With the first day of April nearly upon us, and NPI’s 2015 Spring Fundraising Gala not far behind, it’s now time for us to announce who the final speaker at this year’s gala will be. Previously, we had the pleasure of revealing that U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer would be our opening speaker and Kirkland City Councilmember Shelley Kloba would be our master of ceremonies.
This afternoon, we are delighted to announce that this year’s gala keynote will be delivered by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson.
Although he has only been on the job as the Evergreen State’s chief legal officer for a couple of years, Bob Ferguson has already established himself as a champion of open government, civil liberties, and environmental protection. He and Governor Jay Inslee have repeatedly teamed up on a number of important projects – particularly holding the federal government accountable for the cleanup of Hanford.
Prior to taking office as Washington’s eighteenth attorney general, Ferguson was a King County Councilmember, representing the county’s 1st District (north Seattle, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, and points east).
Before that, he was a lawyer at Preston, Gates & Ellis. As his campaign biography notes, he was part of the legal team that fought two Tim Eyman initiatives in court, and succeeded in getting them struck down as unconstitutional.
Few people personify the Pacific Northwest quite like Bob Ferguson does. He is a fourth-generation Washingtonian, Husky graduate (not to mention former UW Student Body President!), avid mountain climber, and two-time winner of the Washington State Chess Championship (yes, really!)
Bob is also a compelling speaker. We know from experience: In 2011, he served as the master of ceremonies for NPI’s third Spring Fundraising Gala, and did a tremendous job tying the speaking program together.
We are very happy to have him back four years later, this time as our keynote speaker. We’re excited to hear what he has to say, and we hope you are, too.
Our seventh gala is going to be absolutely wonderful. We cordially invite you to consider joining us. If you haven’t yet bought your ticket yet, we urge you to do so now using one of the buttons below.
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!).
These are our ticket rates:
- Individual ($70, admits one person)
- Household ($100, admits an entire family)
- Living Lightly ($25, for students and activists on limited incomes)
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Here’s what else you can expect at our 2015 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.
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 10th!