The event was the brainchild of Sustainable Seattle, POAGP(Pursuit of a Green Planet), Sustainable Central District and the many contributors and donors. It was an evening of fun, food and games and the ambiance at Hidmo was as per usual wonderful, homey and welcoming. (By the way the food at Hidmo is fantastic and I highly recommend the vegetarian plates.)
We had a large number of preregistered folks who signed up for the evening and more than expected showed up on the night of the event. The evening went swimmingly with the seven different "acts" flowing from one to another like tributaries to a great river. There was laughter, conversation, alcohol and connection and it was very good.
The night also featured performances from local music artists that included Young N Brave, a group of hip hop artists with a message of hope who happen to be on BET on December 22 on the networks landmark show "106 and Park."
We also were honored to have another local star Yirim Seck give us a performance that reminded me of a young Mos Def.
I can't explain how happy I am that this event went so well. We have been in rebirth for this last year and like the phoenix I see bright things for the organization moving forward. I'm not the only one as these comments from other members of Sustainable Seattle can attest.
As far as I could tell, everybody was having a good time and enjoyed themselves throughout the night. That was the clearest measure of success, but it wouldn’t have been possible without such great performers and attendees. It was a pleasure speaking with and getting to know many of them. Yirim Seck and Young-N-Brave’s conclusion to the evening was nothing short of awesome. Both artists were that much more impressive live than on record.
The annual event was a great way to recognize all the work that so many people have put into sustainability this past year. A crowd of our supporters and new friends gathered over music, laughter and drink to see performances and recognize amazing individuals and businesses who have made it part of their practice to be able to sustain not only themselves, but the planet. The mind-boggling number of contributors to our silent auction and the wealth of talents that the Sustainable Seattle family has got to be shown off, and I was so happy to be able to be a part of this organization for 2010. Collaboration with the Take Back Your Time and the ideas moving forward for the Seattle Area Happiness Initiative make me excited to begin work in 2011!
There are so many parties to thank for the success of this years annual event I don't know where to begin. I will start by thanking those who were able to attend the event. The number of attendees was impressive and the hard work of many has paid off in grand ways! This event was a fantastic demonstration of the support Sustainable Seattle has again begun to receive throughout the Seattle community and I am confident this will continue to grow in future months.
The awards program and ceremony was deemed a huge success by all parties involved and would like to acknowledge and thank all of the nominees for their work towards improving the sustainability of the Puget Sound region. With all but one award recipient present we received great feedback and thanks from all award nominees and winners. I would again like to thank the judges for their brilliance and expertise, without them the program would not have been possible.
With so much momentum moving into the New Year I am excited for what the future hold at Sustainable Seattle and can truly say what an exciting time it is to be involved with the organization.
Congratulations and thank you to all! Sustainable Seattle ROCKS!
Contributors and Sponsors
Without the support and contribution of the following people this event would have not been as successful as it was. Many, many thanks for all your aid and assistance!
Silent Auction Contributors:
Maritime NW Garden Guide (book)
Two yards compost & 10 bags potting soil
$150 gift certificate
The Secret World of Slugs and Snails/one hour consulting time
4 Passes/SAM membership
Signed copy of Four Fish
$50 certificates towards STARs workshop, Desk space
Quilceda Creek red and Amavi Semillon white wine
Urban Beekeeping lessons
2 hrs sustainability and green building consulting time
Forest Moss soaps, dinner at Herb Farm, WEB Assessment
signed copies of National Parks: The American Experience
4 passes to David Garrett at Paramount Theatre
Moving package: 2 bedroom bundle for 3 weeks
Afluenza DVDs and books
French lessons, Salsa lessons
2 months unlimited yoga
Handmade recycled cashmere & wool patch scarf & arm warmers
Twig Landscape Design
2hr gardening/landscape design consultation
Hand crafted jewelry
Photographs by Eldan Goldenburg
Two art series by Laura Musikanski
Peas! by Elizabeth Sheets
Sarah Jane Lapp New York Party & '04 GOP convention cartoon