Seattle Works

A blog that documents all things Seattle Works…and much much more!

We are getting excited for Swank, are you? July 12, 2013

Filed under: Support Seattle Works,Swank — seattleworks @ 9:40 am

Saturday 10/12, 6pm – midnight | Fremont Studios | $99 per ticket

Tickets go on sale Thursday 8/1 on our Swank webpage

We are quickly approaching SWANK 2013! Make sure to purchase your tickets, brush up on your dance moves, and invite all of your friends to our annual fundraiser.

Swank is an evening full of fun and inspiration including a silent auction, cocktail reception, games, a live auction, excellent dinner, dessert dash and dancing to one of Seattle’s hottest DJs.

In 2012, we had over 400 attendees who helped raise $150,000 towards our mission. We need your help to make this event bigger and even more fantastic than last year!

The dollars support our work to get more people volunteering, voting, giving money and stepping up as leaders. Check out more about Seattle Works’ programs.

Interested in sponsoring this awesome event and getting your company in front of 400 emerging leaders? Sponsorship begins at just $500- check out your options and join us!



SWANK! Now That’s What We Call a Successful Night! October 17, 2012

Filed under: Swank — seattleworks @ 5:32 pm

SWANK was last Saturday and well… we are still recovering!

What a great night it was.  We had surprise performances from two aerialists thanks to the wonderful people at SANCA! Jello shots – gourmet style handcrafted by Sergey Smirnov of Labcoat Cocktails. Shotskis (branded with Seattle Works’ logo) compliments of  Hot tub boats, a 60″ television, spa packages, vacations to DC, NYC, Hawaii, Chelan, Long Beach and Suncadia. A seven day cruise, 50 shades of Swank package, a music lover’s package with a backstage KEXP tour and more!

It was an awesome night that raised $150,000 for Seattle Works. Out of an annual budget of about $450,000 – that. is. huge.  This funding will fuel our organization through the new year and thanks to fundapalooza, ensure we keep kicking butt during the second year of our Innovation Hub Initiative. We see the gap between people who want to give back and amazing local organizations who are looking for resources – and we know what it takes to bring those groups together! We’re harnessing the time, skills, voices and money of the next generation and putting it to work!

Want to see some of the shenanigans that happened on our live twitter wall?  Check out our storify recap!


Photobooth photos are the best!



Do you have photos from the event?  We want to see! Email them to or tag us on facebook.

Swank You to all sponsors, attendees, donors, committee members, volunteers, table captains, board members and vendors.  We could not have done this without you and we appreciate your help!


SWANK Auction Item Preview – Long Beach October 10, 2012

Filed under: Swank — seattleworks @ 7:34 am

Have you ever been to Long Beach? Washington that is, not the LBC.


It feels like a world away, but it’s just a few hours southwest of us.  SWANK will feature an item that was generously donated by the community of Long Beach this year.


Check it out! It includes all this and more:

Will you be the lucky winner of this romantic getaway weekend? You could be if you’re at SWANK!


Grab your tickets today – SWANK is Saturday.


Another Happy Swank Winner – Fremont Solstice Parade Package will be back! October 9, 2012

Filed under: Board of Directors,Swank — seattleworks @ 7:12 am

Sure you can always just walk up to the Fremont Solstice Parade, but why not go in style?


Last year, with the package I won from Seattle Works at SWANK, I didn’t have to worry about waking up at 4am to go out and claim a spot. Didn’t have to sit in the cold by myself fighting off would be encroachers like seagulls eyeing a piece of bread. No, my friends I just leisurely rolled out of bed, made our way to Fremont and found a prime location staked and ready for the festivities.

The Seattle Works crew (aka board of directors) had a basket of goodies waiting for us. Street chalk, yo-yo’s, decorative headdresses, bubbles!, OJ (with a certain bubbly additive), coffee, and they even had breakfast served from a nearby members kitchen! It was my first Solstice parade, and I don’t know if I will be able to replicate my first time (isn’t that always the case), unless maybe I bid on the package again this year…


Chris Tezak, 2011 winner of the Fremont Solstice Parade package at SWANK!

Huge thanks to Chris for taking the time to write this post and send us these photos.


Make sure you’re at SWANK to bid on this package (and more wonderfully Swanky experiences) Saturday October 13th. Get your tickets before it’s too late!


