We are excited to offer a dynamic program for this year’s luncheon. Our emcee will be KING 5 news Anchor, Mark Wright, who is an incredible presenter and will lead the program with style and grace. Our keynote speaker this year is Jake Olsen, a young man who is an accomplished blind athlete and motivational speaker.
The program will also feature an inspiring video about the impact the Lighthouse has had on the lives of our employees and stakeholders. Every year the video is one of the highlights of the event, this year’s promises to do the same. Lastly, we will welcome an employee speaker to the podium to cap off the event.
|11:15 a.m.||Registration Opens
Showcase tables open (manufacturing and Employee and Community Services)
|12:00 p.m.||Lunch is served|
|12:15 p.m.||Program begins
Mark Wright, KING 5 News Anchor, Emcee
Jake Olsen, Blind Athlete and Motivational Speaker
TBA, Employee Speaker
Mark Wright is a journalist and television news anchor for KING 5 News in Seattle. He anchors all of the newscasts between noon and 7 p.m. on KING 5. Mark is a two-time Emmy Award winner of his work as a hard news reporter and documentary producer. Mark was born in Seattle and raised near Ferndale in Whatcom County.
Mark is a graduate of the Murrow College of Communications at Washington State University. Before television, Mark worked as a Public Radio reporter in Pullman, Boise, and Spokane.
Mark is committed to giving back to the communities in which he lives and works. He is President-Elect of the Downtown Seattle Rotary Club – a service group dedicated to helping those in need at home and abroad. Mark also volunteers his time to emcee numerous charity benefits and events around Western Washington. Mark is married and has two sons.
Jake Olson is a blind athlete, motivational speaker, and has co-authored two books about overcoming adversity. When Jake was 8 months old, he was diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer, retinoblastoma. The disease claimed his left eye before the age of one and in November 2009 Jake lost his right eye after battling cancer for 12 years. Jake has confronted many challenges during his battle with cancer and uses his experience to better himself as a person and motivate others.
Jake played football and golf in high school and is currently attending University of Southern California as one the football team’s as long snappers. He also enjoys skiing, surfing and playing the guitar. Jake has set a personal goal to become the first blind golfer to join the PGA golf tour. Jake’s love for and dedication to the game of golf caught the attention of TravisMathew golf clothing company. Jake and TravisMathew have teamed up to develop a first of its kind “Braille” golf shirt, with messages scripted in Braille on shirts that offer golfers a smart, progressive look with a sizeable portion of the proceeds going to charities.
Jake is not afraid to challenge himself or challenge others and has personally raised his expectations for his own life. Jake’s attitude has been an inspiration to others and his belief in making the most out of life continues to motivate those around him. Jake can be followed at OpenYourEyes.Org.