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Save the Date: NPI’s 2013 Spring Fundraising Gala will be Friday, April 5th, 2013

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!