The OFFICIAL website of Seattle’s Favorite Clown!
Well, we’ve had a set back on the Patches Pal license plates, at least for this year, but all is not lost! There’s still hope for next year!
The House Transportation Committee Chair, Rep. Judy Clibborn, has informed us that her committee will not be running any special license plate bills this session. She cites the fact that DOL is in the process of switching to new IT equipment and that this is a short session.
The good news: Rep Clibborn says, “I have no problem doing them next year.”
Rep. Lovick will be happy to sponsor again in the 2019 session, and will drop the bill in the hopper at the earliest possible date.
Thanks to Michael Schendel for getting the ball rolling with Rep. Stanford, who in turn got Rep. Lovick to sponsor the bill, and to Kevin Jones for getting word through to Rep. Graves to co-sponsor the non-partisan bill.
Thanks again to all of the key players: Erik Madsen, Eve Mercado Kopp, Curt Hanks, Chris Rimple, and Ann Gifford over at the Legislature for getting all of the necessary players together – as well as all of YOU for the effort thus far!
Those who grew up in the Pacific Northwest know how beloved and significant J.P. Patches and Gertrude were to our culture. Played by Chris Wedes and Bob Newman, they created one of the longest running children’s television shows in American history (1958 – 1981) and were an important part of the fabric of our community for decades after. In order to commemorate and pay tribute to their legacy, we’re working to galvanize the community to support the creation of a Patches Pals Washington State special license plate.
Proceeds from the plates will benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital Strong Against Cancer program, a philanthropic initiative with worldwide implications for potentially curing childhood cancers through immunotherapy treatments.
We have met our goal of 3,500 signatures from Washington state residents in order to be considered by the Department of Licensing.
Seattle Children’s and J.P. Patches have a long history together going back to the early 1960’s. J.P. & Gertrude often visited the hospital, entertaining patients, families, and staff. During the 1970’s, J.P. and friends made a significant donation to the hospital, funding the J.P. Patches Playroom. The J.P. and Gertrude statue, located in Fremont, also generated a significant gift for Seattle Children’s at the behest of Chris Wedes and his wife, Joanie.
Over time, it is expected that the special J.P. Patches license plate could raise as much as $250,000 or more for cancer immunotherapy research at Seattle Children’s. Immunotherapy is a groundbreaking new treatment that harnesses the power of a patient’s immune system in order to seek and destroy cancer cells, limiting the need for toxic treatments like chemotherapy and radiation.