Evening of Hope and other fundraisers in the first half of 2014 | In Good Company | The Scene

The party scene kicks into gear starting this month as groups and organizations raise money for worthy causes on both sides of the lake. Events vary from black tie, cocktail, business, and business casual. Be sure to mark your calendars to attend these worthwhile fundraising galas and parties.

February 8: The 17th annual Evening of Hope gala will take place at the Fairmount Hotel in downtown Seattle with a ’20s-’30s attire theme; Black tie is optional. The evening, which benefits the Seattle Police Foundation and the Seattle Police Department’s domestic violence program, includes an elegant multi-course dinner created by the hotel’s Executive Chef Gavin Stephenson, followed by a live auction. seattlehotel

March 8: The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Seattle Guild’s 25th Anniversary Dream Gala at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel will together more than 900 prominent members of the Seattle community for a sparkling evening of fine dining, prestigious local wines, stellar entertainment. The black-tie event includes an elegant auction that raises a large amount of money towards funding research to prevent, treat and ultimately cure type 1 diabetes.

March 13: Camp Korey’s sixth annual Prescription Laughter Luncheon at the Bellevue Hilton Hotel will raise money for its summer camp programs for children living with serious and life-altering medical conditions, at no cost to them or their families. Each camper experiences fun and laughter in a safe, friendly, medically sound environment, creating a lifetime of memories of being a kid.

March 20: SAMA (The Science and Management of Addictions) Knowledge is Power annual luncheon at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel shares valuable prevention and treatment information and resources about the disease of youth and adolescent substance addiction.

March 29: Overlake Hospital’s Bandage Ball is one of the Eastside’s premier social events, attracting more than 800 affluent and influential community leaders. This black-tie event will raise funds for a new Cancer Care Center at Overlake. After almost 40 years providing leading cancer care, Overlake is expanding and enhancing its services, creating what will be the most advanced, comprehensive Cancer Center on the Eastside. The ball will take place at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue.

April 25: Assistance League of the Eastside Tablescapes 2014 – Top It Off In Style is a new fundraising luncheon event that will take place at the Bellevue Westin. The event includes a celebrity speaker and displays of inspiring tablescapes. Funds from the silent auction will be used to continue to make a positive difference in the lives of children and adults touched by hardship or violence.

April 25: Successful Youth, Inc. Reach for the Stars! gala dinner and auction will raise funds to help provide children from low-income households with the tools necessary to graduate on time and become college ready. The black-tie event, at the Sorrento Hotel in Seattle and be hosted by Pat Cashman of the weekly local comedy sketch show, “the 206,” includes a wine reception, silent, live and dessert auctions, and a scrumptious dinner from award winning Sorrento chefs.

May 20: The 17th annual Gilda’s Club Seattle Surviving with Style Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Seattle Westin will provide help provide funds for free support, education and resources on-site, to those who have been impacted by cancer. Eastside state Sen. Andy Hill, R-45, a cancer survivor, along with his wife, Molly, will co-chair

this year’s event. All of the models are cancer survivors and their extraordinary stories will be shared by the emcees.

Rose Dennis writes about events in Bellevue and the Greater Seattle area.

She lives in Bellevue.



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