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State Representative Kristine Reeves to speak at NPI’s 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala

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!