Our 2011 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala is now his­to­ry. After months of plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion, the big night final­ly arrived… and we had a blast!

On behalf of NPI’s staff and board, I want to thank every­one who par­tic­i­pat­ed in the event, par­tic­u­lar­ly our Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies, Bob Fer­gu­son, and our speak­ers — Tim­o­thy Ford, Reuven Car­lyle, Scott Mack­lin, Jay Inslee, and Peter Steinbrueck.

We had a full line­up, but the dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives made for a very refresh­ing and diverse speak­ing pro­gram. That’s some­thing we strive for — it’s some­thing peo­ple have told us over and over that they love about the event.

Addi­tion­al­ly, I want to thank Don Mock, Steve Kim, and Jacques Willis for the won­der­ful music they pro­vid­ed. They have a sweet sound, and we very much enjoyed it dur­ing the recep­tion (and after­wards, as we were break­ing down).

We also had out­stand­ing bar ser­vice thanks to our spon­sors Jes­si­ca Green­way and Ken Nel­son. A big thank you to them for tak­ing on that responsibility.

NPI's 2011 Spring Fundraising Gala
Guests lis­ten to Peter Stein­brueck­’s keynote address at NPI’s 2011 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala (Pho­to: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

While we are still adding up the receipts, I’m pleased to report that we did well, as in past years. The suc­cess of this event will allow us to make new invest­ments in dig­i­tal infra­struc­ture that will great­ly ben­e­fit our exist­ing projects and per­mit us to launch addi­tion­al ones.

As I men­tioned dur­ing my remarks, tomor­row we will begin accept­ing nom­i­na­tions for the Lynn Allen Fel­low­ship. The Fel­low­ship is an oppor­tu­ni­ty for young pro­gres­sives to learn orga­niz­ing skills and prac­tice the art of bring­ing peo­ple togeth­er (as opposed to just study­ing it).

Appli­cants who are accept­ed will help NPI and NWroots orga­nize the 2011 NWrootsCon­fer­ence, tak­ing place this July 9th in Pio­neer Square. They’ll also assist us in pre­serv­ing Lyn­n’s lega­cy online at Rebuild­ing Democ­ra­cy.

Lynn did a good deal of the heavy lift­ing required to pull off the first NWroots Con­fer­ences. I know because she and I worked togeth­er on those events. She had expe­ri­ence that I did not, and her exper­ence helped me become a bet­ter orga­niz­er. In hon­or of Lynn, I want to pass on that knowl­edge to others.

Final­ly, before Peter Stein­brueck began speak­ing last night, Bob Fer­gu­son men­tioned that audi­ence mem­bers could sub­mit ques­tions for Peter which would be answered in a lat­er pod­cast. We are still accept­ing ques­tions. You can leave yours in the com­ment thread, or direct it to @nwprogressive on Twitter.

Again, thanks to all who came to our 2011 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala for a mem­o­rable evening and a won­der­ful event. Your sup­port means every­thing to us, and keeps us mov­ing for­ward even in tough times.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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