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Obliteride 2018 – Ending Cancer Starts at Fred Hutch

Categories: Giving Back | Posted: August 13, 2018

Obliteride Fred Hutch Logo


I ride for ____________. Many of us have names that can fill in this blank whether they are family, friends, co-workers or acquaintances. Fred Hutch hosts the annual Obliteride event, where companies, family, friends and individuals ride 50 to 100 miles around the Greater Seattle area in support of cancer research. Obliteride funds research in the areas of greatest need at Fred Hutch. From Basic Sciences and Public Health to deep exploration into organ-specific cancers and immunotherapy, Fred Hutch has funded over $12 million in research over the past five years. You can view Obliteride Funding in Action here.

It was a joy and honor for JayMarc to be able to volunteer this year at the 2018 Obliteride. Our team cheered on the riders as they arrived at our co-sponsored rest stop to enjoy DJ beats by JayMarc’s own Marc Rousso and to refuel with food and water prepared by Obliteride volunteers.

JayMarc Homes co-sponsored a rest stop at the 2018 Obliteride by Fred Hutch


The 2018 Obliteride event has raised $2,200,430.45 and counting! We are so proud of all the riders who participated. Here’s to continuing the support for the fight against cancer!

Obliteride 2018 Fundraising Total

Learn more about Obliteride and participating in 2019: Fred Hutch Obliteride

About Fred Hutch: Interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Fred Hutch researchers, including three Nobel laureates, bring a relentless pursuit of, and passion for, health knowledge and hope to their work and the world. Together, researchers are discovering new ways to detect cancers earlier, when cure rates are highest; developing effective treatments with fewer side effects; and learning how to prevent cancers from growing in the first place. Read more about Fred Hutchinson here.


Adventure Playground 2018

Categories: Events, Giving Back | Posted: June 21, 2018

Adventure Playground Mercer Island

Adventure Playground is a one of a kind play area that allows kids to create their own play adventure. Nestled in the wooded forest of Deane’s Children’s Park, children are provided toolboxes, various building supplies, safety items and the freedom to create build-it-yourself play zones with the guidance of Staff. It is a wonderful experience for children to use their imagination and works with others to create a one-of-a-kind tree fort.

JayMarc Homes and Mercer Island Parks and Recreation are excited to be partnering with the local organization YouthBuild. In 2010, YouthCare established a YouthBuild program, an evidence-based affiliate of a national model with over 260 programs across the county. Throughout their six months in the program, participants ages 16-24 earn a high school diploma or equivalent, gain skills needed to join the workforce, and give back to the community by building affordable housing. Approximately 40 students graduate each year with six industry certifications and 38 college credits.

Admission to Adventure Playground is free, but we encourage participants to donate to YouthCare at (d0n’t forget to leave a little note!) or help support the playground be donating building supplies such as lumber, nails, tools and rope. To learn more about donating supplies, contact C.J. Stanford at


Location: Deane’s Children’s Park (5500 Island Crest Way, Mercer Island)

If you are coming to Mercer Island to visit the playground and want to call first to be sure it has not been closed due to inclement weather or any other reason, please call the Community Center at 206.275.7609.

Days/Dates/Times: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday*, June 26th through September 30th*, 1 pm to 4 pm

*In September, the playground is open only on Sundays. The facilities will be closed July 15th and September 2nd.

Ages: The minimum age to participate is 5 years old. Children under 12 must be with a parent. Children must be 12 years of age to be left unsupervised. Parents are encouraged to stay and play with their children.

Required: Closed toed, hard soled shoes are required. No one will be allowed into Adventure Playground wearing open toed shoes such as sandals or crocs.

Recommended: Even though Adventure Playground will provide a toolbox and supplies, they strongly encourage participants to bring their own hammers during public openings. Also encouraged is sunscreen, insect repellent and drinking water.

Download Adventure Playground Rules.



We are happy to be collaborating with Mercer Island Parks and Recreation and supporting the local Seattle organization, YouthCare.

