Making Great Strides toward a cure for cystic fibrosis

By Kalvin Valdillez

On the morning of July 7, over one-hundred and fifty community members laced up their best pair of walking shoes and gathered at the Tulalip Amphitheater for the annual Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Walk. 2018 marks the organization’s thirtieth anniversary as well as the tenth anniversary since the first Great Strides Walk took place here in Tulalip. Great Strides Tulalip was organized by two local mothers of children living with cystic fibrosis (CF) who wanted to help find a cure for the life-threatening disease. Since then, the walk continues to raise awareness, helping the community get a better understanding of what CF actually is. 

CF is a rare, complex genetic disease which causes an excessive buildup of thick mucus in the lungs as well as the pancreas and other organs throughout the body. People living with CF are prone to respiratory and pancreatic issues and also a number of infections due to bacteria buildup. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, more than thirty-thousand people are living with CF nationwide. Due to years of research and scientific advancement, the average lifetime for people living with CF has increased significantly to the age of forty. Circa the 1950’s the average child living with the disease rarely made it to elementary school. 

“There are eightwalks we put on across Washington and Alaska,” states Washington CFF Development Director, Anna Lester. “We have about six-hundred and fifty thousand dollars raised and around twenty-five hundred to three-thousand walkers across the two states. It’s the CFF’s largest fundraising initiative, nationally there’s around five-hundred walks and forty-million dollars raised. This walk is the only walk north of Seattle in Washington.”

Kelsie Pablo co-founded Great Strides Tulalip to help find a cure for her son, Keldan, who was diagnosed with CF at birth. 

“We start at the Tulalip Amphitheater and walk all the way around the Outlet Mall, around Boom City and cut through the Casino for about a three mile walk,” says Kelsie. “I started this walk with another mom ten years ago. And the reason why I started the walk is because my son has cystic fibrosis. The very first year we did the Seattle walk and that was a long commute for all of our families so we thought, why not start one in Tulalip?

“My son is a Tulalip tribal member and we have a huge group of supporters and we’ve just grown so much in these past ten years,” she continues. “We’re out here raising awareness for CF and all the money that we raise goes towards new medication, ultimately medication that will cure the underlying cause of CF.”

Over the course of its ten year run, the walk has inspired many families in the Snohomish County area to join on behalf of a loved one living with CF. A number of families’ and local organizations register as teams to participate in the walk. Each team wears different color t-shirts, displaying graphics that bring awareness to the disease, as well as the name of their teams such as Team Keldan and Team Alicia. This year there were twelve teams fundraising to help bring an end to the CF disease. 

Several Tulalip Lions Club members attend the Great Strides Tulalip event every year, volunteering their time and assistance to ensure the walk’s a success. Many members also help spread the word leading up to the event, bringing out more and more walkers each year.

“I have been a member from the very beginning of the walk,” says Linda Tolbert, Tulalip Lions Club Community Services Chairwoman. “We’ve had Lions Club members from Arlington, Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, Seven Lakes, Marysville, Stanwood, Mill Creek and Tulalip participate. Our role is getting more people involved so they’re more aware of CF. Most patients have to take thirty to forty different drugs a day just to survive, we want to find a cure.”

Once all of the CF awareness walkers make their way back to the amphitheater, they’re treated to some midmorning entertainment as a live band plays rock n’ roll classics while participants get a chance to enjoy company and a snack, bringing the Great Strides Tulalip event to a close. 

This year the goal for the teams of Great Strides Tulalip was a combined total of $34,004. Although the goal wasn’t met on the day the event took place, supporters can still make contributions to the team of their choice until December 31, by visiting the Tulalip 2018 page at

Foreigner rocks Tulalip Amphitheatre

Foreigner at the Tulalip Amphitheater. Photos/Micheal Rios


By Micheal Rios, Tulalip News

On the evening of Friday, July 8, legendary rock band Foreigner brought their formidable musical arsenal and enduring rock & roll anthems to the sold-out Tulalip Amphitheatre. With an energetic full capacity crowd on hand, Tulalip Resort Casino’s annual Summer Series continued to live up to its hype of mixing top tier musicians and a stellar atmosphere.


