Education Fund Benefit Luncheon & Silent Auction

Join us Saturday, October 28th at the Olympia Red Lion (Hotel RL) for our Annual Education Fund Luncheon from 11:30 – 1:30 pm. The luncheon cost is $65.00, with a tax deductible portion of $40.00.

New this year, we are selling tickets to the annual luncheon online through PayPal! To make your purchase easier, please review the instructions. Then, click the "Purchase Ed Fund Luncheon Tickets Online" button to purchase tickets. If you do not wish to purchase tickets online, click on the button to downloand and print the mail-in form.

Please note, you do not need to have a PayPal account to buy tickets online. After you enter your ticket quantity and click Continue, you will be taken to the PayPal payment page. On this page, click the gray “Pay with Debit or Credit Card” button below the login. The graphic below is a preview of how to purchase using a Debit or Credit Card.


If you are registering for more than one person, please list guest name(s) and if a vegetarian lunch is required below.

Guest names:
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If you prefer to register by mail, click the button below to download and print the registration form.


Luncheon Program

noah-purcell.pngGuest Speaker: Noah Purcell, Washington State Solicitor General

Noah Purcell was appointed Washington State Solicitor General in 2013. In that role he has represented the State in some of its most important appellate matters in state and federal courts, including arguing for the State in Washington v. Trump, the State’s successful challenge to the President’s first travel ban Executive Order. Prior to becoming Solicitor General, Noah was in private practice at Perkins Coie in Seattle, where he specialized in constitutional law, election law, voting rights, and antitrust issues. He had previously served in the Department of Homeland Security Office of General Counsel, where he worked on a range of security and immigration issues, including the federal government’s challenge to Arizona SB 1070.

Two Lifetime Citizenship Awards will be presented.

This year we are giving two awards this year because they have both made valuable contributions to our County in very different ways.

brad-shannon.pngBrad Shannon, Editorial Page Editor, The Olympian

Brad Shannon is an Olympia native and a graduate of The Evergreen State College. He was the political reporter and the Washington Statehouse reporter for 16 years studying state issues & politics, and particularly their impact on state workers. In Dec 2014 he assumed the role of Editorial Page Editor for The Olympia. We are recognizing Brad with our Lifetime Citizenship Award to not only to recognize his career in journalism but also to acknowledge his work to understand issues and inform the community.

meg-martin.pngMeg Martin, Program Director, The People’s House

Meg Martin MSW, MHP is Program Director of The People’s House, a program of Interfaith Works, and has been the Shelter Coordinator since 2013. The Shelter meets the basic needs of the most vulnerable homeless, instead of focusing on "first-come, first served". Meg’s hard work and dedication was instrumental in developing this policy, among other innovations for helping needy citizens in Thurston County.