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Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

U.S. Representative Denny Heck to keynote NPI’s 2014 Spring Fundraising Gala

As of this evening, we are just sev­en­teen days away from our 2014 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala, which (as in past years!) will be tak­ing place in the heart of King Coun­ty at the Mer­cer Island Com­mu­ni­ty & Events Cen­ter. For the past few months, we’ve been busy orga­niz­ing the event and putting togeth­er a great speak­ing pro­gram for your edu­ca­tion and enjoy­ment.

Last month, we announced that State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Chris Reyk­dal, a true cham­pi­on for work­ing fam­i­lies, would be our open­ing speak­er. Tonight, we’re delight­ed to announce that our keynote speak­er will be U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Den­ny Heck, who has ably rep­re­sent­ed the new 10th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict since its incep­tion fol­low­ing the 2011–2012 redis­trict­ing process.

The 10th Dis­trict encom­pass­es most of what is col­lo­qui­al­ly known as the South Sound. Its north­ern edge stretch­es from Pacif­ic along the King/Pierce coun­ty line to Shel­ton to Mason Coun­ty, and it takes in Rainier and Teni­no along its south­ern bor­der. The cities of Lacey and Olympia sit at approx­i­mate­ly its cen­ter.

Den­ny has a long his­to­ry of involve­ment in Wash­ing­ton State pol­i­tics. Dur­ing the 1970s and 1980s, he served five terms in the state House, rep­re­sent­ing south­west Wash­ing­ton and ris­ing to the post of Demo­c­ra­t­ic Major­i­ty Leader under Speak­er Wayne H. Ehlers. He sub­se­quent­ly became the Chief Clerk of the House.

In 1990, then-Gov­er­nor Booth Gard­ner tapped Heck to serve as his chief of staff through the remain­der of his time in office. (Gard­ner was suc­ceed­ed by Mike Lowry in 1993, fol­low­ing the 1992 pres­i­den­tial and guber­na­to­r­i­al elec­tions).

Heck lat­er cofound­ed and served as the chief exec­u­tive offi­cer of TVW, Wash­ing­ton’s ver­sion of C‑SPAN, which pro­vides gav­el to gav­el cov­er­age of the Leg­is­la­ture and the Supreme Court. In 2010, he ran to suc­ceed Bri­an Baird as U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the old 3rd Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict, but lost to Repub­li­can Jaime Her­rera-Beut­ler.

He was redis­trict­ed into the new 10th and elect­ed to rep­re­sent the 10th in Novem­ber of 2012, eas­i­ly defeat­ing Repub­li­can Dick Muri.

Fol­low­ing his elec­tion to the U.S. House, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Heck was assigned to the House Finan­cial Ser­vices Com­mit­tee. He serves on two of its sub­com­mit­tees: Finan­cial Insti­tu­tions and Con­sumer Cred­it and Over­sight and Inves­ti­ga­tions. He is the only mem­ber of Con­gress serv­ing on Finan­cial Ser­vices from our region.

We’re very hap­py to have Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Heck as our keynote speak­er this year. Den­ny is both one of the newest mem­bers of our state’s con­gres­sion­al del­e­ga­tion and one of the most expe­ri­enced, hav­ing served in the leg­isla­tive and exec­u­tive branch­es at the state lev­el. He’ll be giv­ing us an update on the hap­pen­ings (or lack there­of) in the House and shar­ing his per­spec­tive on what our move­ment needs to do to uphold and expand the rights of work­ing men and women.

We’re very excit­ed to have Den­ny and Chris anchor­ing our speak­ing pro­gram this year, and we hope you are, too. If you haven’t yet bought your tick­et to our 2014 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala yet, we urge you to do so now using one of these but­tons. A house­hold tick­et admits all the mem­bers of an imme­di­ate fam­i­ly and is a good val­ue if you plan to attend with your spouse or chil­dren. (The gala is a fam­i­ly-friend­ly event, and young peo­ple of all ages are wel­come!)

$60

Admits one per­son

$90

Admits a fam­i­ly

Here’s what else you can expect at our 2014 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala:

  • 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.

Dur­ing the next few days, we’ll be shar­ing more details about our 2014 gala, includ­ing the names of our final two speak­ers. We hope you’ll help us make our biggest event of the year a suc­cess by buy­ing your tick­et and com­mit­ting to attend.

See you on April 25th!

Can’t attend the event? Please make a con­tri­bu­tion to sup­port NPI’s work. NPI needs your help now to keep our many projects going strong, and to strength­en our research and media capa­bil­i­ties.

Even if it’s just $10 or $20, your dona­tion will make a huge dif­fer­ence.

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