Words Matter 2019 Benefit Gala & Literary Auction

Words Matter 2019 Benefit Gala & Literary Auction

Past Event: Thursday, April 4, 2019

At Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

Thank you to everyone that attended Words Matter 2019! Together we celebrated our shared hunger for community and story and sense making. We affirmed that words and stories matter. And together, we raised more than $380,000 to inspire and engage readers and writers in the year to come.

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


This fun-filled evening includes:

  • an elegant multi-course dinner with wine
  • silent and live auctions featuring unexpected literary treasures and adventures
  • a joyful celebration of the 2019 Prowda Literary Award winners: Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Caustro Luna and literary arts organization Hugo House

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

Funds raised at Words Matter will support SAL’s Writers in the Schools and Youth Poet Laureate programs 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 attend our events.

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

Cocktail attire; sparkles encouraged.

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 29,000 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 sponsorships, contact Development Director Leanne Skooglund at lskooglund@lectures.org or 206-621-2230 x 17.

Click here to see SAL’s 2019 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 $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.