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Bill Radke, MIYFS Breakfast MC

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Giving From the Heart: MIYFS Foundation 22nd Annual Breakfast

As the editor of Mercer Island City Lifestyle, I've witnessed numerous stories of community spirit and resilience. Yet, none resonate quite like the impact of Mercer Island Youth and Family Services (MIYFS) and its unwavering bond with our community. This bond is epitomized by Bill Radke, a familiar face and voice to many on the island, and a dedicated parent of three.

On a bright morning at the south-end Starbucks (another amazing MIYFSF partner), I sat down with Bill to discuss the upcoming 22nd Annual MIYFS Breakfast. This event isn't just a fundraiser; it's a symbol of our island's unity and compassion.

I was curious about Bill's enduring commitment as the MC for this event. "Bill, what drives you to dedicate your time to the MIYFS Annual Breakfast year after year?" I asked.

Bill's eyes lit up as he spoke. "Sharon, it's about the connection that MIYFS fosters across Mercer Island. In a world where isolation is rampant, MIYFS acts as a unifying force. It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from; MIYFS is there for everyone, creating a sense of belonging and community."

He paused, reminiscing about the diverse groups of people brought together by MIYFS. "It's a day that goes beyond fundraising. It's a day where we celebrate our collective spirit and the ties that bind us."

Turning the conversation to this year's breakfast, I asked, "What message do you hope to convey to encourage support this year?"

Bill responded earnestly, "It's about turning our good fortune into meaningful change. Supporting MIYFS is an opportunity to convert our financial success into communal well-being. It's not just a donation; it's an investment in our island's future."

As our conversation delved deeper, I brought up a crucial point. "Financial stability doesn't equate to a life free of challenges. MIYFS understands this, don't they?"

"Absolutely," Bill agreed. "Money isn't a shield from life's difficulties. MIYFS provides essential services like counseling and support, not just for those facing financial hardships but for anyone in need of guidance or a sympathetic ear. Their presence in every school is a testament to their commitment to our youth's overall health."

As our interview concluded, I reflected on the profound impact MIYFS has on our community. The upcoming breakfast isn't just an event; it's a manifestation of Mercer Island's compassion and generosity. As I walked away, I felt a renewed sense of pride and hope for our community, united by the heart and soul of MIYFS.


MIYFS organization and programs are so much more than just a service provider; it's the heartbeat of Mercer Island, bringing us all together in support, understanding, and mutual care.  All are welcome to attend the 22nd Annual MIYFSF Breakfast, Tuesday, February 7 at the Mercer Island Community and Events Center - register online at Find more information about MIYFS programs at

Bill Radke is the host of “Week in Review” on KUOW-FM Seattle, and Mercer Island father of three teens and two cats with his wife Sara Bowen.

As the story of Bill Radke and Sharon Perez’s conversation unfolds, it paints a vivid picture of the deep-rooted love and commitment the Mercer Island community has for MIYFS, and the vital role it plays in bringing the island together.

Bill leans in, his eyes reflecting the passion he holds for the community. "MIYFS is more than just a service provider; it's a lifeline that connects the entire island. In today's world, where isolation is all too common, MIYFS brings us together, regardless of our backgrounds, ages, or financial situations.

  • Bill Radke, MIYFS Breakfast MC