Muchas Gracias, Seattle!

Six hundred guests filled Fremont Studios for a festive evening celebrating clean water at our 8th Annual Seattle Give Water, Give Life Benefit. A record $650,000 was raised — surpassing last year’s total by $100,000 and ending the walk for water for an additional 8,700 beneficiaries.
View event photos here.

Guests enjoyed live Latin music, authentic food and drink and shopping in our international market. They watched a short film shot on location in Honduras followed by an inspirational presentation by Executive Director Marla Smith-Nilson.

In recognition of their extraordinary support of Water 1st, Dick and Barbara Stuart received the 2012 Water Ambassador Award. Water 1st Advisory Council member Congressman Jim McDermott presented the award to his good friends, the Stuarts, and endorsed the work of Water 1st. Thanks to a generous group of Water 1st supporters, all donations $500 and above were matched dollar for dollar up to $230,000. The fiesta continued at the after-party with dancing to the sounds of Manigua Band while traditional Honduran beverages flowed.

Thank you, Seattle, for being part of our effort to transform lives around the world!

A special thanks to our event sponsors, table hosts, event committee and event volunteers for making the evening a smashing success!

Contact Jennifer Norling if you are interested in getting involved in planning next year’s event.

Our Sponsors

Ted and Carol Anderson
Brian Arbogast and Valerie Tarico
Sarah Banks and Malcolm Harker
Ron and Barbara Carucci
Linda and Mac Cheever
John and Elsie Crossman
Sara DeRuyck and Chris Hansot
Margie Duckstad and Kevin Coluccio
Nancy Eiselt and Dan Billey
Kristi England
Josh and Kimberly Epperson
Ellen and Terry Gibbons
Jane and Chris Husband
Pat Kennedy and Melissa Ries
Kristin Lamson and Derek Pell
Brian and Diane Langstraat
Jim Moore and Kristi Branch
Betty and Larry Nilson
Karen Nilson and Chris Pamp
Jennifer Norling and Kirk Anderson
Steve Romein and Ty Cramer
Christine and Eric Schoening
Sercu Family
Marla Smith-Nilson and Jim Nilson
Jim and Jolanne Stanton
Dick and Barbara Stuart
Darryl Swenson and Carol Merrifield
Cecilia and Ed Whatley
Tomoko Yamazaki and Peter Duncan
Anonymous Donors

Event Committee
Sarah Banks
Embrey Bronstad
Ron Carucci
Sara DeRuyck
Margie Duckstad
Josh Epperson
Jane Husband
Diane Langstraat
Steve Romein
Kate Schneider
Christine Maxwell Schoening
Kyle Sontgerath
Darryl Swenson
Cecilia Whatley
Scott Wolf
Tomoko Yamazaki