Jim Marriott needs our help!

$41,825 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 264 people in 32 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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Piano
1 month ago

How can i help ? I can donate my time and play piano for any of his fund a free of charge if that help and i will provide my own digital piano and speakers if need it . Mike Mansour Pianist

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Janet
5 months 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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$41,825 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 264 people in 32 months
Created October 2, 2016
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JD
$100
Jeanne Daly
2 hours ago

Working with Jim during the Peter Dow years and the first few years with Holly are etched in my mind with gratitude. Learned a lot from you Jim; about hard work and appreciation for a job well done. My thoughts are with you. Jeanne ( and Vinnie).

KM
$25
Kyle McCarron
2 days ago
FR
$300
Frank Russell
10 days ago

Holly's Great Restaurant was made more glorious by his caring service

VC
$100
Vy Chu
15 days ago
JV
$100
Justin Voskuhl
15 days ago
HS
$100
Holly Standly
2 months ago

Holly is one of the kindest people I have ever met! What a sweet person.

DC
$500
Dan Caldwell
2 months ago

Jim is a one of a kind. Always smiling, wanting to help, and gracious. A wonderful spirit through and through.

RP
$100
Robert & Robin Philpott
3 months ago

If you ever had the opportunity to meet Jim he would be in your heart forever.

AJ
$250
ANDREA JONES
3 months ago

Jim has a fond place in my memories of very special evenings at Café Juanita. I'm sorry that he has contracted this disease, and hope that he finds comfort in knowing how much love is coming his way.

JK
$50
JW Kirby
3 months ago

My wife and I have had some amazing culinary experiences at Cafe Juanita, and I think Jim has been part of one or two of them. The heart of the chef and the staff comes through every time we are there, as it does in this circumstance. Best to Jim!

Piano
1 month ago

How can i help ? I can donate my time and play piano for any of his fund a free of charge if that help and i will provide my own digital piano and speakers if need it . Mike Mansour Pianist

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Janet
5 months 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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