Star Nayea opened the show.
Star Nayea opened the show.

The opening act on this night was well-known Native American recording artist and GRAMMY winner Star Nayea. A self-described truth teller through music, Star used her soulful and powerful voice to perform several of her moving songs that are in her own blues/pop/rock mold that is unmistakable her own. After her set, the crowd was visibly anxious for the main act, one of the most popular rock acts in the world, Foreigner.

The Foreigner lineup that took the stage at the Tulalip Amphitheatre didn’t contain any original members from when the group took the rock & roll world by storm in the ‘70s and ‘80s. However, the current members did have the classic rock group’s catalog of hit songs and an electric energy that was enough to keep the sold-out crowd on its feet, while dancing and singing along with the band for the entire hour and thirty minute set.

Kelly Hansen, the lead singer and rock vocalist, is an energetic front man, strutting and posing on stage from the jump, as the band opened their set with “Double Vision” and “Head Games”. Taking it up a notch, Hansen literally took his energy to his fans when he hopped off stage and ran around the floor of the Amphitheatre high-fiving his beloved fans while performing “Cold as Ice”.





The band put their signature stamp on an acoustic “Say You Will,” with Tom Gimbel setting aside his guitar for a flute intro. Gimbel later took center stage to bring sax appeal to “Urgent,” adding a prolonged solo, a highlight of the evening.

The crowd was blown away while witnessing a genuine classic rock & roll band making their legendary music with real deal instruments and bonafide talent, no gimmicks or vocal synthesizers like what’s commonly found in the music industry today. Everything that goes into the Foreigner experience is authentic rock & roll, the way it was meant to be.

For the duration of the evening, the band provided their patented arena rock flair to the intimate venue that is the Tulalip Amphitheatre. Classic hit after classic hit was performed until the energy reached its pinnacle with a full-on jam session version of “Jukebox Hero”.




The encore included “I Want to Know What Love Is,” which featured the Voices Northwest choir (out of Everett) providing backup vocals. Foreigner donated $500 to the choir for appearing with the band and while the choir also sold Foreigner CDs at the concert to raise monies for Foreigner’s charity partner, The Grammy Foundation.  Both Foreigner and The Grammy Foundation are intent upon helping to keep music education available to students as part of the core curriculum in high schools throughout North America.

The night-ended with a rousing performance of “Hot Blooded” that had everyone jumping, singing, and rocking all the way out. Forty years of excellent music artistry and a catalogue of hits that is unrivaled is what Foreigner brought to the live Tulalip Amphitheatre concert.



Yes bassist Squire likes touring in ‘Roundabout’ way


Bassist Chris Squire is the only member of Yes who has been with the band the entire time since 1969. The group will perform Aug. 21 at the Tulalip Amphitheater.— image credit: Courtesy photo
Bassist Chris Squire is the only member of Yes who has been with the band the entire time since 1969. The group will perform Aug. 21 at the Tulalip Amphitheater.
— image credit: Courtesy photo

By: Steve Powell, Arlington Times

TULALIP – Despite the “Long Distance Runaround,” original bassist Chris Squire still enjoys touring with Yes after 45 years.

The classic rock band Yes will be appearing at the Tulalip Amphitheater at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, as part of their 35-stop world tour, which ends with five shows in Japan. Tickets start at $30.

Squire said he doesn’t get tired of touring; it energizes him to see the varied ages in the crowd.

“It’s really cool to see the younger kids interested in us,” he said by phone from Tucson, Ariz., Aug. 11. “The production gets better as it goes along, making it more enjoyable.”

Yes just released a new album July 8, called “Heaven and Earth,” and that’s been invigorating for Squire as well.

“It’s musically challenging to play your own music live after being in the studio,” he said.

On the tour, Yes is playing a couple of its new songs and greatest hits, but the majority of the show is from the older albums Fragile and Close to the Edge. Some of their best-known songs are: “Roundabout, Owner of a Lonely Heart, Long Distance Runaround, I’ve Seen All Good People and Heart of the Sunrise.” Squire’s bass is featured in “The Fish,” written in 1969 and the reason for his nickname, along with him being a Pisces.