Seattle YouthCare Holiday Drive

Categories: Giving Back | Posted: November 22, 2017

Join us this season is supporting the Seattle organization, YouthCare! YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing a continuum of care that includes outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training. This Summer we teamed up with their YouthBuild program at Mercer Island’s Adventure Playground and mentored a few individuals at our own homesites. YouthBuild has trained over 100,000 young people and built over 20,000 units of affordable housing. 30 young people a year bring their newly acquired construction skills to work on low-income housing at one of Habitat for Humanity’s local projects. When they are not on-site, they’re in the classroom working in their GED or high school diploma.

The winter months can be tough and brutal for many of Seattle’s homeless youth. Help support the YouthCare program by purchasing winter necessities these individuals need in order to keep safe and warm. Here is a link to their Amazon Wishlist.

Thank you for supporting YouthCare! 


If you are interested in learning more about YouthCare and other ways you can contribute, click here.

Read some of the amazing stories from youth who have been supported by YouthCare.

Demolishing Cancer with CanCan Education Program

Categories: Giving Back | Posted: December 28, 2016

CanCan Rivkin Center


Last September, CanCan, an ovarian and breast cancer education program merged with the Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer and hosted a fundraiser to raise money for the Rivkin Center program. 100% of the proceeds went towards the program. The event raised $400,000! What an exciting accomplishment!

An exciting part of the night was the Raise Your Paddles portion where everyone was invited to bid on items. JayMarc Homes participated in the event this year, donating two demolition experiences where you get to sit in an excavator and help the JayMarc team demolish a home!

Last week, the first family to purchase the demolition experience got to help demolish a home in Bellevue. After putting on their JayMarc hard hats, Ryan & Pratika Iyer got to business and spent most of the morning demolishing a home with the help of Rino Construction. It was a joy to watch and everyone had a great time!

Scroll down for some fun videos and a live video of the demolition!


Patrika & Ryan Iver CanCan Event

Pratika & Ryan Iyer in front of the home about to get demolished.


Pratika Demolishing the home

Pratika demolishing the garage.


Ryan demolishing the home

Ryan taking a go at demolishing the home.


A big shout out to Rino Construction for taking the video and helping out with the demolition.


JayMarc Homes is very proud to have contributed to the Rivkin Center and CanCan program and help in the fight to demolish cancer!

“In the Classroom” Event Teaches Kids About Business & Entrepreneurship

Categories: Giving Back | Posted: November 1, 2016

JayMarc Homes was thrilled to be selected to run one of YPO’s “In the Classroom” events on Sunday, October 23rd. YPO is a leadership organization that Marc Rousso, President of JayMarc Homes, has been an active member of for years. YPO has leaders and businesses in the community periodically organize In the Classroom events to teach local children about business and the inner workings of different kinds of companies.


We were excited to have the opportunity to work on the “In the Classroom” event and teach children about the residential development business, as well as some principles of entrepreneurship and success.


The event consisted of tours through a handful of JayMarc job sites to show the different phases of construction; from foundation to framing to drywall, and then we finished our day at a completed and staged model home. It was instrumental for the children to see and understand all of the moving pieces and safety requirements that go into every stage of building a home.


At the staged model home, we had a learning lunch where we spoke to the kids about how to start a business, and the importance of perseverance and creativity within entrepreneurship.


Big thanks to YPO for allowing us at JayMarc Homes to participate in this wonderful event series. We had almost as much fun as the kids did!


Second Use Helps Salvage Reusable Home Materials

Categories: Giving Back | Posted: October 13, 2016


Second Use Logo


JayMarc Homes is proud to be teaming up with Second Use, a company who reclaims building materials for reuse in the Puget Sound region. Second Use comes to our homes and removes several items such as hardwood, cabinets, lighting, appliances, plumbing, windows and doors. They take the materials back to their Sodo neighborhood store and items are sold to the public.

Second Use works with more than just builders. If you are planning a small remodel or a total overhaul, Second Use can help you reduce your impact on the environment and maximize your impact on the local community through salvaging reusable materials from your jobsite. If you elect to donate your materials, they will be sold to benefit local Habitat for Humanity affiliates so they can build more homes for people that really need them. Last year, Second Use diverted over 10,000 items from the landfill on behalf of Habitat for Humanity and has donated over $2,000,000 since 1997.

