Join us for NPI's 2020 Spring Gala
Join us for NPI's 2020 Spring Gala

As of two days ago, we were two weeks into 2020. As of today, we are just three months away from our twelfth Spring Fundrais­ing Gala, sched­uled to take place on Fri­day, April 17th, 2020. With the sea­son of renew­al draw­ing near, we’re pleased to announce that ear­ly-bird tick­et sales for this year’s gala have begun.

Pur­chase now to save 17%-25% off the reg­u­lar price!

There are three tick­et rates:

  • Indi­vid­ual ($100, tem­porar­i­ly dis­count­ed to $75; admits one person.)
  • House­hold ($150, tem­porar­i­ly dis­count­ed to $125; admits a family.)
  • Liv­ing Light­ly ($25, for stu­dents and activists on lim­it­ed incomes.)

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!)

Our gala is the biggest event that we put on every year, and it is by far the best oppor­tu­ni­ty to meet the NPI team in per­son and learn about what we do.

Loy­al sup­port­ers know we go to great lengths to make this event fes­tive and infor­ma­tive. Our goal is for all of our guests to be able to spend a mem­o­rable evening with fam­i­ly, friends, and fel­low activists, and sup­port NPI’s vital work (includ­ing pub­li­ca­tions like the Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate!) at the same time.

For 2020, the gala is return­ing to its new per­ma­nent home at the Ren­ton Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­ter. Con­ve­nient­ly locat­ed right off of Inter­state 405 (Exit #4), the Ren­ton Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­ter offers a spa­cious, pub­licly owned ban­quet­ing room with doors that open to a patio over­look­ing the Cedar River.

As in the past few years, we will be pre­sent­ing a Lynn Allen Award to a dis­tin­guished pro­gres­sive leader who has made indis­pens­able con­tri­bu­tions to pro­gres­sive caus­es. Our past hon­orees include Sound Tran­sit CEO Emer­i­tus Joni Earl, attor­ney Paul Lawrence, Major Gen­er­al Paul Eaton (Retired), activist Alex Hen­drick­son, pho­tog­ra­ph­er Al Gar­man, and El Cen­tro de la Gaza­’s Estela Ortega.

Paul Lawrence and Joni Earl
Paul Lawrence and Joni Earl with their Lynn Allen Awards (Pho­to: Lin­coln Potter/Samaya LLC for the North­west Pro­gres­sive Institute)

We will also be joined by sev­er­al guest speakers.

Dur­ing the last few years, we’ve been hon­ored to have lead­ers like Com­mis­sion­er of Pub­lic Lands Hilary Franz, Attor­ney Gen­er­al Bob Fer­gu­son, U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Adam Smith, Kim Schri­er, and Suzan Del­Bene as part of our speak­ing program.

We will be announc­ing our 2020 speak­ers soon.

Until then, you can buy a tick­et at our spe­cial ear­ly-bird rates.

Here’s what else you can expect at our 2020 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala:

  • A full din­ner buf­fet with veg­e­tar­i­an and veg­an choices
  • Beer and wine selec­tions from our cash bar
  • Oppor­tu­ni­ties to min­gle with fel­low activists and elect­ed leaders
  • A chance to win a scrump­tious dessert for your table at our Dessert Dash
  • A fam­i­ly-friend­ly atmosphere

If you’d like to RSVP for the gala on Face­book, you can do so here.

Stu­dents who want to vol­un­teer to help put on the event can get in the door free. If you’re inter­est­ed in vol­un­teer­ing, please get in touch with us.

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 17th!

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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