Philanthropy Spotlight: December 2017

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Posted by Theresa Tanner on Jan. 16, 2018, 6 a.m.

Inclement weather on Sept. 21, 2017, required Project Beauty Share Rooftop en Blanc to relocate from its original outdoor venue in Kendall Yards to The White Room, a gallery space in downtown Spokane. The event was attended by more than 100 guests and raised $12,000 to support Project Beauty Share's mission to collect personal hygiene products, cosmetics and beauty products and distribute them through a network of nonprofit organizations who serve women and families overcoming abuse, addiction, homelessness and poverty. The event also served to announce a signature funding raising event, Evening En Blanc, slated for August 2018.

Project Beauty Share

Lena Moses, Tamara McGregor, Jack Heath, Sarah Hamilton and Pete Stanton. Photo by Ifong Chen.

Nearly 600 people gathered at the Spokane Convention Center on Oct. 21, 2017, for the 14th Annual Pumpkin Ball, presented by Banner Bank. Guests were treated to an enchanted evening of champagne, gourmet food, live and silent auctions, raffles, dancing and live music to benefit two local organizations that help vulnerable children in our area: The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery and the Sacred Heart Children's Hospital. The event raised $195,000 (after expenses) and included a local celebrity pumpkin carving competition with teams of community leaders and physicians. Todd Mielke, Greater Spokane, Inc., and Yvonne Smith, Northern Quest Resort & Casino, were this year's winning team.

The Pumpkin Ball

Winning entry in the pumpkin carving competition. Photo by Emily Fisher Photography.

This fall marks the 10th anniversary of the restoration of The Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox to its original Art Deco glory. To celebrate, the Spokane Symphony, which purchased the theater and spearheaded restoration efforts, held a black-tie gala on Nov. 3, 2017, which raised $208,000 to benefit the symphony and fund technology upgrades at The Fox. Thomas Hampson — Spokane native, international opera star, and Grammy Award-winning baritone — performed at the event, and Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshal debuted a poem that he wrote to commemorate the anniversary. The theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Spokane Register of Historic Places, and the Washington Heritage Register.

The Fox 10th Anniversary Restoration Gala

Thomas Hampson, Andrea Herberstein, Rosie Quigley and Frank Knott. Photo by Kim Larsen.