Seattle Center Monorail and Chris Ballew/Caspar Babypants join forces to support homeless children and families for GiveBIG

(April 24, 2014) – Wellspring Family Services is pleased to share that the Seattle Center Monorail, Monorail Bunny*, and local music artist Chris Ballew (Presidents of the United States of America/Caspar Babypants) have joined creative forces to support homeless children and families for The Seattle Foundation’s 2014 GiveBIG campaign.
 

Inspired by Elvis’ famous ride aboard the Seattle Center Monorail in the 1962 film It Happened at the World’s Fair, Chris Ballew/Caspar Babypants joined forty local children, ages three-10, on the Monorail’s Red Train last week to shoot the short film.  The short film will be used to raise awareness for homeless children and families in King County, share the mission of Wellspring, and encourage viewers to participate in GiveBIG. 

For more than 52 years, the Seattle Center Monorail has connected our community through a shared experience of history, and as a symbol of what’s possible for the future,” commented Megan Ching, Sales & Marketing Director.  “A strong future depends on an engaged community. So, we were thrilled to partner with Chris Ballew on the film, in support of our charitable partner, Wellspring Family Services, to encourage people to participate in GiveBIG.”

The short film will launch publicly on Friday, May 2nd, as part of a Facebook and Twitter social media match, sponsored by the Monorail.  The social media match provides an opportunity for children and families who can’t afford to make a financial donation to still participate in GiveBIG, by leveraging their social media “sharing” and “re-tweeting” power.  Shares and re-tweets will count toward a potential donation of up to $3,000 from the Seattle Center Monorail to Wellspring on GiveBIG day. 

About Wellspring Family Services
Wellspring Family Services is a nonprofit, multi-service agency serving low-income and vulnerable individuals, children and families in Seattle and King County. Each year, Wellspring helps 4,000 individuals, children, and families experiencing crisis tap into their own resilience and strength, take the next step forward, and rebuild their lives.  Learn more at www.wellspringfs.org.

About Monorail Bunny
In the summer of 2012, Monorail Bunny was accidentally left behind by a passenger on the Seattle Center Monorail. After several months passed, the Monorail adopted Monorail Bunny and Bunny now travels on adventures all over Seattle.  Bunny’s adventures are shared through Facebook and Twitter. Monorail Bunny has had over 500,000 impressions on Facebook since the original post in 2012.