Another reason he is enjoying this tour is working with new singer Jon Davison.

“We started writing music together, and it’s made life more interesting for me,” he said.

The rest of the band consists of Steve Howe on guitar and Alan White on drums, both of whom have been with Yes for most of its existence, and Geoff Downes on keys.

Squire was born in London in 1948 and was inspired to play the bass by the Beatles Paul McCartney and to sing by the duo of Simon and Garfunkle. But the music of Yes has never sounded a bit like either of those artists. It has a complex, unique sound that is not classified as “pop.”

“We are more technocrats, using machine sounds and lots of elements. There’s a lot to get right,” Squire said.

Despite that, he said he doesn’t want people to just listen to their music. He likes for people to dance to it, too.

“I try to think of both kinds of people when writing music,” he said.

Yes has done so many songs over the years, Squire said he can’t pick one he likes to play the most.

“They’re like children. I can’t pick a favorite,” he said.

Squire also couldn’t pick a favorite performance.

“Over the years there’s been so many great shows,” he said. “We’ve been fortunate that Yes hasn’t had too much of a dark side – keep my fingers crossed.”

Squire said songs by Yes and other classic rock bands were all over the radio in the 1970s and ’80s, but stations don’t seem to play their newer music much. He was hoping satellite radio might pick up that slack, but it hasn’t.

“There’s not an outlet for it. I’m the biggest fan of The Who but I couldn’t name one track off their newest album,” he said.

Squire used to have a reputation as the wild man of the band, but that has changed now that he’s married and has a 5-year-old daughter.

In the background Squire’s wife said maybe that’s why her husband hasn’t heard new music from older bands.

“Our car radio has been tuned to Disney the last five years,” he said with a laugh.

“Red Rocker” Sammy Hagar Performs Under the Stars at Tulalip Amphitheatre

Tulalip, Washington — The “Red Rocker”, Sammy Hagar, will be making a first, much anticipated appearance at the Tulalip Resort Casino Amphitheatre on Thursday, August 15.  A multi-platinum, outgoing, bombastic front man of hard rock champions Van Halen, Hagar is a member in good standing of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He will be releasing his first solo album in five years on September 24, 2013.  Hagar has enlisted three legendary musicians – Toby Keith, Mickey Hart and Taj Mahal – to round out the final three tracks of the album to be titled: “Sammy Hagar and Friends.”
Son of a steel worker and onetime professional boxer, Hagar burst on the scene as the lead vocalist of Montrose, whose “Rock Candy” has gone on to become a certified rock classic. After a string of eight solo albums, culminating with the million-sellers “Standing Hampton,”  “Three Lock Box” and “V.O.A.,” and hundreds of sold out concert appearances across the country, Hagar joined Van Halen in 1985. He took the band to unprecedented heights, including four consecutive No. 1 albums.  Sammy also thrived as a solo artist, with his band the Waboritas, and returned to Van Halen to lead a triumphant 2004 reunion tour. He has played with a succession of genius guitar players, from Ronnie Montrose and Neal Schon, to Eddie Van Halen and Joe Satriani from his current group, Chickenfoot, which also features former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.Following Hagar’s concert, the rest of the summer line-up:

Sunday, August 18:  Melissa Etheridge
Rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, winner of an Academy Award for Best Original Song, and Double Grammy Winner.
Sunday, August 25:  Foreigner
This British-American band is one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time.  Mick Jones and Lou Gramm were just inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Saturday, September 7:  Doobie Brothers & America

The Doobie Brothers have been inducted into the Vocal Hall of Fame with hits like “Listen to the Music”; Grammy winners America has charted No. 1 hits like “A Horse with No Name” and “Sister Golden Hair”.

Tulalip Resort also offers guest room/up close ticket packages.  Both reserved seating and general admission concert tickets are available and can be purchased in person at the Tulalip Resort Casino Rewards Club box office located on the casino floor, or online at Unless otherwise noted, the doors open at 5pm and concerts start at 7pm for all shows. All concert dates and times are subject to change. Guests must be 21 and over to attend.