Next committee meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 26, for Champagne Gala LunchWednesday, Feb, 26, 2014
Would you like to help plan our 2014 Champagne Gala Lunch? The next meeting of our Gala Committee this year will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Log House Museum, 3003 61st Ave. S.W.
(The event itself is slated for Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at Salty’s on Alki.)
We have a great core group, and we welcome people with creativity, organizational skills and, most of all, a passion for local heritage. Please join us to help make this year’s Gala the best ever!
Speaking at the Nov. 9, 2013, Champagne Gala Lunch about their West Seattle life — and the life of their parents, Ada and Bob Hallberg — were sisters (from left) Aly, Tia and Nancy Hallberg. The event, at Salty’s on Alki, was the annual fundraiser of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, headquartered at the Log House Museum at Alki Beach.
Big thanks to 2013 Champagne Gala Lunch guests, donors and volunteers!
On behalf of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society board, Advisory Council and staff, I extend deep appreciation for the hundreds of people who made our Champagne Gala Lunch on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at Salty’s on Alki our most successful fundraising event in recent years.
Special thanks to our featured speaker, Dave Beck, and to the inspirational presenters, Aly, Nancy and Tia Hallberg, for bringing us such hearty food for the soul — a constellation of warm reminders of why we are so attached to the Duwamish peninsula and its rich history.
The happy total (I’m channeling Rick Rizzs here) is this: The Champagne Gala Lunch raised more than $37,000 in revenue — including Fund-a-Dream Challenge, Silent Auction, Dessert Dash, raffle and tickets.
Even more important are the relationships that were initiated, renewed and deepened by the 180 people in the room and by those who could not attend but lent their support in so many ways. It was a wonderful day for heritage on the Duwamish peninsula, and we are all so very grateful.
For more information on the event, see the advance information below, as well as the quick and thorough follow-up coverage by our media sponsors, the West Seattle Blog and West Seattle Herald. (Both the Blog and Herald included the full text of the Hallberg sisters’ presentation.) Stay tuned for more information, photos, video and acknowledgments!
It’s the biggest, brightest event of our year!
With an inspiring program featuring Dave Beck (see video above and text below), a dessert dash, a silent auction full of intriguing items, good friends, great food, a historic West Seattle setting and “the best view of Seattle in Seattle,” our annual Champagne Gala Lunch is a can’t-miss date. It will be as fun as its centennial theme: “Tripping the Lighthouse Fantastic”!
This event, the biggest fundraiser of the year for our historical society, runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at Salty’s on Alki, 1936 Harbor Ave. S.W.
Tickets are $75 adults, $45 teens 13-18, $25 children 4-12, and children under 4 free.
You can order your tickets by using PayPal. Visit our home page and click the “Make a Donation” button. Then login to PayPal and in the box marked “Add special instructions to the seller,” enter “Champagne Gala Lunch.”
Prefer to RSVP by phone? Please call us at 206-938-5293 during open hours (noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday) and be ready with your credit-card number, the card’s expiration date and security code and your zip code.
If you call during other hours and want us to call back to learn your credit-card information, please leave your phone number and when you can be reached, and we will get back to you.
If you would prefer to RSVP by mail, please send credit-card information (card number, expiration date, security code and zip code) or send a check to Southwest Seattle Historical Society, 3003 61st Ave. S.W., Seattle, WA 98116-2810.
Our Gala Committee, headed by Juda Youngstrom, is planning the best Gala ever. If you have ideas and want to help, please e-mail her. And stay tuned for more details!
Watch these three videos from our Lighthouse Sponsors for our 2013 Champagne Gala Lunch. Each sponsor has made a significant contribution to heritage education, preservation and advocacy, and we deeply appreciate their commitment and heart!
We are grateful to have two media sponsors for our 2013 Champagne Gala Lunch: the West Seattle Herald and the West Seattle Blog.
Both organizations cover the Duwamish peninsula — and the activities of our organization — quite well. Please thank them whenever you encounter them as they tirelessly document the everyday history of our community!
Our 2013 Champagne Gala Lunch program: “Dave Beck Looks West”
A genial fixture of Seattle’s public-radio airwaves and classical-music scene for 28 years, Dave Beck has deep roots in West Seattle.
His parents’ livelihood stemmed from Boeing, and from age 10, Dave grew up in Fauntleroy, attending Gatewood Elementary School, Denny Junior High School and Chief Sealth High School before graduating in music from the University of Washington.
He has lived in West Seattle since 1996, first in Westwood and since 2006 in Admiral.
Best known for his award-winning, on-air conversations with local, national and international luminaries in all fields of culture, Dave is an accomplished and busy cellist who recently joined KING-FM as on-air classical-music host.
From 1985 through the summer of 2013, he carved an impressive career as producer, host and music director at KUOW-FM for insightful programs that included “Weekday,” “KUOW Presents” and “The Beat.”
His early, on-air radio experiences included stints at KBCS-FM in Bellevue and KAOS-FM in Olympia.
For our Champagne Gala Lunch, Dave will bring a constellation of stories from his interviews of well-known West Seattleites, as well as reflections on why he and his family chose — and continue to choose — West Seattle as their home.