If you are interested in learning more about Second Use, visit


The Second Use truck parked outside of a JayMarc home in Mercer Island.

The Second Use truck getting ready to pull materials.

Second Use removing reusable material from a JayMarc Mercer Island home.

The Second Use team removing reusable materials.


Second Use Accomplishments in 2015

  • Second Use diverted 3,000 tons of waste from the landfill and donated over $200,000 to Habitat for Humanity.
  • 598 items are dropped off each week and 134 items are added to every day.
  • Their crew has salvaged 6.2K items.
  • 88.5K Items were rehomed through their store.
  • 400K gallons of gas conserved through reuse.

We are excited to be involved with a local company who helps encourage a healthy environment and helps Habitat for Humanity provide a home for those in need.


JayMarc at Teen Feed Seattle

Categories: Giving Back | Posted: June 28, 2016


JayMarc Homes helping make dinner at a Seattle Teen Feed

The JayMarc team after a fun night helping serve dinner at Teen Feed!


The JayMarc team had the opportunity to help out at a local Teen Feed in Seattle this month. Together, the team contributed to making a teriyaki dinner with a strawberry shortcake dessert. It brought joy to help serve a warm and yummy meal to those in need.

Teen Feed Mission 

Teen Feed works with the community to offer support to meet basic needs, build strong relationships, and ally with homeless youth as they meet their future off the streets. With the tremendous support of the community, Teen Feed responds to the most basic needs of the homeless and at-risk youth in the following focus areas: healthy meals and lives, youth support coordination, street outreach, healthcare access, and engaging the community through service. Teen Feed responds to the most basic needs of the homeless youth with four integrated programs: Teen Feed Meal Program, Street Talk Outreach Program (STOP), Service Links for Youth (SLY), and Youth Access to Care (YAC).


JayMarc Homes helping make dinner at a Seattle Teen Feed

Top: Lynda Meadows helping to prepare dinner. Thank you Lynda for organizing this event! | Bottom: Daniel Sessoms, Adrienne Buxbaum & Amanda Schmidt chopping veggies.


I was so excited to have the opportunity to give back to a community that I feel personally connected to. I have had people close to me that have struggled with homelessness and addictions, so when Lynda Meadows invited us to participate in Teen Feed, I knew it was going to be something worthwhile and powerful. I loved being able to work my coworkers outside of our typical job duties to cook a delicious meal for underprivileged teens, and can see Teen Feed being an organization that I would like to continue to be involved with in the future.

Adrienne Buxbaum, Events & Customer Experience Coordinator


The opportunity to prepare a warm meal and exchange a warm smile with some of the city’s youth provided a great feeling and it was nice knowing that we made our community just a little bit better that night! Our team all came in with high energy, lots of laughs, sous chef knife skills, and the willingness to have fun and pull together for a greater cause.

Mariel Ramos, Interior Design Assistant


JayMarc Homes team helping serve dinner at Seattle Teen Feed

Left: Daniel Sessoms and his son helping put together silverware. | Right: Lynda Meadows, Kate Lee, Kenady Hague & Adrienne Buxbaum passing out dinner.


Teen Feed Core Values

  1. All people are entitled to the basic human rights of health, safety, and self determination.
  2. We work to foster a sense of mutual respect with our clients. We recognize the autonomy of the youth we serve and respect their values and judgement.
  3. The young people we serve have the right to impart meaningful input to Teen Feed and our programs.
  4. We build and nurture relationships through consistency, trust, and mutual accountability.
  5. Homelessness is not a reflection of the merits of one’s character. We are all people of equal value; any of us could be in the same situation as the people we serve.


If you are interested in volunteering at Teen Feed, please click here.

Join JayMarc at the 2nd Annual Steps and Reps!

