Gala & Auction ’21
A virtual benefit for Washington Park Arboretum
Presented by the Arboretum Foundation
Thursday, March 4, 2021
Watch the full gala recording on YouTube:
Our 33rd annual gala fundraiser went virtual! It took place from 6 to 7 p.m. on March and was an effervescent, hour-long, live-studio and pre-recorded video broadcast. We celebrated the theme of Spring Forward! and the transformative power of nature and community at our treasured park. The event grossed more than $300,000 in support of core programs at the Arboretum and Seattle Japanese Garden.
The audience enjoyed:
- A guided spring tour of the Arboretum, led by landscape architect Jason Morse.
- A performance by Native American violinist Swil Kanim.
- Special guests and fun surprises.
- A chance to bid on unique, nature-themed auction items and experiences.
All proceeds from Spring Forward! will help fund environmental education, maintenance, and volunteerism at the Arboretum, as well as cultural programs at the Seattle Japanese Garden.
Livestream Host: Angela Poe Russell
We were delighted that award-winning multi-media journalist Angela Russell hosted the studio livestream. Angela is currently the host of the KING 5 “Evening” show; she did a marvelous job as emcee!
Photo by: KING 5
Auction Item Pick Up & Delivery
Congratulations to all the winning bidders in our online auction! Once we have processed your payment, your item will be available for pick-up or shipping. Physical and virtual gift certificates will be mailed out or emailed immediately.
For all other physical items, we will reach out to you by Monday, March 8 to arrange a suitable time for pick up from the Graham Visitors Center (2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle, WA 98112). Questions or concerns? Please contact Matt Schropp-Lance by email or phone at 206-325-4510.
Gala & Auction Committee
Event Co-Chairs: Bill McGee & Shaun Corry
Joan Affleck-Smith, Carol Hoerster, Kat Korab, Arboretum Foundation staff
Thanks to Our Sponsors
To learn about sponsorship opportunities for our events, email our Events and Corporate Sponsorship Manager Tess Forte or call her at 206-325-4510.
Auction donation: To donate an item or experience to our auction, please fill out our procurement form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions? Email Jessa Gardner or call our office at 206-325-4510.
Guest at our 2020 gala during the raise-the-paddle. Photo by: David Rosen, SlickPix Photography
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