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.

Attorney General Bob FergusonAlthough 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!

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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