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Monday, April 8th, 2019

Hilary Franz to deliver opening address at NPI’s 2019 Spring Fundraising Gala in Renton

Spring is in full swing and so are plans for our eleventh Spring Fundrais­ing Gala, which will take place on Fri­day, April 26th, 2019 in Ren­ton. With the big evening quick­ly approach­ing, we are delight­ed to announce that Wash­ing­ton Com­mis­sion­er of Pub­lic Lands Hilary Franz will deliv­er the open­ing address at this year’s gala.

Hilary Franz has led Wash­ing­ton’s Depart­ment of Nat­ur­al Resources since Jan­u­ary 2017, when she suc­ceed­ed Okanogan ranch­er and mol­e­c­u­lar biol­o­gist Peter Gold­mark. She is the state’s four­teenth Com­mis­sion­er of Pub­lic Lands.

A native Cas­ca­di­an, Franz has been com­mit­ted to the work of build­ing a more sus­tain­able region for decades. She has exten­sive expe­ri­ence in both the non­prof­it sec­tor (with orga­ni­za­tions like Future­wise, Wash­ing­ton Envi­ron­men­tal Coun­cil, and Con­ser­va­tion North­west) as well as the pub­lic sec­tor (as a Bain­bridge Island City Coun­cilmem­ber and a mem­ber of numer­ous boards and com­mis­sions).

As Com­mis­sion­er of Pub­lic Lands, she has been an out­spo­ken advo­cate of increased fund­ing for geo­log­ic haz­ards research and fire­fight­ing readi­ness.

Hilary Franz talks about landslide safety

Wash­ing­ton State Com­mis­sion­er of Pub­lic Lands Hilary Franz empha­sizes the impor­tance of fund­ing geo­log­ic haz­ards research at an event in the Capi­tol State For­est (Pho­to: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

Only a few hours ago, Com­mis­sion­er Franz tes­ti­fied before the Wash­ing­ton State Sen­ate’s Ways & Means Com­mit­tee in sup­port of a bill (Sen­ate Bill 5996) that would estab­lish a ded­i­cat­ed source of rev­enue for com­bat­ing wild­fires and equip­ping fire­fight­ers with essen­tial tools need­ed to keep com­mu­ni­ties safe.

“Our fire­fight­ers and sci­en­tists have giv­en us the blue­print to tack­le our wild­fire and for­est health cri­sis, now it’s time for us to give them what they need to get the job done,” said Com­mis­sion­er Franz. “Wild­fire affects us all… we must all do our part.”

Com­mis­sion­er Franz has always felt a close con­nec­tion to the land. Her fam­i­ly has owned farm­land in Pierce Coun­ty since the 1930s, and she has been rais­ing three sons on a his­toric farm on Bain­bridge Island for almost twen­ty years. We deeply appre­ci­ate her pas­sion for envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and sus­tain­able farm­ing, and we’re very hap­py to have her as part of this year’s speak­ing pro­gram.

Com­mis­sion­er Franz joins a diverse, dynam­ic line­up of speak­ers at this year’s gala.

Our recep­tion host will be Burien May­or Jim­my Mat­ta, a cham­pi­on of work­ing peo­ple who was elect­ed along with three oth­er pro­gres­sive can­di­dates (the Burien Fan­tas­tic Four) in the fierce­ly con­test­ed local elec­tions of 2017.

Our mas­ter of cer­e­monies (ses­sion sched­ul­ing per­mit­ting) will be Sen­a­tor Man­ka Dhin­gra, a trail­blaz­ing law­mak­er who serves on the board of NPI’s new char­i­ta­ble sib­ling, the North­west Pro­gres­sive Foun­da­tion.

And we will be pre­sent­ing El Cen­tro de la Raza­’s Estela Orte­ga with a Lynn Allen Award for indis­pens­able con­tri­bu­tions to pro­gres­sive caus­es.

We’re biased, of course, but we think this is one of the best speak­ing pro­grams we’ve ever put togeth­er. We hope you’ll con­sid­er join­ing us on April 26th. 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 ($125, 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 2019 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala
  • Where: Ren­ton Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­ter
  • When: Fri­day, April 26th, 2019 | Recep­tion at 5:30 PM; pro­gram at 7 PM
  • Who: Join the NPI team, Burien May­or Jim­my Mat­ta, State Sen­a­tor Man­ka Dhin­gra, author Mike Lux, and Com­mis­sion­er of Pub­lic Lands Hilary Franz
  • 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 Fri­day, April 26th 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 at the end of the month.

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