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Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Save the Date: NPI’s tenth Spring Fundraising Gala will be held on Saturday, April 7th, 2018!

As long­time sup­port­ers know, each year, in the mid­dle of spring, we hold a major event to thank our sup­port­ers and raise mon­ey to sup­port our work. It takes the com­bined strength of our board, staff, and con­trib­u­tors to orga­nize, but it’s always been an extreme­ly suc­cess­ful event and we’re con­fi­dent it will con­tin­ue to be.

Cherry blossoms in April

Cher­ry blos­soms in April (Art­work: Andrew Villeneuve/Northwest Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute)

Next year’s gala will be the tenth gala we’ve held as well as the tenth anniver­sary of the first gala (no gala was held in 2009). Although the spring of 2018 is a ways off, we’re get­ting an ear­ly start with the plan­ning for this event, and we want­ed to let you know that we have a venue and a date select­ed.

Here are the details for your cal­en­dar:

NPI’s 2018 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala
Sat­ur­day, April 7th, 2018
Recep­tion: 5:30 PM | Pro­gram: 7 PM
The Ren­ton Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­ter
1715 SE Maple Val­ley High­way
Ren­ton, WA 98057–3900

We’re excit­ed to announce the gala is mov­ing to a new venue for 2018: the Ren­ton Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­ter. Con­ve­nient­ly locat­ed right off of Inter­state 405 (Exit #4), the Ren­ton Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­ter offers a spa­cious, pub­licly owned ban­quet­ing room with doors that open to a patio over­look­ing the Cedar Riv­er.

We’ve length­ened the recep­tion to pro­vide atten­dees more net­work­ing time and oppor­tu­ni­ties to min­gle, while keep­ing the start time for the speak­ing pro­gram the same. Next year’s pro­gram will again be anchored by the Lynn Allen Awards, rec­og­niz­ing indis­pens­able con­tri­bu­tions to pro­gres­sive caus­es, but it’ll be more stream­lined, build­ing on our expe­ri­ence this year (the first year of the Awards).

And, should you wish to vis­it with the NPI team fol­low­ing the even­t’s con­clu­sion and cel­e­brate the work that went into the event with us, you’ll be able to do so, since room take­down will be tak­ing place lat­er in the evening than in the past.

Tick­ets for the gala will go on sale in ear­ly 2018 and speak­ers will be announced begin­ning a few weeks after that, along with fur­ther details.

For now, we invite you to mark your cal­en­dars and plan to join us for our tenth gala. We have many excit­ing sur­pris­es we’re work­ing on and look for­ward to shar­ing a won­der­ful evening with you next spring.

Remem­ber that you’re also invit­ed to join us for our Four­teenth Anniver­sary Pic­nic this Sun­day. A sum­mer tra­di­tion in its fourth year, this is a “pay what you can” event (sug­gest­ed min­i­mum dona­tion of $25, no admis­sion charged) at Per­ri­go Park.

You can RSVP here and let us know whether you’d like a ham­burg­er, hot dog, salmonburg­er, or gar­den­burg­er. We’ve got you cov­ered!

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