SEATTLE — The Seattle Hotel Association’s 20th Annual Evening of Hope Gala was a resounding success, raising almost $700,000 to benefit Mary’s Place on Feb. 4.
Mary’s Place is a nonprofit that empowers homeless women, children and families to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community.
The special gala evening was filled with more than 375 generous bidders who dined on delicious fare and sipped Washington state wines.
This year’s honoree was the Bartell Family, which has had deep ties to the health of the local community for generations. The family regularly supports local charities with a focus on programs that directly benefit the region. Their family run company provides jobs for more than 1,800 employees, with these positions all extremely important to the fabric of the company and the surrounding neighborhoods.
“We are so grateful to the Seattle Hotel Association,” said Marty Hartman, the executive director of Mary’s Place. “We will use the monies raised at the Evening of Hope Gala to expand shelter capacity and ensure that no child sleeps outside in our community.”
According to Mary’s Place, the funding received during the Seattle Hotel Association’s 20th Annual Evening of Hope Gala will provide:
• 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 shelters warm
• Housing advocates and staff members to help families find permanent, stable housing
• Nursing care to treat newborns, injuries 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
Through the past 20 years, the Seattle Hotel Association has been a proud community partner raising needed funding for many local nonprofits, such as Lifelong, Susan G. Komen, Plymouth Housing Group, Pike Place Market Foundation and the Seattle Police Foundation. By leveraging the collective strength of 55 Seattle hotel members, the gala has raised more than $6.3 million to date.
Previous honorees include some of Seattle’s top community leaders: 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 & Con-stance Rice; and Carl & Renee Behnke.
Check out the recap of the event in the Puget Sound Business Journal.
Mark your calendars for our 21st Annual Evening of Hope Gala on Feb. 3, 2018.
Original release by Allan Aquila. Updates by Jillian Henze. firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos by Jason Deetz.