Today, we are very happy to announce that King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci will be the opening speaker at our 2017 Spring Fundraising Gala, which will take place April 29th at the Mercer Island Community & Event Center.
A former Bellevue City Councilmember, Claudia joined the King County Council last year following her overwhelming 2015 victory over entrenched Republican Jane Hague. She represents much of the Eastside on the county council, including most of Kirkland, the majority of Bellevue, all of Mercer Island, the Points communities, and precincts in Redmond, Woodinville, and Bothell.
Like the team at NPI, Claudia has worked for years to advance the cause of transit for all. She was instrumental in helping the City of Bellevue and Sound Transit reach an agreement on the alignment for East Link light rail, which is now under construction. Claudia is presently one of eighteen members of the Sound Transit Board of Directors, chaired by Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers.
In addition to participating in Sound Transit’s governance, Claudia chairs the Regional Transit Committee for the King County Council.
A dedicated proponent of better public health and community well-being, Claudia supported and contributed language to the ordinance approved last year that implements King County’s voter-approved Best Starts for Kids initiative.
Claudia understands the challenges and importance of governing from a regional perspective. While we here in the Pacific Northwest cherish our tradition of home rule, we’re not going to get our schools fully funded or secure transit for all at the city level, school district level, or county level. Regional problems require regional cooperation to solve. Claudia will speak to the importance of working across political boundaries to surmount thorny obstacles, including barriers to healthcare access.
If you haven’t yet bought your ticket to our 2017 Spring Fundraising Gala yet, we urge you to do so now. 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)
Here’s what else you can expect at our 2017 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 days to come, we’ll be sharing more details about our 2017 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 29th!