The Education Fund Benefit Luncheon, held at the Indian Summers Country Club on October 26, 2019, was a great success.
This is our annual fundraising event, as well as an opportunity to hear inspiring words from a government or community leader, present awards to individuals or organizations who make a difference in our community, and generally celebrate our work.
League members and friends attending the Luncheon were able to mingle and visit during check-in and lunch,, as well as while checking out Silent Auction items. While a portion of the registration for lunch, and donations that were so kindly provided, are for the benefit of the Education Fund, the bargain filled Silent Auction was held again this year to raise funds for our League’s operating account.
We took a new approach to awarding our Citizenship Awards this year. Rather than giving this award to an individual, two separate organizations were recognized for their contributions to our community. They are: CIELO, an Immigrant Support Organization, and Cascadia Research Collective, founded by John Calambokidis, a Marine Mammal Biology and Marine Ecology research group. Click Here, or click on the ABOUT/Awards & Honors page to learn more about the award recipients.
We were honored to have Michelle Gonzalez serve as our keynote speaker. Michelle is the inaugural director of the Washington State Women’s Commission, which was established slightly over a year ago. She spoke about the purpose of the Commission, which is to improve the well-being of women, by enabling them to participate fully in all fields of endeavor, assisting them in obtaining governmental services, and promoting equal compensation and fairness in employment for women. It is also the purpose of the Women’s Commission to address issues relevant to the problems and needs of women, such as domestic violence, childcare, child support, sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, equal compensation and job pathways opportunities in employment, and the specific needs of women of color.
Given the limited resources of the Commission, Michelle has called on her extensive experience in both public and private settings to work with the 13 Commissioners to make sure they focus their efforts on a limited number of priorities. She told us this is being done through a committee structure related to Economic Opportunity, Economic Security, and Safety. These are the areas where they were active in advocacy during the last legislative session. In addition to looking for opportunities to influence policy related to their priorities, Joint Taskforce for a Centennial Celebration will also be busy in the coming year.
MC Kelsey May Crane presents Keynote Speaker Michelle Gonzalez a copy of the League of Women Voters' textbook, The State We're In: Washington.
A big thank-you for their GOOD WORK goes to the Luncheon Planning Committee, who once again did a fantastic job. Special thanks also go to our Ambassador for the Education Fund, Jill Severn, and the Master of Ceremonies, Kelsey Mae Crane.