The Seattle Hotel Association’s 19th annual “Evening of Hope Gala” presented by Delta Air Lines is fast approaching. This year’s fete will be held on February 6 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle and will transport guests to a grand Venetian Masquerade Ball. Gala chair is René Neidhart, general manager of the Renaissance Seattle Hotel.

The evening begins with a social hour and silent auction from 5–7 p.m. The auction will benefit Mary’s Place, an organization that offers employment, housing and medical resources for homeless women, children and families, as well as five area emergency night shelters for homeless families. Following the social hour, dinner features Italian-inspired dishes by chef Gavin Stephenson.

For this year’s event, Matthew White, owner of White Branches, will create several mask styles for guests to purchase during the event, with proceeds from the sale of the masks going to Mary’s Place. These one-of-a-kind designed masks reveal the courageous heart and spirit within everyone.

The evening will honor Suzie Burke, president of Fremont Dock Company. Burke has been an active board member with numerous organizations, including Holy Names Academy, North Seattle Industrial Association, Wallingford Boys & Girls Club, Fremont Rotary, Seattle Police Foundation, and Seattle University.

The Seattle Hotel Association promotes tourism and reinvesting in the local Seattle community. The organization created the “Evening of Hope” gala in 1996 to showcase the organization’s effort to make a difference for people in the community. All proceeds from the gala benefit a selected charity. To date, the association has raised more than $5.4 million.

GRAND BALL GALA TICKETS: Priced at $350 per person, Gala tickets are available by visiting the Seattle Hotel Association website or by calling event director Suzanne Hight at 206.236.6167.

ORA SOCIALE: Priced at $100 per person, this ticket includes entrance to the social and silent auction from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are available by visiting the Seattle Hotel Association website or by calling Hight at 206.236.6167.

ATTIRE: Venetian extravagance—complete with the quintessential mask—is encouraged.

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