstones and Ideal cut diamonds. Owners Chai, Joy and Zoey Mann are proud to be serving long-standing loyal customers and a new generation of clientele alike, providing the personalized service, quality and integrity that has always characterized this family business. Fox’s is located at the corner of 5th and Union, 1341 5th Avenue, in Seattle, Washington. For more information, call (206) 623-2528 or visit

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Research Foundation Donates $50,000 to UW Medicine


imageLeft to Right: Connie Lehman M.D., Ph.D. (UW professor and vice chair of the Department of Radiology and director of radiology at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance), Julie Gralow, M.D. (UW professor and director of breast medical oncology at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance,) Garrett Mullen (founder of the Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation), and David Byrd, M.D. (UW professor and section chief of surgical oncology)

SEATTLE, Wash.—(February 6, 2012)— On December 22, 2011, the Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation presented UW Medicine with $50,000 to support their breast cancer research efforts. 

The Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation identifies the most promising breast cancer studies taking place in the most successful research labs and helps fund them.

The Seattle-based foundation was established in honor of Karen Mullen, who was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer in October 2006. Even though her disease was detected early, triple-negative disease is stubborn and persistent, and, ultimately, she did not survive.

UW Medicine healthcare organization was selected as the recipient of $50,000 raised during “Slice of Hope,” which took place last year. UW Medicine, which comprises Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, UW Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, the UW School of Medicine and Airlift Northwest, is among the nation’s leading breast cancer care and research facilities.

“The breast cancer research being conducted at UW Medicine is critical to improving cancer outcomes,” said Julie Gralow, M.D., director of breast medical oncology at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, a consortium of UW Medicine, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s. “We are grateful for the efforts that Garrett Mullen and his board members and friends have made on behalf of UW Medicine breast cancer research.”

“Slice of Hope,” spearheaded by Pizza Today magazine editor Jeremy White, brought together national and local pizzerias, including Seattle’s own Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria, to raise money for the Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation. Participating pizzerias donated 15 percent of pizza sales on October 7 and raised a total of $50,000. More than $20,000 of the total was given by Tutta Bella.

In the continued effort to help end this disease, “Slice of Hope” will take place again in October 2012. For more information about “Slice of Hope,” visit:

About Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation

Founded in 2011, Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Seattle that funds promising breast cancer research studies being conducted at the most successful research labs across the United States. The foundation was established in honor of Karen Mullen, who lost her life to breast cancer, and in tribute to all women who have or will someday have breast cancer. For more information, visit

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Australia Vacation Travel and Australia Tour Packages with Accommodations from Australia Travel Experts

Air-Inclusive Vacations with Tours & Hotel Accommodations Offer Travelers Best Deals

BELLEVUE, Wash.—(January 30, 2011)—For Australia vacations from Tasmania walking tours to wine tasting, head to the southern tip of an Australia map to find out there’s more to Australia than kangaroos & koalas.

Down Under Answers (, in partnership with Qantas, and the tourism authorities of Australia, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, offer Vacations to Australia with Cheap Flights, Tours & Hotels.

These Australia vacation deals start at the remarkably low price of just $2,299 per person (including airfare and accommodation & airline taxes, based on double-occupancy) and are making the southern states of Australia more desirable than ever before.

According to Kirk Demeter, President of Down Under Answers, "The southern region of Australia is truly unmatched in its beauty and provides varying and spectacular experiences."

Mr. Demeter adds that this destination is perfect for a wide range of travelers including repeat vacationers who want to experience another side of Australia travel; vacationers who love to participate in adventure activities; price-conscious families who are looking for the best value for their travel dollar, and the upscale market who seeks touring via private aircraft, five-star hotel accommodations.

Featured Australia Tour Packages:

Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide –12-night land and air-inclusive vacation from just $2,399

Explore Melbourne, in Victoria, a cultural melting pot known for international sporting events and the award-winning restaurants and cafés. Melbourne accommodation included. Continue south to historic Hobart, Tasmania, Australia’s smallest capital city to experience 19th century warehouses-turned-restaurants in Salamanca Place, cafes, galleries and art studios. Hobart is the ideal city to shop for locally-made products or enjoy al fresco dining and boasts the cleanest air on Earth. Hobart hotels included. Next travel is to Adelaide in South Australia, an elegant city that has preserved its colonial heritage. Surrounded by parklands and historic buildings, Adelaide is also a dream come true for wine tasting due to its close proximity to some of Australia’s most renowned wine regions, including Barossa. Adelaide accommodation included.

Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Cairns - 12-day package from $2,629

Enjoy all the best of southern Australia and finish you vacation with a trip to the colorful playground of the Great Barrier Reef. From Melbourne travel north to Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park. The majestic coral structures that make up the Great Barrier Reef extend over 930 miles and provide superb recreational activities such as snorkeling, diving, swimming, semi-submersibles, coral viewing and fishing, and offer a unique environment for scientific research.

Short Breaks (from $449 -$559)

· Down Under Answers offers three-day land-only excursions experiences to Melbourne, Adelaide or Hobart.

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· Cradle Mountain Huts Guided 7-day walk though stunning Tasmanian scenery

· 5-night “Discover Tasmania” 2-day “Kangaroo Island in Style”

· “Australia Fur and Feathers” is a two-night wildlife tour from Melbourne.

Each Australia tour packages can be purchased as-is, or the travel experts at Down Under Answers can help customize a vacation.

For all the latest packages and current pricing from Down Under Answers, click here.

Australia vacations with Down Under Answers can be booked by calling toll-free at (866) 792-5458 or visiting

Prices are quoted in US Dollars, and are based on per person, twin share. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and seasonal surcharges.  Advertised priced reflects lowest season pricing.  Add-on fares available from other U.S. cities. Seats/Rooms are limited and subject to availability at time of booking. A higher class of service may be offered as an alternative. U.S./foreign taxes/fees, including September 11th security fee, are included for all air inclusive vacations. Amendment fees and cancellation penalties apply. 

About Down Under Answers

Down Under Answers, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2012, is the recognized industry leader in vacation packages to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti and the Cook Islands,. The Bellevue, Washington-based tour operator offers a wide variety of travel package options ranging from escorted tours to self-drive vacations, adventure travel, island escapes, groups and special interest travel, as well as customized independent arrangements. The company has repeatedly been voted the “Best Travel Wholesaler” by Tourism Australia’s Aussie Specialists and Tourism New Zealand’s Kiwi Specialists as well as “Best Travel Wholesaler” by Australian Supplier Partners. For additional information, visit or call 800-889-1464.

Twitter: @downunderanswer




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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Olive Crest Hosts 12th Annual Gala Auction “All Aboard” on March 3 at The Westin Bellevue


BELLEVUE, Wash.—(January 12, 2011)— Olive Crest, an organization dedicated to preventing child abuse, treating and educating at-risk children and preserving the family…“One Life at a Time®”, will host its annual gala auction at The Westin Bellevue on March 3.

Last year’s Olive Crest gala raised $435,000 and they hope to raise $600,000 at this year’s event.

WHO: Olive Crest

WHAT: Olive Crest’s 12th Annual Gala Auction “All Aboard”

· Tickets are $150 per person, or $1,500 to reserve a table of ten

· Registration and silent auction begin at 6:00 p.m.

· Dinner and the live auction begin at 7:30 p.m.

· Cocktail cruise attire is suggested

· Space is limited. RSVP by February 24 online or contact Toni Young, at or (425) 462-1612 ext. 1312.

WHEN: Saturday, March 3, 2012

WHERE: The Westin Bellevue
600 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

About Olive Crest
Since 1973, Olive Crest has transformed the lives of over 50,000 abused, neglected, and at-risk children and their families. We work tirelessly to meet the individual needs of kids in crisis by providing safe homes, counseling, and education for both youth and parents. Our many innovative programs reflect our conviction that strengthening the family is one of the most powerful ways to help heal children. With unwavering compassion, the Olive Crest family maintains a lifelong commitment to the youth and families we serve even after they have graduated from our programs. Olive Crest serves nearly 1,000 children and families each day throughout California, Nevada, and the Pacific Northwest. For more information call 1-800-550-CHILD (2445) or visit

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Lori Randall shares her public relations experience and why it is so important for restaurants on Dine Northwest Radio

Listen to the segment-

Dine Northwest is Washington’s favorite online dining guide and weekly radio show hosted by Shawn Sullivan and Heather Donahoe.