Darcy Burner
Darcy Burner

In just forty days, NPI will be hold­ing its tenth Spring Fundrais­ing Gala at the Ren­ton Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­ter. With the event quick­ly approach­ing, we’re very hap­py today to share more details about our speak­ing lineup.

Darcy Burner
Dar­cy Burner

We revealed a few weeks ago that Major Gen­er­al Paul Eaton (Retired) will be join­ing us on April 7th to accept a Lynn Allen Award for indis­pens­able con­tri­bu­tions to pro­gres­sive caus­es. Today, we’re very pleased to announce our Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies for 2018: But­ton­smith CEO Dar­cy Burn­er.

Like Major Gen­er­al Eaton, Dar­cy Burn­er was a speak­er at our very first Spring Fun­dras­ing Gala in May of 2008, and she’s a major rea­son why that event was so incred­i­bly suc­cess­ful and con­tin­ues to be held today. We are delight­ed to wel­come Dar­cy back to the gala stage to anchor this year’s speak­ing program.

As men­tioned, Dar­cy serves as the CEO of But­ton­smith, Inc., a cut­ting-edge, Car­na­tion-based union print shop found­ed by her son Hen­ry Burn­er. Hen­ry was recent­ly named one of Forbes’ “Thir­ty Under Thir­ty” entre­pre­neurs, and he and But­ton­smith have been pro­filed by Fast Com­pa­ny and NowThis.

Dar­cy has a long his­to­ry of involve­ment in pro­gres­sive pol­i­tics as both a can­di­date and a strate­gist. She has run for Con­gress and the state Leg­is­la­ture and played an instru­men­tal role in get­ting pro­gres­sive mem­bers of Con­gress more organized.

She has also con­tributed her exper­tise to many pro­gres­sive nonprofits.

As she not­ed in her 2016 cam­paign biog­ra­phy: “I’ve been hon­ored to be a board mem­ber of Coun­cil for a Liv­able World’s Pea­cePAC, the SNAP PAC (Stu­dents for a New Amer­i­can Pol­i­tics) Advi­so­ry Board, the Pro­gres­sive Ideas Net­work Advi­so­ry Board, the Cen­ter for Inter­na­tion­al Pol­i­cy board, the Act­Blue board, the NARAL Pro-Choice Amer­i­ca board, and to serve as the chair of the Net­roots Foun­da­tion board.”

Work­ing with Major Gen­er­al Eaton, Dar­cy helped put togeth­er A Respon­si­ble Plan To End The War In Iraq, which she and many can­di­dates ran on in 2008.

Our tenth gala is shap­ing up to be a great event. We hope you’ll con­sid­er join­ing us. If you haven’t yet bought your tick­et 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 ($70, admits one person)
  • House­hold ($100, admits an entire family)
  • Liv­ing Light­ly ($25, for stu­dents and activists on lim­it­ed incomes)

Here are the details for this year’s gala:

  • What: NPI’s 2018 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala
  • Where: Ren­ton Com­mu­ni­ty Center
  • When: Sat­ur­day, April 7th, 2018 | Recep­tion at 5:30 PM; pro­gram at 7 PM
  • Who: Join the NPI team, Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies Dar­cy Burn­er, and Lynn Allen Award recip­i­ent Major Gen­er­al Paul Eaton (Ret.)
  • Why: Because an effec­tive resis­tance needs orga­ni­za­tions test­ing pro­gres­sive ideas and build­ing per­ma­nent infrastructure

Be inspired to con­tin­ue work­ing for a pro­gres­sive future for our region and coun­try: join us on April 7th at the Ren­ton Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­ter! Fol­low this link to secure­ly buy your indi­vid­ual, house­hold, or liv­ing light­ly ticket.

In the weeks to come, we’ll be shar­ing more details about our 2018 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 7th!

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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