Gala & Auction ’21

Online Wine Auction Taking Place April 19 to 22

Due to a recent update in state licensing rules, we postponed the wine component of Spring Forward! The wine auction will now happen as a separate, mini online event from April 19 to 22.

It’ll feature 13 exciting wine packages, including a hard-to-find collection of all four 2006 vineyard-designated Syrahs from Cayuse, one of Washington’s most sought-after producers.

The auction will take place on the same Greater Giving page where we hosted our gala. You can preview the wine packages on the auction page now. If you haven’t registered already, you’ll need to do so in order to bid on the wine offerings. REGISTER NOW.

All proceeds support core programs at the Arboretum and Seattle Japanese Garden.

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:

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 info@arboretumfoundation.org. Questions? Email Jessa Gardner or call our office at 206-325-4510.

woman at dinner table holding up auction bid card

Guest at our 2020 gala during the raise-the-paddle. Photo by: David Rosen, SlickPix Photography

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