After 24 years of fundraising, and over $19,000,000 generated for Northwest children’s charities, the Detlef Schrempf Foundation is saying farewell.  Our final events, the Ripple of Giving Gala, and the Celebrity Golf Classic will be June 24-25, 2017.

Please accept our deep gratitude in supporting us with sponsorship, donations, volunteerism and recognition, as well as expanding our family of charities and the ability to make a positive impact on all.  It’s been an amazing journey!The Detlef Schrempf Foundation is committed to supporting organizations that provide hope, care and assistance to children and families of the Northwest.


The Detlef Schrempf Foundation was formed on January 1, 1996 by Detlef Schrempf and his wife, Mari, as a result of their belief in the value of a solid family life, and the desire to give back to a community that has given them so much.   The Detlef Schrempf Foundation serves as a fundraising entity for Northwest children’s charities, enabling organizations to expand their own fundraising efforts.  The foundation’s vision is to assist these support organizations in their quest to provide children a better chance at succeeding in life.   

Detlef Schrempf spent most of his basketball career in Washington State.  In his senior year he transferred from Germany to attend Centralia High School, and then University of Washington. 
Detlef was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in 1985, was later traded to the Indiana Pacers.  In November 1993, he made his way back to the Pacific Northwest and became a member of the Seattle Sonics.  For the 1999-2001 seasons, Detlef signed with the Portland Trailblazers. 
After a 16-year career in the NBA, including being named three-time All-Star, and awarded the NBA 6th Man of the Year award for the 1991/1992 season, Detlef retired from playing after the 2001 season.   For two years, Detlef then served as an Assistant Coach to the Sonics until they moved to Oklahoma.  

In 2010, Detlef Schrempf became Partner and Director of Business Development at Coldstream Capital, a wealth management firm in Bellevue, Washington.                                                                                                            

Mari Schrempf, a native of Augsburg, Germany, is a community advocate, dedicating much of her time to charitable causes and the Detlef Schrempf Foundation committees and events. 

Mari has served on several non-profit boards as advisor or trustee, including: Pediatric Interim Care Center, YWCA, FosStars, Overlake Hospital, Eastside Catholic High School and Rise n' Shine.  Both Detlef and Mari Schrempf have co-chaired numerous fundraisers, including Kindering Center, Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, and the Annual Detlef Schrempf Celebrity Golf and Gala Weekend, which began in 1994.

Detlef and Mari have been the recipients of many awards for their dedication to children in the Northwest, including, Children’s Alliance Outstanding Advocate Award, Best of Bellevue’s Extra Mile for Kids and theBellevue Boys and Girls Club Community Award.  In 2012 Detlef received the 77th Annual Sports Star of the Year – Paul Allen Award.

Detlef and Mari have raised two sons, Alex and Michael and reside in Bellevue, Washington.

St Pat's Dash

Gala & Auction

Golf Classic