Three weeks from tomorrow evening, on Friday, April 1st, 2016, NPI will be holding its eighth Spring Fundraising Gala at the Mercer Island Community & Event Center. As in years past, we’ve been working hard to put together a strong speaking program for the event. We’ve previously announced that our keynote speaker for this year will be U.S. Representative Adam Smith, and our master of ceremonies will be Secretary of State hopeful Tina Podlodowski.
Tonight, we’re elated to share the news that we will also be joined by U.S. Representative Jim McDermott, who we’ll be honoring for a lifetime of service to our state and our country. 2016 is Congressman McDermott’s final year in office, and we’re glad to have the opportunity to thank him in person for all of the good works he has done as a member of Washington State’s congressional delegation.
Representative McDermott is known for many things, but perhaps he is best known for standing up against the invasion of Iraq at a time when most elected leaders at the federal level — including many Democrats — were foolishly putting their trust in warmongers George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld.
Representative McDermott caught a lot of flak in 2002 for for suggesting that George W. Bush was willing to mislead America into war. He memorably declared:
It would not surprise me if they came up with some information that is not provable, and they’ve shifted. First they said it was Al Qaeda, then they said it was weapons of mass destruction. Now they’re going back and saying it’s Al Qaeda again.
McDermott was ridiculed by the right wing at the time, but his assessment was prophetic. If his colleagues in the House and Senate had listened to him, there would have been no vote in Congress to authorize George W. Bush to invade Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars would have been saved.
Aside from courageously standing up to neoconservative war schemes, Representative McDermott has also worked to reform the foster care system, reduce trafficking in conflict minerals, and improve Americans’ healthcare access.
His legacy of public service goes back even further than 1988, when he was first elected to Congress. In the 1970s, he was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives (for one term), and later to the Senate (for three terms).
We hope you’ll consider joining us as we honor Representative McDermott at our eighth Spring Fundraising Gala. 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 ($75, admits one person)
- Household ($120, 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 2016 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.
In the weeks to come, we’ll be sharing more details about our 2016 gala, including the names of our other 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 1st!