October 2, 2018

Light the Way With RAYS 2018


Top three reasons you don’t want to miss our event Light the Way with RAYS:

  • You care about kids and families
  • You love good food, wine and music
  • You can’t resist a photo booth with boas(Feather boas!)

The theme this year is Light the Way with RAYS – Ignite Hope.  During stressful times in our lives it can be difficult to remember what it feels like to have hope that things can get better. The staff at RAYS works with our families and individuals to re-light that spark of hope. We invite you join us in positively impacting over 1700 children, youth and family members a year. Limited tickets are available here.


Honoring June Leonard

This year we will be honoring RAYS founding director, June Leonard. Former Renton School Board Member and Washington State Representative June Leonard (d. April 21, 1994) was a fierce advocate for children and families, and was the first Executive Director of RAYS in the 1970’s and 1980’s.  June was part of the founding group of Board members who incorporated RAYS as a non-profit agency in 1975. She was a tireless advocate for children and families and her work and vision are visible today in RAYS’ school-based counseling services, behavioral health services at medical clinics, supportive home visits with the parents of newborns, and our RAYS Up youth development and mentorship program.  Members of June’s family will be present to share more about her unique contributions to RAYS and to receive our thanks for her service.

Our Emcee

Our Emcee for the evening is the talented Toyia T. Taylor, Renton High School Grad, Educator, Advocate, and Founding Director of We.APP (We Act. Present. Perform.) Young Artists Academy (YAA). Toyia’s “sole life purpose is to collaborate with brilliant minds invested in the arts so that children invest in themselves and together, we build a legacy of promise”. Through YAA she inspires students to find their voice and speak their truth through story sharing and public speaking. We are delighted to have Toyia join us!

Hors d’oeuvres and Beverage

Guests will again enjoy delicious food and wine pairings from Melrose Grill and Vino at the Landing and we will provide plentiful hors d’oeuvres and beverages to sustain you throughout the evening.

Silent Auction

Silent Auction: Watch our Facebook page for updates on our auction items. We have autographed items from the Mariners, Seahawks and Sounders, an Olympic Peninsula 2-night getaway, golf package, custom made jewelry, wine basket and much more.

Stories from Our Rays Youth Mentors

Our program will feature stories and highlights from our RAYS Up Youth Life Coaches. You will be inspired by the resilience of these young people and future leaders.


We will wrap up the night with an intimate concert with local songstress Stephanie Anne Johnson. Stephanie Anne Johnson is a multifaceted vocalist who enjoys singing the acoustic music she writes and the performing in some of the greatest musical theater ever written. In the past few years, she has performed with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Actor’s Theater of Louisville, The Village Theater in Hairspray and numerous venues in Seattle including the Tractor Tavern, the Royal Room and the Triple Door. She was a lounge singer for Holland America Cruise Line, a member of the Seattle area Dickens Carolers, and a Top 20 Finalist on Season 5 of NBC’s Emmy Award Winning The Voice. Her final song “Georgia on My Mind,” rose to the #4 spot on iTunes R&B and Soul charts.  Here’s a little sample from her time on The Voice. We are so excited she can join us!

Working together we can light the way for vulnerable children, youth, and families in our community. Join us!