As longtime supporters know, each year, in the middle of spring, we hold a major event to thank our supporters and raise money to support our work. It takes the combined strength of our board, staff, and contributors to successfully put together, but with each passing year, we’ve gotten more adept at organizing it.
Last year, we resolved to get an even earlier start on planning the event, so we could be ready to post our annual Save the Date notice shortly after the new year. We know that many of you really appreciate having a heads up way in advance. We agree: It makes planning to attend that much easier.
I’m happy to say that we’ve succeeded in firming up our plans. On behalf of the team at NPI, it is my pleasure to ao announce that we will be holding our 2014 Spring Fundraising Gala on Friday, April 25th at the Mercer Island Community and Events Center, which has served admirably as the home of the event for four 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. Members 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.
Tickets will be going on sale within the next few weeks. As in past years, we will offer a discounted early-bird rate prior to announcing who our first speaker will be.
We look forward to sharing more details about our 2014 gala over the course of the next few months. For now, we invite you to save the date of Friday, April 25th on your calendar. When tickets become available, we’ll make an announcement here on the NPI Advocate and in our other publications.
If you’ve been to one of our past galas, then you know that we do our best to put together a great event, with a compelling speaking program.
In recent years, we’ve been honored to have leaders like U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, Sound Transit CEO Joni Earl, U.S. Representatives Adam Smith and Suzan DelBene, former U.S. Deputy Secretary for Housing and Urban Development Ron Sims, and former state Senator Kathleen Drew with us. We’re looking forward to sharing the names and biographies of our distinguished speakers this year.
Here’s what else you can expect:
- A full dinner buffet with vegetarian and vegan choices
- Beer and wine selections from our cash bar
- Opportunities to mingle with fellow activists and elected leaders
- A chance to win a scrumptious dessert for your table at our second annual Dessert Dash, organized by our Host Committee
- A family-friendly atmosphere
If you’d like to RSVP for the gala on Facebook, you can do so here.
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 25th!