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Gala 2019 – May 17, 2019

Each spring an annual gala is held to celebrate L-Dub and support the financial aid fund, separate from the Fuerza Fund. The evening includes inspiring speakers, a cocktail reception, raffle, wine grab, and a festive dinner.

Mark you calendars, gather loved ones and friends, and put on your masks and capes...and become superheroes at this year's gala, May 17, 2019! We'll be celebrating the everyday heroes and acts of heroism at L-Dub, and we hope you can join us for great food, good friends, and even better deeds!

For Access

With equity and social justice at the core of our mission, we are steadfast in our resolve to have the resources available so that every accepted L-Dub girl receives everything our program has to offer. Recognizing that tuition and fees are a large financial commitment and for many, a significant barrier for entry, LWGMS reserves 15% of its overall budget to our Financial Aid Program. This aid is designed to offset the difference between a family's resources and the tuition and other costs associated with attending LWGMS. 

LWGMS allocated more than $320,000 in need-based financial aid to 25% of the student body in the 2018/2019 school year. This commitment to access – and providing an L-Dub education to families who otherwise might not have considered one an option – is deeply important to us and to our community.

For Inclusion

While financial aid supports the tuition and fees of a student to access an LWGMS education, the Fuerza Chest was established for students in need of additional support to participate in school- and Fuerza Family Association-related activities – such as costs associated with student weekend gatherings and excursions, or tickets to our annual gala – not covered by tuition and fees or existing financial aid awards. All requests are handled confidentially and with sensitivity.

+ The Ask

A solicitation will be made during the event with proceeds supporting financial aid to ensure every student, regardless of economic background, can access an L-Dub education and fully engage in the learning, exploring, and opportunities that empower or girls to be strong in ind, body, and voice.

As a community, our collective effort matters. We ask everyone to participate and invest at the level that is meaningful to their families. Every size of investment makes a difference. Today, 23% of LWGMS students receive some form of financial assistance to attend.

+ Giving Levels to Consider

The paddle raise at the LWGMS Gala offers a variety of donation levels, and a collective opportunity for everyone in the room to make a difference together. On May 17, when the Ask is made for Financial Aid and Fuerza Chest, please participate with a donation that is personally meaningful. Your generous support will help change student’s lives. Thank you!

  • $10,000
  • $5,000
  • $2,500
  • $1,000
  • $500
  • $250
  • $100
  • $50
  • $25

If you’d like to raise your paddle before the night of the event, please contact us at gala@lwgms.org.

+ Why join?

  • Celebrate and support L-Dub!
  • Invest in the economic diversity of our community!
  • Enjoy good food, good wine (donated by Dreaming Tree/Dave Matthews P'16), and good company!

+ Event Details

When & Where: Friday, May 17, 2019

Block 41

115 Bell Street | Downtown Seattle

+ Ticket Prices

  • Alumna (Classes of ‘01-’12) Ticket $25 (please email us for coupon code)
  • Single Ticket $100
  • Benefactor Ticket $175
  • Table of 8 $750
  • Benefactor Table $1,200
  • Sponsorships $1,500 – $250

+ Event Schedule

6:00p Cocktail Reception; registration open at 5:30p

7:00p Ballroom opens for seating and dinner

7:30p Program featuring...tbd!

+ Highlights

  • Remarks from Head of School Patti Hearn
  • Raise the Paddle for the Financial Aid Fund hosted by Auctioneer Laura Michalek
  • Benefitting LWGMS and our efforts to make our program as accessible to as many students as possible so they are empowered to be strong in mind, body, and voice.
  • Food by Ravishing Radish Catering

+ The Menu

Stationed hors d’oeuvres...

MEDITERRANEAN MEZZE – assortment of salami and hot coppa, artisan sliced cheeses, grilled and marinated vegetables, La Panzanella croccantini. Served with crackers and gluten-free crackers.

Family Style Dinner

BABY ARUGULA & FENNEL SALAD – baby arugula, shaved fennel, pink grapefruit, goat cheese, and blood orange vinaigrette

SEARED WILD SALMON (gf) – organic heirloom tomato and basil vinaigrette

BRAISED OREGON COUNTRY SHORT RIBS (gf) – with a Malbec reduction

SEARED SWEET POTATO POLENTA TRIANGLES (gf/vegan)– sautéed kale, caramelized onions, chick peas, and roasted red pepper coulis


YUKON GOLD MASHED POTATOES (gf/veg) – with calendula blossom garnish

MACRINA ARTISANAL BREADS (veg) with chive butter


Dessert Dash!

+ Attire


+ Event Parking

We encourage guests to ride share to the event!Paid street parking is available throughout Belltown.Parking Lots Nearby:

  • 2312 1st Ave between Bell & Battery
  • 2216 3rd Ave between Bell & Blanchard
  • 314 Bell Street between 3rd & 4th

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