Artwork for NPI's 2020 Spring Gala

Yes­ter­day, we reached the forty-days-out point from NPI’s 2020 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala, our largest annu­al event, which has always been a joy­ful and enor­mous­ly suc­cess­ful cel­e­bra­tion of NPI’s research and advocacy.

With the nov­el coro­n­avirus like­ly to remain a threat to our region’s pub­lic health and col­lec­tive well being for weeks to come, our board of direc­tors has decid­ed that this year’s gala will be an online-only event held vir­tu­al­ly with our spon­sors and sup­port­ers, instead of in-per­son in Ren­ton as pre­vi­ous­ly planned.

We feel strong­ly that this deci­sion is in every­one’s best inter­est. Pub­lic health author­i­ties have advised that peo­ple not con­gre­gate in large groups at this time, and the Ren­ton Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­ter, which has host­ed the gala for the past two years, has decid­ed to close down for the near future to hon­or this guidance.

In addi­tion to mak­ing the gala an online-only event, we’re also orga­niz­ing a new sea­son­al event in the autumn that will allow NPI sup­port­ers to come togeth­er and con­tin­ue our in-per­son gala tra­di­tions dur­ing the year’s oth­er shoul­der season.

This event, NPI’s FallFest, will take place on Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 3rd at the Ren­ton Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­ter (recep­tion at 5:30 PM, pro­gram at 7 PM),  assum­ing that the cur­rent pub­lic health cri­sis does not con­tin­ue through the summer.

Like at our past galas, we will offer a deli­cious din­ner buf­fet at FallFest, a cash bar offer­ing Wash­ing­ton wines and brews, a book sale, our annu­al Dessert Dash, and of course, an infor­ma­tive and fun speak­ing program.

The Vir­tu­al Gala will have its own speak­ing pro­gram, anchored by State Sen­a­tor Man­ka Dhin­gra, this year’s gala Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies. Addi­tion­al­ly, every­one who par­tic­i­pates in the Vir­tu­al Gala will receive the first ever edi­tion of Deli­cious & Whole­some, a col­lec­tion of recipes from NPI’s staff and board that will give you great ideas for tasty home-cooked meals, includ­ing din­ners. Deli­cious & Whole­some will be dis­trib­uted as a DRM-free e‑book to all gala ticketbuyers.

If you have already pur­chased tick­ets to the gala (any lev­el), they are valid for both the Vir­tu­al Gala on Fri­day, April 17th and for FallFest on Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 3rd. You do not need to take any action. You will be on the list for both events, and you will receive instruc­tions on how to par­tic­i­pate in the Vir­tu­al Gala.

If you have not yet pur­chased a tick­et to the gala, you can either buy a Vir­tu­al Gala Access Pass for $25/person, or you can buy com­bined tick­ets to the Vir­tu­al Gala and FallFest for $100 (Indi­vid­ual) or $150 (House­hold). The choice is yours.

Get tick­ets for NPI’s 2020 Spring Gala (and FallFest!)

You’ll save $25 on admis­sion to both events by pur­chas­ing an Indi­vid­ual Tick­et and save $50 or more on admis­sion by pur­chas­ing a House­hold ticket.

Please note that the Vir­tu­al Gala will not be pub­licly livestreamed. To par­tic­i­pate, you must either have a Vir­tu­al Gala Access Pass or a Gala/FallFest tick­et. All pro­ceeds from the Vir­tu­al Gala and FallFest will ben­e­fit the North­west Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute’s essen­tial research and advocacy.

If you have ques­tions, please use our con­tact form to get in touch.

Thanks for your sup­port of NPI’s work, it’s deeply appreciated.

We hope to see you — vir­tu­al­ly! — 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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