Jim Marriott needs our help!

$40,200 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 254 people in 29 months
Holly Dinning Smith
on behalf of james marriott
 KIRKLAND, WA
As the chef and owner of Cafe Juanita I have had the pleasure to call Jim Marriott my friend for 16 years.  Jim spent 14 years caring for guests and making our restaurant the best it could be every day.  I am very grateful to Jim and have endeavored the last 2 years to find ways to support him as he has struggled with a diagnosis of Parkinson's.

For those of us who know Jim the word service is always one of the first that comes to mind.  Jim spent his entire career in service. His friends know that he lives his life in service to friends and family.  Jim has always put others before himself.  He was a devoted son, and has always been a devoted friend, employee and community member.

Jim planned to work "forever". His work was truly a joy for him, the connection with guests so important.   Jim has Parkinson's that is progressing and was unable to rejoin the Cafe Juanita team after our remodel last year.  Jim's financial plan was to work for at least another ten years and unfortunately due to the debilitating progression of his illness that plan has been upended.  Jim needs our help. 

If Jim touched your life, cared for you or your family please take a moment to help the man who will never ask for the help that he needs.  I am doing this fundraising without his knowledge but with the support of everyone who knows his situation.  

Jim has a generous spirit that has always put others first.  He needs our help and I appreciate everyone's time and compassion.
warmly, 
Holly Smith, chef owner, Cafe Juanita
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Janet
1 month ago

I was just thinking of Jim and found the go fund me I haven’t seen or heard from him in a while One of the sweetest people I have ever known I would love to know how to talk to him He is in my prayers

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$40,200 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 254 people in 29 months
Created October 2, 2016
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TH
$150
Tom Hickey
7 days ago

To the best in the business. Hang tough my man!

LW
$280
Laura Wilbur
1 month ago

I donated because Jim always gave Tim and I excellent service, and we would ask for one of his tables when coming in. We loved talking with him and this is our small way of giving back to him what he gave to us in so many different ways.

JZ
$250
James Zeller
2 months ago

...I wish Jim well.

EC
$100
Ellen Chu
2 months ago

I have known Jim through Cafe Juanita since 1986, when my husband and I first dined there. Eleven years later, my husband died, but my children and I continued to visit the restaurant almost every year for special occasions. The children have literally been served (elegantly) by Jim for their entire lives. For us, he embodies all that is good in the world.

$50
Anonymous
2 months ago
$100
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2 months ago
$50
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2 months ago
AF
$50
Angela Fleagle
2 months ago

I was waiting tables at Cafe Juanita when Jim first started working there. We had a lot of fun working together! It has been many years since then... perhaps over twenty? But I have fond memories of those fun times. I am sad to hear of Jim's health issues, and wish him well. Please send him a big hello from me!

Janet
1 month ago

I was just thinking of Jim and found the go fund me I haven’t seen or heard from him in a while One of the sweetest people I have ever known I would love to know how to talk to him He is in my prayers

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