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Donate to Swank 2014! July 30, 2014

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We’ve got the Millennials and emerging leaders. You’ve got the sweet product, can’t-miss service, or vacation package. Let Seattle Works help you meet your goals and gain exposure with this hot demographic.

We’d love to see your name on our ever-expanding list of unique auction items. Here’s how we’ll thank you from the rooftops:

–    Acknowledgement and thanks at our exclusive auction preview party (~50 high-level, VIP attendees)
–    Recognition in our swanky auction catalog (400+ attendees)

Thank you for believing in our volunteers and community programs. We look forward to raising money together to celebrate 25 years of Seattle Works in high style!

** Fill out a procurement form today – deadline 9/12/2014! **

Questions? Want to brainstorm? Email


Countdown to Swank: What should I wear? September 14, 2013

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Need a good excuse to go out in the city and pick up a new pair of heels? How about that gorgeous cocktail dress you just saw on the rack at Nordstrom? Would you prefer a tuxedo and a fancy silk tie? Or a perfectly fitted suit?!

If so, then Swank is the answer for all of the above! Our event at Fremont Studios is the perfect excuse to get dressed up and go out on the town to mingle with all of your friends (and support Seattle Works while you’re at it).

We think these folks look rather Swanky! Hopefully they give you a good idea of what people where to this over the top gala:


We are now less than a month away from SWANK!  It’s time to get shopping (maybe in your friends’ closets) and get deciding on what you’ll wear to this fabulous event.

SWANK is Sat 10/12, 6pm at Fremont Studios

Have you gathered your friends and gotten your tickets?  You don’t want to miss out on this year’s SWANK!



Countdown to Swank: Dessert Dash September 7, 2013

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The most decadent portion of Swank, the Dessert Dash, is a favorite every year among attendees.

Never heard of a dessert dash before? Here’s how it works:

You begin by browsing a table loaded with desserts—from sweet to salty, and everything in-between.  Hello gorgeous!


After cruising the desserts, you will return to your table where everybody has the chance to decide how much they would like to bid.  Each table’s total bid is then collected by a runner. Each table only knows the amount they donated—not that of any other table.

Once all the amounts are tallied, the table with the highest combined bid gets to visit the dessert table first, and stake claim to their dessert.  Make sure you pick someone who is ready to run because all of the other tables will be making a mad dash for the desserts too!

Later the dessert is plated and served for your table to indulge in.  This becomes quite competitive and we fully support friendly competition at Swank.


We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all of the bakeries and bakers who have donated (and continue to donate!) items for the Dessert Dash!

Interested in donating? You still have time! Fill out this quick form or contact

PS – if you haven’t gotten your tickets for Swank yet, what are you waiting for?


Countdown to Swank: Thank You Sponsors! August 31, 2013

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We’re officially only six weeks away from Swank! THis week we’d like to take a few minutes to thank the companies that support Seattle Works through the sponsorship of Swank.

It is impossible to put on a great fundraiser alone! We have learned through our Hot Projects, Team Works, and Corporate Projects that the key to success is a sound partnership. As cheesy as it sounds, there is no “I” in “team,” so we would like to extend gratitude to our SWANK SPONSORS for 2013:

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Boeing Company, Gallatin Public Affairs, Davis Wright Tremaine, Microsoft, Northeastern University, Point B, Revel Consulting, Starbucks, and Wright Runstad & Company


There’s still time if Swank sounds like a great fit for your company to sponsor!

Swank attracts 400+ local young professionals who are active, engaged, and interested in their community. Sound like an audience that your company wants to get in front of? There are different sponsorship levels for Swank—and we would love to help you find the perfect fit. Sponsorship levels start at just $500!

Often times Swank sponsorships are secured by an employee who knows and likes (or loves) Seattle Works and takes the chance to ask their boss about sponsorship opportunities from their company.  All it takes is an ask, and it would mean so much to us!


Questions? Or want us to give you some materials to help with the ask? Email for more information.


Look Who Got Swanky at the Preview Party! August 22, 2013

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Swank Preview Party was earlier this week… and it was awesome!  Just over 50 people gathered to hear more about Seattle Works, what we have planned for Swank this year and to soak up some August sunshine.

We had wine tasting, tasty appetizers, good company, games and prizes.


Wanna play the quick game from the party? We’d love you to!

  1. How many Hot Projects has Seattle Works hosted this summer (June – August)?
  2. How many people have been trained through The Bridge since the program began in 2005?
  3. How many nonprofits have we partnered with or served in the last two years?
  4. How many people participated in this year’s Seattle Works Day?
  5. In what year was Seattle Works founded?

The questions are hard, but the answers are below (so you can cheat – we’re all for it).  We also previewed a handful of the items guests at Swank can bid on this year including:

  • Private Party for 40 at Grim’s
  • Live Taping of THE SOUP!
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Russian Vodka Party
  • Snowshoe trip for 10
  • $100 of Dogs – Po Dogs that is
  • One month at Bar Method
  • … and MORE!

Check out the full description of the items and others:   We’ll continue adding to this list as we get closer to the event, so check back.

If you have an item that you’d like to donate to Swank, we’d love to have it. It’s a great opportunity to get your product or business in front of 400 of Seattle’s emerging leaders.  You can contact us ( or fill out this quick form.


Have you grabbed your tickets to Swank yet? Go for it! Swank is Saturday, October 12th at Fremont Studios and we don’t want you to miss out:



1.61 Hot Projects, 2.1266 Bridge grads, 3. 263 nonprofits 4. 1126 Seattle Works Day participants 5. 1989 is when we were founded (almost 25 years ago!)


Swank Preview Party next Tues 8/20 August 13, 2013

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What is Swank? Are you confused as to why everyone in Seattle is buzzing about how it is THE event to be at in October?

Now is your chance to find out why! Join us at Bottlehouse (1416 34th Ave, Seattle 98122) next Tues 8/20 from 6-8pm as we sip delicious Washington wines and nibble some fancy cheeses. Mingle with others to find out what Swank is, why it’s the party of the year, hear more about the work Seattle Works does in our community and be inspired to join us at the event in October! We’ll also have some fun games and prizes for you to try your hand at winning.

You’ll also be a part of the select group that gets a preview of the items up for bid at Swank. And trust us, there’s some good stuff. These have not been shared publicly yet—so you definitely do not want to miss out.

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We encourage you to RSVP–and don’t forget to bring all of your friends, too! Invitation here


Come Swank with us! August 1, 2013

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Today’s a big day. Better than Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, the 4th of July, and St. Patrick’s Day all combined. Want to know why? SWANK REGISTRATION OPENED TODAY.

You know what that means–run, jump, skip and hop on over to our website and register for tickets.

Clearly we are super excited about this year’s Swank on Sat 10/12 and we can’t wait to spend the evening with you.