It may seem hard to believe, but spring is just around the cor­ner here in the Pacif­ic North­west. Offi­cial­ly, we are more than halfway through the win­ter sea­son (the ver­nal equinox is on March 20th this year) and unof­fi­cial­ly, we are just over three weeks away from the begin­ning of mete­o­ro­log­i­cal spring (March 1st).

So it seems like a good time to announce that our 2013 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala will be held two months from today, on Fri­day, April 5th at the Mer­cer Island Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­ter, which has served as the home of the event for three years run­ning and has been a great venue for us.

The gala is the biggest event that we put on every year, and it is by far the best oppor­tu­ni­ty to meet the NPI team in per­son and learn about our work. Long­time sup­port­ers know we go to great lengths to make this event fun and infor­ma­tive. Our goal is for all of our guests to be able to spend a mem­o­rable evening with fam­i­ly, friends, and fel­low activists, and sup­port a good cause at the same time.

As in the past, we will have a speak­ing pro­gram, bar with beer and wine avail­able for pur­chase, and a thought­ful­ly-pre­pared buf­fet with lots of choices.

Start­ing next week, we’ll be unveil­ing more details about the event and intro­duc­ing our first speak­er here on the NPI Advocate.

How­ev­er, we’re mak­ing tick­ets avail­able right now at a spe­cial ear­ly-bird rate; you can buy an indi­vid­ual or house­hold tick­et by click­ing one of the but­tons below. Tick­et prices will be going up when addi­tion­al details are made pub­lic, so if you’d like to save a few bucks and com­mit to attend­ing, now is the time to act.


2013 Gala Tick­et (Indi­vid­ual)

Ear­ly-Bird: $50.00 $60


2013 Gala Tick­et (House­hold)

Ear­ly-Bird: $75.00 $90

At this year’s gala, we’ll be cel­e­brat­ing NPI’s ten-year anniver­sary in style. We have some sur­pris­es planned, and we hope you’ll be there to com­mem­o­rate the occa­sion with us. Ten years is a long time for a grass­roots orga­ni­za­tion to have endured. We’ve accom­plished a lot with only a lit­tle this past decade, and we hope you’ll help keep us going for anoth­er decade.

Supporters at NPI's 2012 Spring Fundraising Gala on Mercer Island (Photo by Lincoln Potter/Samaya LLC)
Sup­port­ers at NPI’s 2012 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala on Mer­cer Island (Pho­to by Lin­coln Potter/Samaya LLC)

If you have nev­er been to our gala before, you may be won­der­ing what the event is like. Pic­ture a live­ly, upbeat room filled with peo­ple who share your val­ues and con­cerns, the sound of jazz tunes in the back­ground, a buf­fet filled with fresh food from one of the East­side’s best restau­rants, and speak­ers like Maria Cantwell, Adam Smith, Jay Inslee, Bob Fer­gu­son, Major Gen­er­al Paul Eaton (Ret)., Ron Sims, Chip Hanauer, Hans Dun­shee, and John de Graaf. That’s what our event is like.

Stu­dents who want to vol­un­teer to help put on the event can get in the door free. If you’re inter­est­ed in vol­un­teer­ing, please get in touch with us.

We look for­ward to see­ing you on April 5th!

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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