From her first day as Chief Development Officer at Sound, Sue Bean and her team were committed to creating an annual fundraiser that inspired and connected people to the work we do. On November 14 2017, with the launch of Sound’s first ever IMAGINE fundraising luncheon, the Development team achieved just that, raising more than $150,000.
“We sought to engage our community with inspiring stories and a strong case for the work we’re doing every day to build hope, encourage recovery and inspire our clients toward better lives,” she said. “Our supporters are crucial in sustaining our work and we wanted to successfully communicate that their partnership and support is a key reason we are able to do the work we do.”
Mistress of Ceremonies, Mona Lee Locke, hosted the event, bringing a warmth and vitality to the luncheon, while CEO Patrick Evans reminded attendees, during a stirring, affecting monologue, that the work of Sound saves lives, restores families and contributes stability to our entire community.
One of the most touching moments during the program was an emotional and moving video that featured the stories of two Sound clients, Danny Wills and Jeanette Anderson. Each client, struggling with years of addiction and mental health issues, shared their hardships, determination and ultimate recovery with the help of Sound.
Kevin Martyn, of the Martyn Family Foundation, reached out to attendees, asking them to support Sound, intimating a close family member’s personal struggles with mental illness. During his speech, he challenged attendees to give generously, offering to match the total donated with a $20,000 gift.
“This was an unexpected gift from Kevin,” said Bean. “Our guests responded with compassion and selflessness, and Kevin’s match made a significant impact on our event and on what we are able to do for our community’s most vulnerable people.”
Bean extended a special thanks to the Sound Board of Directors, its Table Captains, its volunteers, and its sponsors who, collectively, made the event a major success.
Sponsors this year included BNBuilders, Puget Sound Business Journal, NW Signs, Keeny’s Office Supply, Parker Smith & Feek, Genoa Healthcare, Salal Credit Union, Enterprise Holdings, Perkins Coie, Heritage Bank, A&A Printing, The Commerce Bank of Washington, US Bank, Jackson Main, 1st Security Bank and Unimark.
Plans are already underway for next years’ event, which is planned for November 8, 2018. More details will follow in the months ahead.