Thank you from GSBA!

| Dec 15, 2016

The TASTE of GSBA: Equalux is about a community coming together for its own. How thrilling to see over 800 guests enjoying each other's company, wonderful food, incredible wines, outstanding entertainment; and giving so generously to the GSBA Scholarship Fund.

We are overwhelmed by your commitment to our current and future Scholars!

There are so many thank yous to be given for making Equalux such a great success.
To begin, let's thank Joe Adams and Gladys Gillis, our dream Co-Chairs who led an outstanding TASTE Committee and provided leadership and vision for Equalux; our incredible Board of Directors, led by Kevin Gaspari; Scholarship Chair, Stephanie Dallas; the GSBA Staff led by the visionary Mark Rosén, VP of Development & Corporate Relations, and our incredibly talented and creative Program and Events Manager, Carlos Chavez; and over 100 event volunteers!

220Following the delicious hors d'oeuvres prepared by GSBA member caterers and restaurants, and the hearty pours provide by member wineries, we were delighted and entertained by The Love Markets, acrobats, aerialists, and light dancers. Thank you to Martha Enson of EnJoy Productions and Llysa Holland from theatre simple, and of course, our very talented pianist Victor Janusz.

During the dinner, one lucky table was treated to a gourmet meal by celebrity chefs Tamara Murphy (Terra Plata) and Jerry Traunfeld (Poppy, Lionhead). Once again our amazing auctioneer, Laura Michalek, and the delightful emcee, Amanda Westbrooke, kept us engaged and bidding.

246We heard from Freddy Mora, 2009-2010 GSBA Scholar and UW doctoral student. Following his story of resilience, we were astounded by Sandy Peterson's extraordinary $100,000 gift to create a new endowment in honor of her parents, Ted and Rosie. The flood gates of generosity were opened and Microsoft gave $30,000 in support of our new Leadership Academy. From there, the magic spread, with truly inspiring gifts from Glenn Johnson & Michael Melancon, Kent Thoelke & Kevin Gaspari, Chris Befumo, Jay Petterson & Michael Mattmiller, and Meade Thayer... for a grand total of $807,000 raised that evening! Breathtaking!

The TASTE of GSBA: Equalux would not be possible without you, our guests, and our wonderful sponsors. A heartfelt thanks to our Title Sponsor: 1st Security Bank; our Presenting Sponsor: Comcast; Event Sponsors: Alaska Airlines, Carter Subaru, Holland America Line, JP Morgan/Chase, Precept Wine, Uber, UW Medicine; Supporting Sponsors: Aria Floral, Fran's Chocolates, Girlie Press, Mrs. Cooks/Le Creuset, Reliable Movers; 2016 Voice of Scholarship: Interchange Media; and Media Sponsors: Encore Media Group, Pacific Publishing, Seattle Gay News, Seattle Gay Scene, and Seattle Met.

We are especially appreciative of our Jewels of GSBA who make a significant investment the Chamber and the Scholarship Fund. Thank you to our Diamond jewels: Wells Fargo and Microsoft; Emerald jewels: Alaska Airlines and 1st Security Bank; Ruby jewel: PwC; and Sapphire jewels: Carter Subaru and Comcast. And, what would TASTE be without our wonderful restaurant, catering, and wine sponsors: Barrio Mexican Kitchen + Bar, The Hi-Life, Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge, Red Cedar & Sage, Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar, Taylor Shellfish Farms, Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering, Two Tartes Catering, Bartholomew Winery, Browne Family Cellars, Caprio Cellars, Eight Bells Winery, Elsom Cellars, Damsel Cellars, Fidelitas Winery, Five Star Cellars, Goose Ridge Estate Winery, Gorman Winery, Gruet, Guardian Cellars, Laurelhurst Cellars, Nota Bene Cellars,Rotie Cellars Structure Cellars, and Va Piano Vineyards.

And finally, no "thank you" is complete without recognizing the ongoing generosity of our Annual Sponsors. Thank you to our Platinum Partner: US Bank; Gold Sponsors: BulkFr8, Outerwall, Pacific Medical Centers, Starline Luxury Coaches; Silver Sponsors: Amazon, Boeing, Seattle Goodwill, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Precision Garage Door, RBC Wealth Management, Safeco Insurance, Starbucks, UW Medicine; Bronze Sponsors: CenturyLink, DML Insurance, Group Health, Google, Irons Brothers Construction, Mona Smith, Nesteggg, RD House, Sound Fertility Care, Sound Publishing, Sound Transit, Verity Credit Union, and Vulcan; The 2016-2017 Guide & Directory Sponsor: BECU; Travel Partners: Alaska Airlines, Sheraton Hotel, Space Needle, Visit Seattle; Travel Sponsors: Amtrak, King County, Port of Seattle, and Renaissance Hotel; Marketing Partner: Girlie Press; and Media Sponsors: C89.5, Encore Media Group, Pacific Publishing, Puget Sound Business Journal, Seattle Gay Scene, Seattle Gay News, and Seattle Met.

Because of all of you, our Scholars have the hope and support they need to become the next generation of leaders. Truly an evening for which to be thankful.

If you were not at the TASTE, there is still time to be part of the magic of giving. We invite you to make a year-end gift to your GSBA Scholarship Fund here.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving,
Louise Chernin, GSBA President & CEO

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