The SAL Gala: Words Bloom

The SAL Gala: Words Bloom

Past Event: Friday, March 22, 2024

At Seattle Convention Center – Summit

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In Person

Thank you to everyone who celebrated an evening of revelry and literary flourishing at Seattle Arts & Lectures’ annual fundraiser, The SAL Gala: Words Bloom! Together, we raised over $542,000 to continue cultivating transformative experiences through story and language with readers and writers of all generations!

Funds raised from The SAL Gala support SAL’s Youth Programs (Writers in the Schools, the Youth Poetry Fellowship, and Spotlight Author Visits), help bring the most dynamic and inspiring writers of our time to local and virtual stages, and ensure accessible programming for all.

If you have a question about your gifts to the 2024 SAL Gala, contact Haines Whitacre at [email protected]

The SAL Gala featured a lively reception and delicious multi-course dinner, an engaging program, and live and online silent auctions of irresistibly unique literary experiences and treasures.

Cocktail attire. Forest glam encouraged!

5:30 | Reception & check-in
7:00 | Dinner & program



Registration is now closed.

View entrée choices here.

This year, we are offering tickets on a tiered level. We ask that you purchase a ticket at the level in alignment with your financial capacity. The fair market value of the goods and services provided at each ticket level is $100 per ticket, which covers venue and meal costs. All additional costs are a charitable contribution to help support more accessible events and are tax deductible by law. As we work to make our organization and fundraising practices more equitable, we are experimenting with new ways to reach our community and gather support for the programs you know and love. Thank you for your support!



Our 2024 SAL Gala Silent Auction will take place online during the week of the gala. You’ll be able to bid on irresistible literary delights, whether you’re attending the gala in-person or supporting SAL from wherever you are. Check back soon for more details!



As a SAL Gala sponsor, your company will enjoy visibility with SAL’s 45,000 patrons—including 400+ business and philanthropic leaders at our fundraiser. Sponsorships provide the unique opportunity to connect with SAL’s community, in one of the top literary cities in the world, and to show your support of the literary arts and youth writing.

For more information about sponsorships, visit this link or contact Events & Annual Giving Manager Woogee Bae at [email protected].



Our 2024 SAL Gala Committee

Debra D. Dahlen, Chair

Stesha Brandon | Graham Graham | Sunny Hong
Susan Long-Walsh | Chris Nishiwaki | Eric Gerard Parsons
Naria Santa Lucia | Nicole Walters | Jennifer Wong


Our SAL Board of Directors

Lauri Conner, President
Kiran Griffith, Vice President
Carolyn Ainslie, Treasurer
Leigh Toner, Secretary

Karen Maeda Allman | Allison Augustyn | Stesha Brandon
Debra D. Dahlen | Jim Duncan | Sunny Hong
Susan Long-Walsh | Kelli Martin | Jamie Miller
Eric Gerard Parsons | Ben Rankin | Naria Santa Lucia
Chuck Stempler | Sheehan Sullivan | Nicole Walters
Jennifer Wong

Event Details

Seattle Convention Center – Summit

900 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101

View directions.

Transportation & Parking

This event will be held at the Seattle Convention Center’s Summit Building.

The Summit building is at 900 Pine Street, just over a block away from Arch. The main pedestrian entrance is on the corner of 9th Avenue and Pine Street, and the drop-off location is on 9th Avenue between Pine Street and Olive Way.

By Car

Click here for directions.

By Public Transit

Summit is about three blocks from the Westlake Light Rail Station. Take exit A1 and walk northeast up Pine Street, until you reach 9th Ave.


The Summit Garage is located at 1009 Olive Way and there is a flat $9 parking rate after 5:00 PM. The Arch Garage at 1400 8th Avenue is an alternative parking choice and a short walk from Summit.