Last summer, when we announced that NPI’s tenth Spring Fundraising Gala would be held on Saturday April 7th, 2018 at the Renton Community Center, I mentioned that we were working on a number of exciting surprises to enliven the evening.
We have since announced that Major General Paul Eaton (Retired) will be joining us to accept a Lynn Allen Award for indispensable contributions to progressive causes, while Buttonsmith CEO Darcy Burner will be our Master of Ceremonies.
Today, I’m delighted to reveal that hydroplane legend Chip Hanauer — who, like Darcy and Paul, also spoke at our inaugural gala all the way back in 2008 — will also be part of our tenth Spring Fundraising Gala this April 7th.
Chip will host our gala reception (5:30 — 7 PM), which has been lengthened to an hour and a half for the first time in the history of the event. We made the decision to lengthen the reception after hearing from many guests that they really enjoy the opportunity to connect with fellow progressive activists from around the region and would appreciate more time to peruse the book sale and silent auction.
As this year’s gala host, Chip will make sure everyone knows about the titles available through our book sale, when it’s time to visit the dinner buffet to get a plate of delicious food, and will welcome our Master of Ceremonies Darcy Burner to the stage to begin the speaking program at the end of the reception.
As readers may know, Chip is one of the most successful Unlimited Hydroplane racers in the history of the sport. An eleven time winner of the American Power Boat Association’s Gold Cup, Hanauer was a familiar sight on the waters of Lake Washington during the 1980s and 1990s, piloting the Miss Budweiser and other hydros, some of which are on display at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum.
As mentioned, Chip was a featured speaker at our very first Spring Fundraising Gala on May 16th, 2008. More recently, he hosted the Permanent Defense Fifteenth Anniversary Celebration in February 2017 at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum. We are grateful to Chip for his continuing support of NPI.
Having Chip, Darcy, and Paul back at the gala is going to be so much fun. It will be a a ten-year reunion worth witnessing. We hope you’ll consider joining us on April 7th. 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, hydroplane legend Chip Hanauer, Master of Ceremonies Darcy Burner, and honoree 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 days 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!