Join us for the Economic Opportunity Institute’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, September 20th, 2018
5:30 PM

39119 SavetheDate Proof_Part1- rotateYour presence is requested – please join us at our 20th Anniversary dinner!
The evening will feature delicious buffet dinner and drinks and an exciting program. We’ll honor our shared victories, be inspired by community allies working for change, and shine a light toward future successes. Your support will help make Washington State a more equitable and just place for everyone to live, work, play and raise a family.



Thursday, September 20th, 2018
5:30 p.m. Social Hour; 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dinner and Program
Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center ** Please note this year’s new event location!
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109


All tickets include our fun social hour (complete with games, a live DJ and a photo booth!), a delicious buffet dinner and dessert (GF and vegetarian options available) and an educational, inspiring program.

Premium: $250 Includes complimentary parking, premium event seating, take home gift, and special recognition at the event
VIP: $150 Includes special recognition at the event
General admission: $100
Can’t attend? You can still support our work with a regrets donation!


Our program will feature speakers Ijeoma Oluo and Senator Karen Keiser, the first ever recipients of the Aubrey Davis Visionary Leadership Award and the Aubrey Davis Lifetime Achievement Award. Our Master of Ceremonies will be EOI Board President and owner of Plum Bistro Vegan Restaurant Makini Howell.

  • Senator Karen Keiser, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient 
    Sen. Karen Keiser represents Washington state’s 33rd Legislative District, which includes a number of suburbs south of Seattle, including SeaTac, Kent, Des Moines and Burien. During her tenure as an elected official, Senator Karen has played a key role in advancing equity for the people of Washington State, including passing and implementing health care reform prior to, and under, the Affordable Care Act, Paid Family and Medical Leave in 2017, the Equal Pay Opportunity Act, and a package of laws protecting workers from sexual harassment in 2018. Sen. Keiser is passionate about helping working families and improving women’s economic security.
  • Ijeoma Oluo, Visionary Leadership Award Recipient
    Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based writer, speaker, and Internet Yeller. She’s the author of the New York Times Best-Seller So You Want to Talk about Race, published in January by Seal Press. Named one of the The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2017, one of the Most Influential People in Seattle by Seattle Magazine, one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle by Seattle Met, and winner of the of the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award by the American Humanist Society, Oluo’s work focuses primarily on issues of race and identity, feminism, social and mental health, social justice, the arts, and personal essay. Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, NBC News, Elle Magazine, TIME, The Stranger, and the Guardian, among other outlets.
  • Makini Howell, Master of Ceremonies
    Makini Howell is the Economic Opportunity Institute’s Board President and is the creator and owner of Seattle’s Plum Restaurants, which include Plum Bistro, Plum Burgers, Plum Pantry, Plum Chopped, and Sugar Plum. Her work popularizing vegan cuisine through her restaurants and her cookbook “Plum” has earned her national recognition. Makini is also a champion for progressive workplace policies, and was a leader in the campaign for paid sick days and the $15 minimum wage in Seattle.


Parking is available in all Seattle Center lots or on the street. The closest garage is the 1st Avenue North garage, which puts you about 1.5 blocks away from Fisher Pavilion at the corner of 2nd and Thomas. Additional garages are on Mercer Street near McCaw Hall and on 5th Avenue and Harrison.The Seattle Center is accessible by bus, monorail, bicycle, and foot!

Parking is included with the purchase of a Premium Ticket.

Click here to download a Seattle Center map.


Disabled Parking: With a disabled parking permit, you may park all day in a one-hour or two-hour parking spot, of which they are several near the corner of Second and Thomas near the church and on the south side of Thomas Street behind the Seattle Center Pavilion.
Drop Off Locations: Gate 2/3 at the corner of Second and Thomas
Accessible Entries: East elevator and front (north) doors
Elevators/Ramps: East Elevator
Accessible Restrooms: Each restroom has an ADA stall. There are also accessible water fountains inside at both the east and west ends of the building


Event sponsors and table captains power our movement for equity! We accept sponsorships until day of the event, but some benefits are only available if reserved by Friday, June 22nd. For more information, contact EOI Development Director, Sam Hatzenbeler, via email or by phone at (206) 529-6375 or click here for more information about sponsorship opportunities.


We rely on our table captains to help us get everyone to the party! Your task as table captain is to fill a table of ten. Your guests may purchase their tickets individually or you can purchase them in advance. If you would like to be a table captain, contact EOI Development Director, Sam Hatzenbeler, via email or by phone at (206) 529-6375. Click here for more information about becoming a table captain.










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