On May 18, 2018, 300 L-Dub fans came together at Block 41 in downtown Seattle to celebrate 20 Years of L-Dub! It was so wonderful to spend an evening with people who believe in the power of our small but mighty school, and in our graduates, students, and faculty and staff.
The event was a success! The Fund a Need raised an unprecedented $175,000! $50,000 of this would not have been possible without a generous $25,000 match at the $500 level! Thank you to everyone who rose their paddles high for the Cary Wyatt McCrae Financial Aid Fund. All proceeds from Fund a Need – indeed the entire gala – support tuition assistance for our families.
We raised $11,000 in the dessert dash; community events raised $6,300; and the raffle brought in a whopping $13,000! An additional $14,000 was raised through the amazing photos taken of our students by the fabulous Brian Smale P'18, the wine toss, bar donations, and the 20th anniversary commemorative Glassbabys! Thank you for spending an evening with us your generosity inspires so much of what we are able to do at L-Dub!
Our program featured alumnae...
- Actor Rachel Kaftan ‘13, Franklin High School graduate, finalist in the 2016 National August Wilson Monologue Competition, and theatre student at Loyola Marymount University;
- Washington State Running Start at Seattle Central and Seattle poet Azura Tyabji ‘14, one of 10 young poets competing at the Youth Speaks Seattle 2018 Grand Slam;
- Jamie Keene '08, policy analyst in the Mayor’s Office in Washington, D.C., former Political Appointee, White House Council of Economic Advisers of the Obama Administration, and Smith College graduate;
- and Savannah Blackwell '17, Franklin High School freshman and lead of the the FHS Drama Program’s Spring Musical The Wiz.
You can see all the photos of the gala by Lucien Knuteson here.