For the past decade, L-Dub – supported by countless volunteers hours and donors – has held a fundraising auction in the spring. Planning begins in the fall and after months of procuring goods, services, trips and adventures our community gathers to celebrate and raise critical funds for our beloved school. Alumnae come back to help and inspire, faculty speeches are made, and everyone leaves feeling hopeful for our future, knowing we are in good hands with L-Dub Alumnae at the helm of this complex world we live in. We also spend much of the evening bidding on silent auction items, raising our paddles in the live auction, all while wishing we had more time to enjoy conversations with friends, make new connections, and relish in a program highlighting what L-Dub is all about – the girls!
This year marked the beginning of a new decade. A decade where we will still celebrated, dined, and banded together to raise transformational funds in the fund-a need, but without a silent or live auction. Gone are the days of asking friends, neighbors, restaurants, and businesses to donate to the school; gone are the days of frantically looking for those procurement forms you know you put somewhere for safekeeping; and gone are the days of frantically getting your items in before the deadline! This year we produced an L-Dub style “Ted Talk.” Facilitated by young alumnae, Sami '12, Anna '12, Char '15, our guests learned how attending Lake Washington Girls Middle School has affected – and is still inspiring – the lives of other alumnae. Take a look…
If any other alumnae out there would like to send a similar story or message to our girls/the school, please submit your video here.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who planned, executed, sponsored, raised their paddles, and celebrated Lake Washington Girls Middle School at the Gala last Friday night! It was wonderful to see our community gathered together and wholeheartedly supporting L-Dub girls. We are thrilled to report that your contributions raised over $145,000! Wow!
We must take a moment to thank Susie Bunker and the Fearless GALA Team, Shelley Thomas, Jane Dauber, Sumathi Ragahavan, Rachel Stamm, Christine Gutierrez, Hannah Morgan, the multi-talented set up crew Joe Park, Eric Olson, Ed Fotheringham, Ann Pottier, Joyce and Michael Cruz, Amy Young, Diedra Murano, Jill Jago, Leanne Corcoran, Jean Joichi, Quantum Martial Arts for their brawn and late night clean up help, and our very own Ben Jablonsky and Dawn James of Pyramid Catering for nourishing us!
The Superstar Alumnae who inspired us all, Sami Braman '12, Anna Fotheringham '12, Char Cox '15, Whitney Knox '01, Elizabeth Huse '13, Rachel Kaftan '13, and Quinn Angelou-Lysaker '13, Maddie Lee '07, Parkavi Turner '11, and Mackenzie Lawrence '01.