Posted by: Chris Nelson   -   Posted in: News- Mar 30, 2018 Comments Off on THANK YOU!

Thank you to all who helped make Rising as One a success! 

Together we raised over $100,000.00!

Keep reading for a message from Darla Cardwell, Kim Gonzalez and The Rising as One Team.
The room was already buzzing with early birds when the doors to Orfeo officially opened Friday night at 5:30PM. The sweet jazzy sounds from musicians Adriana Giordano and Marco de Carvalh tingled in our souls. Guests made their way to the bar for Aviation cocktails – a first invitation to Rise as One. Thanks to the Davis family no one left the party hungry, as beautiful trays of appetizers were passed throughout the room while garlic-infused mussels, perky oysters on the half-shell, and perfectly crisped eggplant fries lined the bar.
A well-curated array of specially procured items from the classes decorated the space, and guests had the opportunity to see up close and personal a treasure box created specifically for Bright Water by renowned Seattle wood worker, Joel Shepard. Skye Chamberlain was winner of the door prize: a night’s getaway at the Fairmont Hotel. Saundra Hinsley battled it out with the room for a clear win in the Heads and Tails portion of the evening. She and three guests will enjoy dinner at opening night of Terresa and Kevin’s new Restaurant, Zane & Wylie’s Seattle Steakhouse, coming this summer.
Dr. Jayasri Ghosh welcomed and acknowledged the hearts and work of our faculty and retired board president, Jody Pineda, for her service. Sam Blackman got personal, Bryan McGriff served up some baseball, and Mary DeJong both grounded and lifted us to the realms of Gandalf and beyond. A movie moment created by parents reminded us why we do this fundraiser. 
The Live Auction, led by our spritely auctioneer Kevin Joyce, was raucous at times and subdued at others (Pig head anyone?! Anyone?! Yes it sold!). In the end we Raised our Paddles to the future we are creating for our current students and for those who have yet to walk through the doors. We made a dash to the desserts so generously given by the community and called it a night over another round at the bar.
Whether you participated in the online auction, attended the event, donated your time and resources as a volunteer, or acted as an ambassador for Bright Water by simply sharing what we’re up to: Thank you for your generosity, spirit, and help to make this Night Out one to remember!

*As we wrap this event on the backend please note that we’ll soon run credit cards and send out winning certificates for all auction items–including those won online–likely next week. We’ll also be arranging pickup & delivery for any tangible items such as class baskets! Thank you!  

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