Jane + Trevor! A Team Works Love Story October 6, 2012

Filed under: Swank,Team Works,Volunteer — seattleworks @ 8:50 am

I love small-world moments. A little over three years ago, I was searching for something new. I was searching for a way to meet new people, try new things, and ideally feel like I was making a difference. A friend of mine suggested I look into Seattle Works, and sent me a link. Within 15 minutes, I had sent my registration for Team Works.

Right about the same time, a woman named Jane was searching for the same thing. She heard about Seattle Works from a friend of hers, and ended up on my Team Works team.

Through our four Saturdays we spent volunteering, as well as the happy hours and morning trips for coffee that would follow, we found out a lot about each other. We went to the same high school. We went to the same middle school. It wasn’t until she seemingly reached into the depths of my own memory and pulled out details of her elementary school computer class that we realized we’d actually been in the same schools for most of our lives – and yet, we hadn’t met until our respective friends suggested we sign up to volunteer with Seattle Works.

A little over three months ago, Jane and I were married at an adorable bistro in our neighborhood, that happened to be just a few blocks from where our Team Works orientation brought us together for the first time.

This story is one of many reasons Jane and I will be at SWANK this year, giving a little something back to the organization that gave us the greatest small-world moment we’ve ever experienced.


Thank you Trevor (and Jane) for sharing your story with us.  We can’t wait to see you at SWANK!


If you’re interested in possibly creating a small-world moment of your own. SWANK is coming up on Sat 10/13 and Team Works is kicking things off  with a party on Wed 10/10 – sign up now!


A Call to All Newbies: Come to #SWSwank 2012! October 3, 2012

Filed under: Swank — seattleworks @ 7:14 am

I am a total newbie to Seattle Works. I started volunteering with the Social Media Committee last winter and I’ve been impressed from the start by everyone’s committment to the organization, natural civic-mindedness and best of all: their desire to have fun!


That actually in my opinion is what I like best about Seattle Works – we get to do good things around the community be surrounded by good people and have a blast doing it. What more could you ask for?


So with all of this in mind, I have to tell you how excited I am for this year’s SWANK! I’ve never attended this event, but have been part of the planning and I have to tell you it is going to be a blast. From the stellar attendees who naturally know how to have fun, to the amazing auction prizes that will be impossible to resist and of course the integration of social media throughout the event to keep us all engaged – this event is not to be missed.


I am here to invite you to the best event that also happens to be a fundraiser for Seattle Works. And what do you have to lose? For $99 per ticket you’ll get a nice dinner, flowing wine, a chance to meet fun, like-minded people and who knows, maybe even walk away with a fabulous auction prize!


I’ll be there, so if this is your first-time or if you’re a veteran, come and join the experience with me.

Grab your tickets today – they’re moving fast!



Thanks to Nicole Caven, Seattle Works volunteer for writing this guest post!




How Strong Is Your Sweet Tooth? September 30, 2012

Filed under: Swank — seattleworks @ 10:12 am

If you’re willing to dish out some dough and push your way to the front of the line all for the sake of a frosted cake or peanut butter cookies – you could lead your table to victory! Swank’s Dessert Dash will give you a sugar kick for a good cause.

But, what is a Dessert Dash? It’s a great way to participate in Swank, give to Seattle Works and enjoy some immediate gratification.

Here’s the breakdown:

1. Bid!

It works kind of like our silent auctions. Before dinner, every table gets a bid form. Each person at the table can bid from $1 to $1 million (mmm… red velvet cake – it’s worth it). The total is then tallied, collected and each table is ranked in order from highest amount given to lowest amount given.  Each table then selects their speediest runner. Good luck!

2. Dash!

During the live auction there will be a couple breaks for the Dash. The auctioneers will announce the tables with the highest bids. From there, the selected table runners must run and claim the dessert of their choosing by sticking the table’s flag in it. Be aggressive and claim that cupcake prize!

3. Enjoy – yummy yummy

Your claimed dessert will be brought to your table for you to enjoy, all plated up and ready to dig in.

Needless to say, there is some pushing and shoving. You can try to be polite, but you’ll lose your chance at the French Silk Pie. It’s a dog-eat-dog world – but Seattle Works also knows that a little friendly competition has never hurt anyone… too badly at least.
Haven’t gotten your tickets to Swank yet? There’s still time!

Big thanks to Irfan Shariff, Social Media Committee member who wrote this post!