Categories: Events, Giving Back | Posted: June 8, 2016

2nd Annual Steps and Reps Mercer Island

When: Sunday, June 19th (Father’s Day)

Time: 9:00 AM (Please arrive no later than 8:45 AM)

Where: Mercerdale Park – 77th SE & SE 32nd, Mercer Island, WA 98040

Featuring live beats by our very own Marc Rousso



Join us for the second annual Steps & Reps Family Sweat Session, an outdoor workout held in beautiful Mercerdale Park created in memory of Joey Abramson. The event will be lead by top notch trainers from Renew Fitness and Mercer Island Athletic Club, and is designed for all fitness levels and family members. The one hour workout will commence with a brisk walk/run up and down the Mercerdale Park stairs and will be followed by heart-pumping bootcamp style exercises on the Mercerdale Park field. New this year – Push Ups, Planks and Pull Ups Competition!

Cost is $20 per adult and $5 per child. 100% of the proceeds will go directly towards the Steps & Reps fund for purchasing a new piece of outdoor equipment for one of the Mercer Island parks. Additional donations are greatly appreciated. Please consider donating here.


A big thank you to Michelle Cartmel and Avi Freedman for founding this event in honor of Joey.



Joey lost his battle to cancer in 2013. Joey’s passion for fitness was infectious, and he loved recruiting his friends for outdoor workouts. In 2014, a few of Joey’s friends donated an outdoor piece of fitness equipment and plaque in his name which are installed in Mercerdale Park to honor the memory of him as a loving father, husband and friend.

2015 Cycle the WAVE Success!

Categories: Giving Back | Posted: September 30, 2015


The 2015 Cycle the WAVE was a total success! The JayMarc Homes team had a blast while helping out at our sponsored rest stop. There were so many great cyclists out riding in support of the event.


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The JayMarc rest stop was located at Tibbetts Valley in Issaquah, WA. The team put together some delicious PB&J sandwiches, along with some fruit, chocolate and even potatoes! The local fire station brought out a fire truck and handed out Hot Tamales and there were various food vendors in our area as well. Eastside Catholic cheerleaders gave a big hoorah as the cyclists came through the rest stop.


2015 Cycle the WAVE - JayMarc Homes 2015 Cycle the WAVE - JayMarc Homes


It was great getting to meet and talk with the cyclists as they rested up before finishing their ride. Not to mention, several outfits were so creative and fun to see!


2015 Cycle the WAVE - JayMarc Homes

The JayMarc Team at our official 2015 Cycle the WAVE rest stop!

We would like to congratulate the top fundraising team, Lakemont Cycling Club! They collected $10,920. Overall, the 2015 Cycle the WAVE event raised $181,622! What a great achievement. Everyone from JayMarc was honored to be a part of the race and help raise funds for domestic violence programs across Washington State.

2015 Cycle the WAVE

Categories: Giving Back | Posted: September 17, 2015

2015 Cycle the Wave Logo


JayMarc is a proud sponsor of the 2015 Cycle the WAVE (Women Against Violence Everywhere). It is a fully supported, non-competitive, all-women’s cycling event. The goals of the event are to experience camaraderie, increase awareness of domestic violence through visibility and to raise funds for domestic violence programs across Washington State.


Date: Sunday, September 20th 2015

Start Location: Bellevue College – Bellevue, WA

Depart Time: 7 am


Cycle the WAVE Impact

“Promoting a just society through awareness education, grant-making and community building. This mission had particular significance to grassroots group of individuals from the Bellevue and Issaquah area who in 2008 learned that 1 in 4 women would experience domestic violence in their lifetimes. Their households being compromised of high school age ‘children’ who had begun dating compelled them to begin the conversation for a difficult, often unspoken topic and WAVE was born. The passion to change the culture of violence has extended well beyond the safety and peace for their own children and grown to encompass the fabric of social responsibility that each individual deserves.”


Cycle the WAVE started in 2008 and has since raised over $800,000! The money goes directly to Domestic Violence related agencies and non-profits.




Cycle the WAVE riders


This year, JayMarc is sponsoring a Rest Stop at Tibbets Valley Park, located in Issaquah. Many JayMarc team members are going to be helping out by making PB&J sandwiches and handing out fun goodies to passing cyclists. We are excited to be supporting such a great cause!

If you would like to contribute a donation to the event, please click here!

For more information on Cycle the WAVE, click here.