More than 175 people, more than ever before, attended Mona’s Seattle Gala on October 20th. Guests arrived at the Seattle World Trade Center beginning at three on the sunny Sunday afternoon. Laughter and conversation filled the room as attendees mingled. Some stopped for a quick photo shoot with the selfie robot and others indulged with a donut from Top Pot’s donut wall. Many more lingered late into the evening, catching the coastline sunset over the horizon.
The event may be over but we’re still tingling from such a fantastic evening. We simply couldn’t help ourselves from writing a recap to keep the fun going, if only for a bit longer.
Three things you missed (and wish you hadn’t):
- Win Butler and Régine Chassagne of Arcade Fire stopped by to give attendees a private performance before heading to their show at Key Arena. Rainn Wilson played the drums while Win strummed his guitar and Régine serenaded everyone in the room. Rainn first met Winn and Régine in Haiti, where Régine has family roots and the group visits often. Watch Régine's interview with CBC, Montreal to learn more. Mona supports New Horizon, Zunuzi School, and Georges Marcellus projects in Haiti.
- Out with the old, in with the new! For the past 17 years the Seattle Gala has taken place on a Saturday. This year we swapped our old Saturday soiree for an intimate Sunday cocktail hour. Almost 90% of people said they preferred the Sunday evening setting in response to our post-gala survey. Thanks guys, we loved it too!
- Five honorees and an outpouring of support. Mrs. Carelle Karimimanesh took home the Humanitarian award in honor of her daughter Nai. The Anderson family went home with a Distinguished Partner Award and Al Monjazeb received the Corporate Leadership Award. The Outstanding Service Award went to Nadia and Prabakar Mahalingam. Christopher Tucker, one of Mona’s youngest supporters, took home the Youth Philanthropist award. Check out his gofundme campaign here. Want to learn more about these amazing people and their contributions to Mona? Email me or head to Facebook for detailed descriptions!
Having some FOMO*? A recap video will be released mid-November. Until then, watch the event live stream on our Facebook.
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*FOMO: Fear of missing out