Join us for NPI's 2023 Spring Fundraising Gala
Join us for NPI's 2023 Spring Fundraising Gala in Bellevue (NPI artwork)

It’s still a bit chilly out­side right now in the Pacif­ic North­west, but spring is on the way. Can you feel it? We can, and we’re excit­ed to wel­come the sea­son of renew­al with the news that our 2023 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala will be held Sat­ur­day, April 29th, 2023 in Belle­vue Washington.

We are cel­e­brat­ing NPI’s twen­ti­eth anniver­sary this year and would be hon­ored by your pres­ence and finan­cial sup­port of our research and advocacy.

Tick­ets and spon­sor­ships are now on sale, with ear­ly-bird rates avail­able for indi­vid­ual and house­hold tick­ets for a lim­it­ed time.

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

There are three tick­et rates:

  • Indi­vid­ual ($125, tem­porar­i­ly dis­count­ed to $100; admits one person.)
  • House­hold ($200, tem­porar­i­ly dis­count­ed to $175; 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 old­est and 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.

This will be the fif­teenth NPI spring gala and the sec­ond held in a hybrid for­mat — in-per­son in Belle­vue and remote­ly via Zoom and YouTube.

Hybrid events aren’t easy to pro­duce, but at NPI, we have the exper­tise and equip­ment to do them prop­er­ly, with high pro­duc­tion val­ues. We own our own cam­eras, lens­es, cabling, LED light­ing, livestream­ing gear, and switch­ing boards. We know how to bring podi­um sound right into our livestream, so you can clear­ly hear what’s being said by our speak­ers as well as see­ing them. We’re thrilled to be able to bring this event to sup­port­ers who don’t live close to Bellevue.

NPI mem­bers and Bond­hold­ers 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 2023, the gala is return­ing to the South Belle­vue Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­ter, a beau­ti­ful space in a park­land set­ting just off of I‑90 (East­gate exit).

SBCC is a pub­licly-owned com­mu­ni­ty gath­er­ing space with a great staff and fast Wi-Fi, owned and oper­at­ed by the City of Bellevue.

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, the late pho­tog­ra­ph­er Al Gar­man, found­ing NPI board­mem­ber Gael Tar­leton, the late Jus­tice Mary Fairhurst, 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 2023 speak­ers soon.

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

Here’s what else you can expect at our 2023 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 29th!

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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