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Gratitude Gala 2014

October 11, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


We look forward very much to having you join us for our first-ever fall fundraising gala event. It will be a magical evening.

We will come together in community for an inspiring update on Whidbey Institute status and activities, to join in appreciation of staff, program leaders, donors and community, and to support this transformative work that is changing lives. As a key part of the program, we will give gratitude to Jerry Millhon, as he prepares to shift his focus at the Institute to Thriving Communities Initiative leadership.

The evening festivities will include a limited number of select live auction items (preview them here),  followed by a paddle raising frenzy.  There will be great opportunities to take home a treasure while helping to further our deep purpose. We hope you’ll come ready to participate in the fun and give generously!

Funds raised through the Gala are vital to nourishing the organization, and will be well-spent. This is a time of celebration and emergence as we continue to build a vibrant and sustainable future. Donated income provides approximately half of the revenue that is needed to sustain the Institute – to support facility upkeep and improvements, land management, staff compensation, and infrastructure.  The funds raised from the Gala will be of primary importance to our ability to support the great work of the Institute to thrive.

Thank you so much for being a key part of our flourishing ecosystem!

Schedule of Events

5:00 – 6:30   |   Reception
Appetizers, wine, music, mingling – old friends and new

6:30 – 9:00   |   Harvest Dinner
Dinner will be a magnificent vegan harvest feast by the wonderful Christyn Johnson of Pure Indulgence. Enjoy dinner while learning about exciting and inspiring Institute updates, including a progress update on great work, future plans, and leadership evolution. Share with us in gratitude for Jerry’s service, and for staff, board, community, and sustaining donors. Bid on exclusive live auction items and raise the paddle to support the transformative work of the Institute.

9:00 – 10:00   |    Conversation and Community
Guests are welcome to stay and enjoy the evening with others.

Additional Details

Please join in the joyful gala with festive, colorful celebration clothing – elegant and playful!

Lodging for Saturday evening is available on a first-come first-served basis.

Please also plan to join us on Sunday if you wish, for a Community Family Festival from 10:00 – 3:00. Share a lovely brunch, play, explore, and work on the land.

The Whidbey Institute is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible to the extent the law provides.

You won’t want to miss this. Space is limited, so please register well in advance to reserve your spot.

Questions or suggestions?

Please contact Kate Snider, Whidbey Institute Board of Directors.


October 11, 2014
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm