Annual Evening of Hope Gala and Auction

 The 21st Annual Evening of Hope Gala and Auction raises $940,000 to help Mary’s Place fight homelessness.



The Seattle Hotel Association’s 21st annual “Evening of Hope” gala and auction on Feb. 3, 2018 raised over $940,000 to benefit Mary’s Place and its important work to help homeless women, children and families reclaim their lives.






The special night was a show-stopping affair with more than 375 guests dressed to the nines in classic Hollywood Glitz and Glam style. They eagerly engaged in feverish bidding and generous giving. Three Mary’s Place clients shared their incredible, heartbreaking journey of what initially led them to Mary’s Place and how the Mary’s Place family is helping them put their lives back together. In response, the raise the paddle alone generated more than $500,000.

“It was a beautiful night full of wonderful people overflowing with love! The Seattle Hotel Association’s passion to come beside families experiencing homelessness has transformed our city and our county! Thank you for being the force behind the solution to ensure that no child sleeps outside. We are forever grateful,” said Marty Hartman, Mary’s Place Executive Director.

At the beginning of the festivities, Evening of Hope Co-Chair Amanda Parsons took the stage and shared the City of Seattle’s Proclamation, which proclaims Feb. 3, 2018, “To Be The Seattle Hotel Association Evening of Hope,” signed by Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.

This year’s honorees were Tom and Sue Ellison, who have for many years fostered deep ties to Mary’s Place and the health of our local community. Tom and Sue are also the founders of the Ellison Foundation, which allows them to actively support nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and individuals dedicated to empowering the lives of others. Mary’s Place represents an important example of an organization that fits the Ellison Foundation’s model of supporting strong, well-run nonprofits with a clear mission and programs.

The funding raised during the Seattle Hotel Association’s 21st Annual “Evening of Hope” gala will help Mary’s Place provide essential services to women, children and families experiencing homelessness. Among other things, it will help Mary’s Place provide overnight shelter for hundreds of families and pay for:

  • Beds and mattresses to outfit a new shelter
  • Sheets and blankets
  • Hot meals and kids’ snacks
  • Bus tickets to help children and families get to school and work
  • Hot water and heat to keep to keep shelters warm
  • Housing advocates and staff to help families find permanent and stable housing
  • Nursing care to treat newborns, Band-Aids for those little scrapes, and life-threatening illnesses
  • Employment navigators to help families connect with jobs and training programs to secure financial stability
  • Kids Club programming to ensure children have access to tutors, sports, theater, music, camps, art, and the opportunity to be a kid

During the past 21 years, the Seattle Hotel Association has enjoyed being a devoted community collaborator in helping to raise the essential funding for many of Seattle’s nonprofits, such as Lifelong, Susan G. Komen, Plymouth Housing Group, Pike Place Market Foundation, Seattle Police Foundation, and Mary’s Place. By leveraging the combined influence of downtown Seattle hotel members, the gala has raised $9.85 million to date.

Previous honorees include The Bartell Family, Suzie Burke; Scott & Laurie Oki; Peter & Julie Rose; James Sinegal; Gil Kerlikowske & Anna Laszlo; Howard & Sheri Schultz; Tom & Jackie Douglas; H.S. Wright III & Kate Janeway; Jeff & Tricia Raikes; Dan & Cindy Brettler; John & Deanna Oppenheimer; Jerry & Charlene Lee; Gene & Deborah Juarez; Karen & Jamie Moyer; Chap & Eve Alvord; Bill & Mimi Gates; Paul & Pam Schell; Norm & Constance Rice; and Carl & Renee Behnke.

Seattle Hotel Association’s 22nd Annual “Evening of Hope” gala will take place on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. The Association would like to also announce their new beneficiary starting in 2019—StolenYouth. For more information about StolenYouth, visit their website here.


Thank you to all of the sponsors and patrons for giving so generously and

for making this evening one of the Seattle Hotel Association’s most successful auctions to date! 

2018 Sponsors