Words Matter 2018 Benefit Gala & Literary Auction

Words Matter 2018 Benefit Gala & Literary Auction

Past Event: Thursday, March 22, 2018

At Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

Thank you to everyone who gathered together to celebrate SAL’s 30th Anniversary at Words Matter! Thanks to your remarkable generosity, together we raised $318,534 to fuel inspiration, conversation, and community. It was truly a gift to come together to toast our 2018 Prowda Literary Champions – the intrepid journalist Mary Ann Gwinn, and the visionary founders of the Seattle Review of Books, Paul Constant, Martin McClellan, and their editor Dawn McCarra Bass – and to celebrate WITS student Selome Daniel Girma. Thank you for your amazing support!

Words Matter is SAL’s most important fundraising event of the year, raising nearly $300,000 to inspire people of all generations and backgrounds in our community with the change-making power of words.The evening includes:

*an elegant multi-course dinner with wine

*silent and live auctions featuring unexpected literary treasures and adventures

*a joyful celebration of the annual Prowda Literary Award winners

…all set against the spectacular backdrop of the glittering Seattle waterfront.

Funds raised at Words Matter will support SAL’s Writers in the School Program and help bring the best writers and thinkers of our time to Seattle while offering free and highly subsidized tickets to students and other community members who otherwise could not afford to participate.

Tickets are $225 each/$2,250 for a table of 10.

Cocktail attire; sparkles encouraged.

Host a Table: Want to celebrate the evening with your favorite reading-and-writing enthusiasts? Join us as Words Matter Table Host and fill a table for 10 with friends and colleagues!

Be a Words Matter sponsor: As a Words Matter sponsor, your company will enjoy visibility with our more than 300 event attendees as well as SAL’s more than 24,000 patrons—a unique opportunity to show your support for the literary arts and youth literacy in one of the top literary and most well-read cities in the country, according to multiple national rankings.

For more info about hosting a table or sponsorships, contact
Development Director Leanne Skooglund at lskooglund@lectures.org or 206-621-2230 x 17.

Click here to see SAL’s 2018 Words Matter Sponsor Benefits.

Event Details

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

99 Union St
Seattle, WA 98101

View directions.

Transportation & Parking

Valet parking will be available at the Four Seasons at a special discounted rate of $32 for the evening. Alternately, parking is available for $10 after 5 p.m. at the Russell Investment Center Garage across the street on Union Street between First and Second Avenues adjacent to the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) building.


All of our venues have accessible seating and listening devices available. Please contact us at sal@lectures.org or 206.621.2230 x10 for more details and to let us know you’re coming so we can better accommodate your needs.