Photo of Kirkland Kids Picked As Finalist in Patch's Halloween Contest

Kate Kolesar's picture of her daughters in Ewok outfits has been selected as one of the 10 finalists out of entries from more than 850 Patch sites nationwide.

A cute and imaginative image taken by Kirkland’s Kate Kolesar of her twin daughters in Ewok costumes has been selected as one of 10 finalists in Patch’s nationwide Halloween photo contest.

The grand prize went to a photo -- of a headless boy -- uploaded on Patch’s site in Wyckoff, New Jersey.

But as one of 10 finalists chosen from those entered on more than 850 Patch sites across America, the Kolesar photo earns a donation of $1,031 to the charity of Kate's choice, the Neema Foundation.

"That's wonderful," said Kolesar, who lives in the Totem Lake area. "The girls are all excited because I'm excited."

Kate used teddy bear oufits and made the Ewok headdresses herself -- Ewoks are characters from the Stars Wars films, by the way -- and then posed the kids in the forest of Redmond's .

"Our family is Star Wars heavy," she explained. "The girls (Grace, left, and  Clare) are two-and-a-half, so they don't really know about Stars Wars and Ewoks."

The Kirkland-based Neema Foundation is an effort to empower the children of Tanzania through education and access to technology. It was created by Kate's best friend, Katie Perez, a longtime Microsoft program manager and also a Kirkland resident.

"She's an amazing girl, very active around Kirkland, and she started this program" after a visit to Tanzania, Kolesar said. "She met a little girl named Neema and just fell in love."

Meantime, the grand prize winner of the Patch contest was selected by supermodel Heidi Klum, earning the winners a three-day, two-night trip for two to New York or Los Angeles, including a meet and greet with Heidi, plus a donation of $1,031 to a local charity of their choice. Be sure to support Heidi Klum’s efforts to feed the hungry. Visit Trick or Treat for UNICEF! And find more of Heidi’s Halloween favorites at heidiklum.aol.com.

Out of more than 2,700 entries, here are the top 10 finalists from the contest:

  • Fort Stewart Patch
  • Acworth Patch
  • Wyckoff Patch
  • Ridgefield Patch
  • Danvers Patch
  • Windham Patch
  • Kirkland Patch.
  • Redondo Beach Patch
  • St. Charles Patch
  • Darien, IL Patch


Kirkland Patch would like to thank the Kolesar family -- congratulations Kate, Clare and Grace!

Jeanne Gustafson November 04, 2011 at 06:21 PM
Congratulations, Kate and family, and thanks for participating with your adorable daughters!


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