• Words Matter 2022 Benefit Gala & Literary Auction

Words Matter 2022 Benefit Gala & Literary Auction

Past Event: Friday, April 22, 2022

At Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

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In Person

Thank you for helping us raise $435,649 at Words Matter 2022!

Your generous support helps us continue to cultivate transformative experiences through story and language with readers and writers of all generations. Thank you for believing in SAL and the magical power of words.

Make an in lieu gift:

We are processing gift payments over the next few weeks. Keep an eye out for a letter acknowledging your gifts in late May / early June.

If you are the lucky winner of a live or silent auction item, we’ll be in touch next week to confirm details and logistics. Congratulations!

Event Details

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

99 Union St
Seattle, WA 98101

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Know Before You Go


Seattle Arts & Lectures will require attendees to provide proof of vaccination and/or negative COVID test at Words Matter 2022. Masks will be required for all attendees, except when eating or drinking. See our FAQ for details. Likewise, our staff and volunteers will be vaccinated and masked.

Transportation & Parking

Valet parking will be available at the Four Seasons at a special discounted rate of $35 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.