We may not be able to gather in person next week at the Renton Community Center to hold our twelfth Spring Fundraising Gala as we had originally planned, but the show will nevertheless go on… virtually! As we announced last month, we’ve transformed this year’s gala into an online-only event taking place on the same date and at the same time that we were to gather in person to hear from distinguished leaders like Senator Manka Dhingra, our Master of Ceremonies.
Today, we’re delighted to announce another gala speaker: Redmond City Councilmember Varisha Khan. Varisha is a rising star in Washington politics, having served as a delegate for Bernie Sanders to the 2016 Democratic National Convention, the 2016 presidential elector for Washington’s 1st Congressional District, and now serving as one of the City of Redmond’s eight elected leaders.
Varisha’s come from behind victory last November was a watershed moment in Washington State and east King County politics. Trailing by close to ten points on Election Night, she surged in late ballots and overtook her opponent, a multi-term conservative Republican, by the end of the first week of counting.
Varisha is a dear friend and a hardworking, aspiring young leader. Her story is worth hearing, and knowing, and telling. We need more young people to be involved in politics and to be role models in their community.
I have always believed that young people can do pretty much anything. I started this organization when I was only sixteen. I couldn’t vote then, but I could speak. And write. And lobby. There is no minimum age required to be an activist.
I’m so proud of what Varisha has accomplished these past few years, and I am honored to be represented by her on the Redmond City Council.
This is a challenging time to serve in public office at any level. The pandemic has disrupted a lot of the work that cities and counties in particular have been doing with respect to land use, transportation, stormwater runoff, and other issues.
The Council cannot currently meet in its chambers as it normally would to discuss the people’s business because it isn’t safe. That makes governing much more difficult, but certainly not impossible. Life goes on, even during a pandemic, and the City of Redmond, NPI’s hometown, must figure out how to move forward as much as possible during this time of physical distancing.
We all could use a hearty dose of inspiration in these unprecedented times. If you ask me, there’s nothing like hearing from a young progressive leader to bolster one’s spirits. Please plan to join us and Councilmember Varisha Khan from the comfort of home for our 2020 Spring Fundraising 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.
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.
Thanks for your support of NPI’s work, it’s deeply appreciated.
We hope to see you — virtually! — next week.