Philanthropy Spotlight: March 2018

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Posted by Joe Butler on March 23, 2018, 6 a.m.

Epicurean Delight 
The Inland Northwest Blood Center Foundation’s annual fundraising gala took place at the end of 2017. The 36th annual benefit for INBC provided food and drink from 30 restaurants, wineries and other beverage providers. Proceeds will help expand INBC’s transfusion service program, which will improve automation efforts with local hospital partners and testing of multiple patients at the same time. Food winners included the Ahi Poke Tuna from 1898 Public House, the Rose Petal and Lavender petit fours from Marsells Cakes and Desserts Bakery, and two hard ciders from One Tree Hard Cider. The 2018 event will be Nov. 9, and tickets go on sale in summer. Visit inbcsaves.org for more information.

Epicurean Delight

Christmas Tree Elegance
The Spokane Symphony Associates have been producing Christmas Tree Elegance for the past 35 years, which has raised more than $4.3 million for the Spokane Symphony. In 2017, Christmas Tree Elegance volunteers sold 354,000 $1 raffle tickets for 18 custom-decorated trees with prizes which included gift certificates, items and cash valued up to $5,000 and a Father Christmas sculpture. The trees were displayed at the Davenport Hotel and River Park Square. In 2018, Christmas Tree Elegance will be held between Nov. 27 and Dec. 8.

Christmas Tree Elegance

First Night Spokane
The 17th annual First Night New Year’s Eve Art Festival brought together more than 420 regional artists, musicians, filmmakers, actors and entertainers to put together a New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Spokane. The event, considered downtown’s largest visual and performing arts festival, included activities taking place at eight venues with music, art and other entertainment for adults, teens or entire families. Artwork was later displayed at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. Over the event’s history, more than 10,000 artists and musicians took part, and thousands of revelers came downtown. The Friends of First Night, a non-profit, are still trying to pay for remaining expenses from the 2017 First Night. Though the event won’t be held in 2018, the organization plans to continue promoting local art and artists and schools.

First Night Spokane

If you know of a local organization hosting a gala that you would like to see featured in Platinum, please email us with event information (inclusion is subject to space).