• Words Matter 2022 Benefit Gala & Literary Auction

Words Matter 2022 Benefit Gala & Literary Auction

Friday, April 22, 2022 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm PST

04/22/2022 6:00 pm 04/22/2022 9:30 pm America/Los_Angeles Words Matter 2022 Benefit Gala & Literary Auction https://lectures.org/event/words-matter-2022-benefit-gala-literary-auction/ Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

At Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

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In Person

Please join us for a magical celebration of stories and language! After nearly three years, SAL’s most important fundraising event, Words Matter, is returning in-person to raise over $350,000 to cultivate transformative experiences with readers and writers of all generations in our community.

This incandescent evening will include:


  • An exquisite multi-course meal, complete with libations
  • Silent and live auctions featuring marvelous literary experiences and treasures
  • A jubilant celebration of words, including a reading by WITS student Quynh Nguyen

…all set against the luminous backdrop of the dazzling Seattle waterfront.

Tickets are $225 per person; $2,250 per table of 10.

Cocktail attire, sparkles encouraged.





6 PM | Registration, reception, and silent auction

7 PM | Dinner, WITS student reading, and live auction

9 PM | Event concludes


Funds raised from Words Matter support SAL’s youth programs—Writers in the Schools and the Youth Poet Laureate program—and help bring inspiring, dynamic writers and thinkers to Seattle stages and screens, while making our programs accessible to all.

Can’t attend Words Matter but still want to support SAL? Make an in lieu donation to Words Matter 2022.



Sponsor Words Matter

As a Words Matter sponsor, your company will enjoy visibility with over 300 event attendees and with SAL’s nearly 30,000 patrons around the greater Seattle area and beyond. A sponsorship is 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 information about sponsorships, contact Events & Annual Giving Manager Woogee Bae at wbae@lectures.org or (206) 621-2230 x23.

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 $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.


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Haiku Sponsor