$25k Donation to Sustain Sea Mar Program

Our Wonderful Judy Beach Donates $25,000 to Sustain Sea Mar Program

Judy Beach continues to live an amazing life. She had a long career in education, with a focus in bilingual education. Her passion for Spanish led her to study in Mexico, where she learned not only the language, but also the culture. This amazing woman savored the experiences she had with her students and their families and always went above and beyond for them. She was invited into their lives as they saw the beauty in her authentic, curious, and loving personality.  Judy has lived her life to learn, help others, and be a loving mother.

After living 75 years in California, she made a life changing decision by moving to Seattle to be near her daughter, Jill. She moved into a little gem of an apartment in the Junction, where she could sit for hours and look out at the water and the Olympic Mountains. Also in view from her window, she could see the Senior Center of West Seattle. It was here that she quickly got involved and made some amazing friends. All of this confirmed her move was a good choice.

In June of 2018, while living her big life in her new home, Judy was diagnosed with late stage pancreatic cancer. When she shared this news with her three children, she said, “We will handle this with grace, love, and lots of laughter.” That is the way she lives her life.

As Judy has begun to plan for her end of life, she has chosen to show her gratitudeto the Senior Center for being such an important part of her transition.

Because of Judy’s passion for the Spanish language and Mexican culture, her gift will fund the Center’s partnership with Sea Mar’s Latino Senior Nutrition & Socialization Program from 2019-2021. The goal of this program is to help seniors enjoy nutritious meals, socialize, and benefit from health education opportunities so they can live better lives both physically and emotionally.

Thank you, Judy, for your generous donation of $25,000 and your desire to help the Center impact others’ lives as it has impacted yours.


$100,000 Legacy Gift from Adah & Earl Cruzen

by: Lyle Evans, Executive Director

Last month the Center was approached by a member of the community who asked what the Center needed in order to continue and enhance operations. I provided a wish list, not knowing the impact that list would have. About three weeks later, Adah Cruzen invited me to her home for lunch. If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Adah, she is a lovely, unassuming woman with a gigantic heart and a very sweet demeanor. Many in West Seattle know and love her. Many also knew her husband, Earl Cruzen, the “Father” of Murals of West Seattle and local community leader. Adah talked about how Earl cared so much about West Seattle and wanted to leave a legacy gift to ensure the Senior Center was taken care of.

Adah beamed when she talked about her love of the Ukulele group and how she loves eating in the Café. She asked me how she could best support the Center. “What’s at the top of your wish list?” she asked. We then discussed the importance of our Westside Friends outreach program that helps homebound elders, as well asthe importance of good food to those who may have their single most nutritious meal of the day here at the Center. Additionally, we discussed support for our many health and wellness programs, infrastructure improvements, new computers for staff, as well implementing a Point of Sale system to enhance existing services.

Our conversation included how vitally important it is to
keep elders active in order for them to remain healthy, funding of the newsletter, and a commercial ice machine. We discussed how Hatten Hall needs improvement in order to bring more large groups into the Center,and how community is built one person at a time. This list was meant to be a partial
list of items that the Center needs. I was overcome with emotion when Adah said she would fund everything we’d talked about with a legacy gift of $100,000!

We at the Center envisioned a day when we could expand physical space, programs, and outreach to welcome more of the people who need us the most. We want to become even more vibrant and more essential to those we serve, to do what we do better and grander. Earl and Adah Cruzen’s gift can help make that vision a reality. Thank you, Adah and Earl for your most generous support! We appreciate it enormously.

Followup: A small gratitude party in honor of Adah’s generous gift was held on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. The Ukulele Group came to play as the entertainment,especially for Adah.    Check out the article: Westside Seattle Article; Adah Cruzen Shines Her Light Again