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Patches Pal Washington state license plates benefitting Seattle Children’s are now available through the Washington State Department of Licensing! Registration fees vary depending on the your vehicle, so contact your local licensing agency for more information on your costs.
Visit the DOL website for more information: https://www.dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration/sp-patches-pal.html
NOTICE: There is currently a delay in shipping of special plates and we've received this statement from WSP Correctional Industries, who manufacture them:
"Unfortunately, the printing equipment we use for the specialty plates has been down and with many attempts to repair it has been deemed unrepairable. We currently have replacement equipment on order which of course takes some time to receive and install so we have asked our Vendor to produce the images to sheeting for us at this time. Our team is working very hard toward the demand for these plates and many like it, we thank you so very much for supporting our program and we are truly sorry for any inconvenience for your group."
While there is no ETA for when the plates will be available, the DOL is still taking registrations for them and will issue temporary paper plates until the final ones are ready.
Thank you, Patches Pals! We raised over $20,000 in the Patches Pal license plate auction benefitting Seattle Children's! The highest amount paid for a single plate was $2330 for plate # JP00008! The Patches Pal special plates will be available to the general public beginning October 1st, 2022. We can't wait to see them on the roads!
We are holding an online auction to purchase 20 low-numbered Patches Pal Washington State license plates!
Patches Pals can get an early jump on purchasing the plates by participating in our online auction from July 21st - 31st, 2022. This auction is an advance opportunity to bid on coveted low-numbered Patches Pal plates. Available numbers in this auction are JP00004 - JP00021, JP00023 and JP00025. Low-numbered license plates are desirable to collectors as a way of showing they were among the first to purchase these plates. The remaining Patches Pal special plates will be available to the general public beginning October 1st, 2022.
Proceeds from the plates and the auction will benefit Seattle Children’s cancer immunotherapy research, which is focusing on harnessing the patient’s own immune system to cure their cancer.
Winning bidders must be registered owners of vehicle/s registered in Washington state and will be responsible for Washington Department of Licensing special plate registration and renewal fees. Visit the DOL website for more information: https://www.dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration/specialdesign.html
Ending times will be staggered 30 minutes for each item beginning with the lowest available number. Winning bidders will be notified. If you are not the winning bidder for an item you may then bid on the next available lowest number. Bidders may bid on multiple plates at the same time if they wish to purchase multiple plates.
For more information on how to participate in the auction, go to: JPPatches.com/auction
After six years of trying, the Washington State Legislature has finally passed SB 5741, the Patches Pals license plate bill! Thanks to the tireless efforts of the J.P. Patches License Plate Committee, Erik Madsen, Chris Rimple, Curt Hanks and Eve Kopp, along with bill sponsors Senators John Lovick, Jamie Pedersen, Steve Conway, T'wina Nobles, Rebecca Saldaña, Lisa Wellman and Claire Wilson, Governor Jay Inslee signed the bill to create the Patches Pals special license plate on Wednesday March 30th, 2022!
Click here to watch Governor Inslee sign the bill (jump to 27:30).
The Patches Pals plates are expected to be available to purchase when you renew your vehicle registration beginning around October 1st, 2022. More information will be available at the Department of Licensing website.
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.
We have met our goal of 3,500 signatures from Washington state residents in order to be considered by the Department of Licensing.
Proceeds from the plates will benefit Seattle Children’s cancer immunotherapy research, which is focusing on harnessing the patient’s own immune system to cure their cancer.
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 continues to generate gifts 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.
It's a shame to cover up your smile, but now you can wear the famous smile of J.P. or Gertrude! Sure to bring a spark of joy and nostalgia to all who recognize it! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Seattle Children's.
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