About the Charles Wright Academy
Tacoma, Wash. - Tarriers are pretty lucky to be able to call Charles Wright their home away from home. But not everyone in the South Sound community has that opportunity, as some families don’t have homes to return to at the end of the day. Which is why, twice a year, Charles Wright partners with the Tacoma-based Phoenix Housing Network to invite five underserved families to live on campus in the Bradshaw Chapel for a week. The chapel is transformed into a makeshift shelter with dividers, beds, and a kitchen. While the days during Chapel Home may be typical—kids go to school while their parents meet with social workers, apply for jobs, and complete paperwork—the nights are anything but. Upper Schoolers volunteer as big buddies who read to and play with the kids, CWA families make and share meals, and staff and faculty also stay overnight. The goal is to offer families in need a respite, however brief, from the stress of their situations.
Welcome, Spike! What inspired you to make your debut this year?
I thought that it was just about time. Quite a few of our athletic teams have been doing really well in recent years—winning league and state championships.
As the community development coordinator at MultiCare Health System, Mallory manages fund-raising and awareness efforts for its three foundations: MultiCare Health Foundation, Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, and Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation. All three focus on improving healthcare options for members of the greater community, whether it’s in the form of constructing new buildings, expanding medical programs, or donating toys and books to pediatric patients. “I get to go into work every day and work with people who want to do good,” Mallory says. “It’s so rewarding.”
You could say philanthropy runs in the family. Growing up with an extended family that was heavily involved in the leadership of the Ben B. Cheney Foundation, Mallory says her parents instilled in her a sense of civic duty. Her first job after graduating from Ithaca College with a degree in sports management was with the family business, working in community development with the Tacoma Rainiers for five years. “You have to have a passion for what you do,” she says. “My passion just happens to be giving back, specifically to the local community—to the community that helped raise me and develop me. My life motto is I like to be busy or sleeping, so if I’m awake I might as well be doing something productive, whether for my life or for others.”
And Mallory certainly is productive in her role at MultiCare, where the vast majority of her energy and talent is dedicated to raising money and managing events that support Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma. Whether it’s working with third-party organizations to develop meaningful sponsorships or with individuals who benefitted from the hospital themselves and want to give back in some way, Mallory helps to channel resources to maximize impact. She was also instrumental in founding Students Working Wonders, a program that encourages middle and high schoolers to get involved with community service and welcomes current Tarriers. “A lot of the students want to go into the medical field, so maybe one day they’ll come back and work at Mary Bridge,” Mallory says. “Our core pilot group of kids just graduated, and one’s going to Pacific Lutheran University to study nursing and wants to come back and work at Mary Bridge. That’s one of the coolest things—she wants to continue giving back in both her time and her career.”
Mallory also gives back outside of her day job. Once a week she and her husband, Daniel, serve breakfast at the Tacoma Rescue Mission, and she sat on the committee for the Susan G. Komen Tacoma Lunch for the Cure this year. And along with her cousins, she’s getting increasingly involved with the Cheney Foundation. “You are who you are because of the people in the community that you grew up in,” she says. “You are a product of your environment, and I want to give back and show people that giving back can be so easy. Plus, you meet cool people with intriguing stories. People are fascinating, and that’s what you learn by volunteering.”
Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright students and faculty across all divisions honored the spirit of Thanksgiving in various ways—many of which nodded to multicultural traditions—before classes let out on Wednesday.
Tacoma, Wash. – Tech week is well underway as the cast and crew of the Charles Wright Upper School fall play make final preparations for opening night of Moliere's “Scapin.” Director John Forier, Middle and Upper School drama teacher, described the play as a French farce combined with comedia dell’arte, theatre of the absurd, and lots of Brechtian Verfremdungseffekt that should have the most serious stone-faced member of the audience belly laughing (at least a little). This performance promises to leave a lasting impression on those who attend.