The National Lacrosse League’s Washington Stealth and XKL, LLC have joined forces to fight hunger in Washington and together have collected enough food and monetary donations to provide over 40,000 meals to Washingtonians in need. The two organizations meet last week to present the donations to Northwest Harvest.
Numerous members of the Stealth organization, including team owner Denise Watkins, President David Takata and player Paul Rabil were on hand to deliver the donations to Northwest Harvest, which provides over 680,000 food services each month to the community. The Stealth held two food drives in March, including one at its March 25 game at the Comcast Arena.
“Many people think about supporting Food Banks around the Thanksgiving holidays, but peoples need for help with food for their table is a year-round problem,” said Watkins. “Particularly in recent years, with the economic downturn, many more people need a little help to be able to put a healthy meal on the tables for their families. We are very happy to support Northwest Harvest in whatever way we can and help them collect food for local families.”
XKL, LLC, a leading-edge provider of enterprise fiber optic networking equipment based in Kirkland, Wash., chose Northwest Harvest as a philanthropic effort earlier this year and began conducting a food drive of their own in recent months. After catching wind of the Stealth’s efforts in helping out a great cause, the two organizations linked efforts. XKL’s founder and CEO, Leonard Bosack, was also on hand to present the donations to Northwest Harvest.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with the defending National Lacrosse League Champions for this food drive effort as we came out of our own stealth mode last week in releasing two new DarkStar® fully integrated optical transport systems, DXM10-4 and DXM10-2 that provide businesses a flexible and cost-effective solution for lighting dark fiber,” adds Susan Vandament, Director of Business Development for XKL, LLC. “Furthermore, we are excited to continue supporting the Stealth by joining them at their home game Saturday, April 9th for their annual ‘Pink in the Rink’ benefit for the Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.”
Northwest Harvest is the only non-profit food bank distribution center operating statewide in Washington with a network of over 300 food banks, meal programs and at-risk elementary schools. For more information on Northwest Harvest, visit www.northwestharvest.org.
Led by CEO and Cisco Systems co-founder Len Bosack, XKL LLC develops products that epitomize the company’s mission: Bringing fundamental change to worldwide telecommunications. XKL optical transport system technologies enable enterprises with complex data transmission needs to tap into the power of the wholesale Internet. This allows XKL customers to achieve network independence, greater reliability, enhanced transmission speed and better value. The company is headquartered in Kirkland, Washington. For more information, visit www.xkl.com.
The Stealth is back in action on April 16 to take on the Rochester Knighthawks for “Fan Appreciation Night” at the Comcast Arena. Tickets start at just $13 and are available by calling 877-MY-75-TIX or at www.stelathlax.com.