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Gratitude Gala 2015

October 10, 2015



Please join us for our second annual Gratitude Gala and fundraising event. It promises to be a magical evening!


We will come together in community for an evening of celebration and support for the Whidbey Institute.  Join us in appreciation of staff, program leaders, donors, and community for their inspiring, powerful, and life-changing work. As a key part of the program, we will express our gratitude to two of our Whidbey Institute Senior Fellows, Larry Parks Daloz and Sharon Daloz Parks, for their formative and ongoing service to the organization.

The evening festivities will include a thoughtfully curated silent auction and a limited number of select live auction items,  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 – supporting our ability to provide community events and conference programming; staffing our work on behalf of thriving communities, empowered leaders, and vital ecosystems; caring for the Chinook land and buildings; providing scholarships for participants with financial need; and expanding access to our programs for more individuals and communities.  The funds raised from the Gala will be of great importance in the continuing work of the Whidbey Institute.

Thank you for being a key part of this transformative work!

Sharon-LarrySchedule of Events

5:00 – 6:30   |   Reception
Appetizers, wine, silent auction, 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 our Senior Fellows, 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 spirit with festive clothing. Feel free to reflect our theme of “elegant, rustic, moss” in recognition of Larry!

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 – 1:30. Share a lovely brunch, play, explore, enjoy music and art, and spend time getting to know one another better 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 permits.

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 10, 2015