State Representative Kristine Reeves speaking at Clover Park Technical College
State Representative Kristine Reeves speaking at Clover Park Technical College

We are just two days away from NPI’s 2018 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala in Ren­ton on Sat­ur­day, April 7th. With the big evening quick­ly approach­ing, we are delight­ed to announce that our speak­ing line­up is com­plete. State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kris­tine Reeves of Fed­er­al Way (D‑30th Dis­trict) will be our clos­ing speak­er this year.

State Representative Kristine Reeves
State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kris­tine Reeves

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Reeves is eas­i­ly one of our best and bright­est state leg­is­la­tors, and she addi­tion­al­ly serves our com­mu­ni­ties as the Direc­tor of Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment for the Mil­i­tary and Defense for the State of Washington.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Reeves will close out our speak­ing pro­gram on a high note by speak­ing to some of the incred­i­ble accom­plish­ments we saw dur­ing the recent­ly-con­clud­ed short ses­sion in the Wash­ing­ton State Leg­is­la­ture, includ­ing the Dream Act 2.0, the Repro­duc­tive Par­i­ty Act, the DISCLOSE Act, the Access to Democ­ra­cy pack­age, and so much more.

Pre­vi­ous­ly a staff mem­ber for Sen­a­tor Pat­ty Mur­ray, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Reeves was first elect­ed to the Wash­ing­ton State House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in 2016 by the vot­ers of the 30th Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict along with Mike Pel­lic­ciot­ti. She holds a bachelor’s degree in polit­i­cal sci­ence from Wash­ing­ton State Uni­ver­si­ty and a master’s degree in Orga­ni­za­tion­al Lead­er­ship from Gon­za­ga Uni­ver­si­ty. Kris­tine lives with her hus­band, Cam­ron, and their two young chil­dren in Fed­er­al Way.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Reeves joins a speak­ing line­up that includes our orig­i­nal gala speak­ers from ten years ago, when we held our very first Spring Fundrais­ing Gala.

State Representative Kristine Reeves speaking at Clover Park Technical College
State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kris­tine Reeves speak­ing at Clover Park Tech­ni­cal College

Our recep­tion host will be hydroplane leg­end Chip Hanauer, who is one of the win­ningest dri­vers in the his­to­ry of power­boat rac­ing. Chip is a long­time sup­port­er of NPI who spoke at our very first Spring Fundrais­ing Gala ten years ago.

Our mas­ter of cer­e­monies will be But­ton­smith CEO Dar­cy Burn­er, a small busi­ness own­er and pro­gres­sive strate­gist who has helped many pro­gres­sive orga­ni­za­tions take flight, includ­ing NPI.

And we will be pre­sent­ing Major Gen­er­al Paul Eaton (Ret.) with a Lynn Allen Award for indis­pens­able con­tri­bu­tions to pro­gres­sive causes.

Our din­ner buf­fet will fea­ture dish­es pre­pared by Mediter­ranean Kitchen, one of the East­side’s best and most beloved restau­rants. Found­ed in 1982, Mediter­ranean Kitchen has won many accolo­dates over the years for its food.

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 ($75, admits one person)
  • House­hold ($120, 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 this Sat­ur­day, April 7th at the Ren­ton Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­ter! Fol­low this link to secure­ly buy your indi­vid­ual, house­hold, or liv­ing light­ly ticket.

We hope you’ll help us make our biggest event of the year a suc­cess by buy­ing your tick­et and join­ing us in Ren­ton. See you on Saturday!

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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