Today, we are pleased to announce that King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay will be the opening speaker at our 2022 Spring Fundraising Gala, which will take place April 23rd at the South Bellevue Community Center.
First elected in 2019 to represent the 2nd District, Councilmember Zahilay is an alum of Franklin High School, Stanford, and the University of Pennsylvania who has a long track record of successful community organizing.
His commitment to inclusion inspired him to run for county council.
As he explains: “I ran for this seat because I believe in the promise of all our residents from our youth to our senior citizens.”
“I ran because in one of the wealthiest counties of the wealthiest nation in the world, none of our neighbors should be too poor to live.”
“I believe that county government must take a leadership role in building affordable housing, fixing our criminal justice system, promoting environmental justice, and providing reliable access to transportation.”
“I want to change the priorities of our political system, give our communities greater access to government, and fight for bold progressive policies.”
Since joining the Council, Girmay has championed successful changes to King County’s plan of government to make it easier for us to invest in public health and community-based alternatives to traditional policing.
He also put together the Mi’Chance Dunlap-Gittens Youth Rights Ordinance, which gives youth under eighteen the right to a public defender when the police ask them to waive their Miranda rights.
And he secured public land for community organizations to build a Youth Achievement Center, a forthcoming housing and resource hub for underserved youth in South Seattle.
Now halfway through his first term, he’ll update us on what King County is doing to empower our communities to recover from the pandemic and ensure all young people have a future in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
If you haven’t yet bought your ticket to our 2022 Spring Fundraising Gala 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 other family members. You may attend either in-person or remotely.
If you choose to attend remotely, you’ll be able to watch the program live in HD, and mingle beforehand with other attendees participating online.
These are our ticket rates:
- Individual ($100, admits one person)
- Household ($150, admits an entire family)
- Living Lightly ($25, for students and activists on limited incomes)
We care about the health and safety of our team and all our supporters. Accordingly, you must be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 if you wish to attend the gala in-person. Alternatively, if you are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for medical reasons, you must present proof of a negative test taken immediately prior to leaving your home to join us in Bellevue. Additionally, while inside the event space at the South Bellevue Community Center, you must wear a mask or respirator. We will serve all food and drink outside the event space on the terrace, and you are welcome to remove your mask or respirator while outside.
Students who want to volunteer to help put on the event can get in the door at no cost. If you’re interested in volunteering, please get in touch with us.
In the days to come, we’ll be sharing more details about our 2022 gala, including additional speakers. We hope you’ll help us make this great seasonal event a success by buying your ticket and committing to attend.
See you on April 23rd!