Monthly Archives: September 2013

A Season’s End!

| September 29, 2013
Saturday September 28th, Ryan and I left LA at 5am to make the trek to Hollister Ranch outside of
Santa Barbara.  Neither one of us knew what to expect as we took the 101 North, watching the
sunrise across the water, I knew it would be a good day.  The AWOW founders and volunteers
greeted us in the parking lot and expressed their gratitude.  The entire day was designed to create
an experience, even such a detail as having the best coffee available for the parents, was one that
wouldn’t go unnoticed.  The day was meant to not only provide water therapy for special needs
children, but offer guided surf instruction to their siblings and parents alike. A Walk On Water, a
non-profit organization, put on their final event for the season using the private beach at Hollister
Ranch to create a safe atmosphere.  AWOW uses donations and proceeds from selling branded
merchandise to make this series possible, they don’t charge the families to attend and all
volunteers donate their time.  Seeing this event first hand, I cannot even begin to describe how I
felt, watching these kids paddle out with their instructor, and ride the wave in.   Wether they stood,
laid or sat on the surfboard, the entire shore cheered them on as they made it in.  The pure look of
joy, for a small moment, meant the world.  For some of these families, they cannot go to public
beaches because of certain needs or behaviors that cause people to stare.  But on this day, the
beach was all theirs. They could comfortably let their child play, kick sand and splash, while they
sipped their hot cup of Caffe Vita, knowing their child was safe in the hands of both the land and
sea instructors.  It was this day, as several parents explained to me, each in their own way, that
gets them through all the hard days.  To have one special day where their child was the happiest,
uncontrollably jumping with excitement for their achievements, where they said their first word,
‘surf’, where their sister was able to ride a wave in alongside her special needs brother.  I have
never felt so blessed to experience a day like this one.
If you want to learn more about AWOW, get involved as a volunteer or make a donation please
Gretchen Hackler
Caffe Vita-Marketing Manager

Brawl Day on Broadway

| September 28, 2013

Seattle Boxing Studio just held their 2nd Annual Fundraiser: Fight Night at the gym AKA Brawl Day on Broadway. All proceeds benefited new equipment for the gym and will help the SBS team travel to different locations. There were over 7 exhibition bouts featuring SBS fighters, coaches and clients. They featured a bout against SBS’s own fighter Kevin J. Roberson and 2012 178 WA GG champion Scott Anthony Beal along with a special bout featuring retired Pro Martin O’Malley and a SBS member Ron Rosella.  All Tickets included food donated by Via Tribunali Neapolitan Pizzeria and Osteria La Spiga!

 

Omnivorous

| September 27, 2013

Omnivorous is an annual party that showcases the best restaurants, dessert makers, distillers and drink purveyors of Capitol Hill, showcasing their creations, all while raising vital funds for Capitol Hill Housing.

Capitol Hill Housing builds vibrant and engaged communities. They provide affordable homes to more than 1,800 of our neighbors across the city in our 44 buildings, which include historic apartments as well as award-winning new developments. In addition to affordable housing, they are active in the development of sustainable communities.

Caffe Vita teamed up with Rain City Spirits to serve our coffee and our collaboration, Drip Coffee Liquor.  This unique coffee liqueur redefines what you know as  coffee liqueur.  Think iced Americano with a kick!

We would like to thank Capitol Hill Housing for bringing the community together.  Be a part of the solution, and make your donation today!

Party Animals!

| September 19, 2013

Party Animal

Victor, Malosi and Loren stopped into Vita to say goodbye.  They stayed with us on their way to and from Canada, and played a killer set while they were here in Seattle!

Victor (left) is one of the masterminds behind Das Racist and known by many as Kool A.D.  He is currently on tour with Party Animal, a new punk-hardcore outfit from Oakland!

See what they’re throwin’ down with their hit, “I love Society (oil! oil! oil!)”.

-LM