Annual Evening of Hope Gala and Auction

‘The opportunity to step away from everything and take a break is something that shouldn’t be squandered.’  Harper Reed

We are proud the Seattle Hotel Association’s Evening of Hope continues to be a celebration of our industry’s commitment to the community we share. The 23rd annual Evening of Hope on February 21, 2020 raised $490,000 to benefit StolenYouth.

As we deal with the impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic on our families, friends, colleagues and partners, it seems appropriate to pause, catch our breath, reflect on our success and plan for the future.

We will not be holding a 2021 event but welcome conversations about what the future may bring.

Please feel free to contact us with inquiries and ideas, and above all stay safe and healthy.

Thank you to all of our 2020 sponsors and patrons for supporting

the Seattle Hotel Association’s Evening of Hope Gala.

2020 Sponsors

Seattle Hotel Association’s 23rd Annual “Evening of Hope” gala is Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at the Sheraton Grand Seattle Hotel.

For more information about StolenYouth, visit their website here.

2020 Evening of Hope Honoree: Tod Leiweke, CEO of NHL Seattle & the New Arena at Seattle Center

StolenYouth Bio

StolenYouth is a Seattle-based non-profit committed to ending child sex trafficking in Washington state while supporting and empowering those who have been affected by this unimaginable abuse. Founded in 2012, we inspire action, fundraise, build and invest in coalitions to dismantle the marketplace exploiting children for sex. Our work began with raising funds for service providers that offer sex-trafficked youth vital support such as counseling, stable housing, and access to education. Over the past six years, we’ve evolved to become the convener, funder, and architect of Seattle’s movement to eradicate child sex trafficking, increasing awareness and action within the courts, law enforcement, education system, social services, and private sector. We have helped to change the conversation in our community around the commercial sexual exploitation of children, shifting the perception of sex-trafficked youth from criminals to victims. Our innovative coalition brings together the strengths of awareness building, direct service, policy development, advocacy, and the public sector to target critical aspects of this issue from prevention and demand reduction to survivor support services.  We aim to deepen the community’s understanding of the devastating and often unseen issue of child sex trafficking and expand our victim-centered response to this scourge. Our motivation is simple: No child should be bought or sold for sex.

To view all of the photos from the 2020 gala, click here.