Words Matter 2020 Benefit Gala & Literary Auction

Words Matter 2020 Benefit Gala & Literary Auction

Friday, April 3, 2020 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

04/03/2020 6:00 pm 04/03/2020 9:30 pm America/Los_Angeles Words Matter 2020 Benefit Gala & Literary Auction https://lectures.org/event/wordsmatter/ Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

At Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

Join us for a night of joyful celebration! As SAL’s most important fundraising event of the year, Words Matter raises more than $350,000 to inspire readers and writers of all generations and backgrounds.

On this spectacular night, you’ll enjoy a view of the glittering Seattle waterfront, along with:

  • a lively reception with complimentary wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres
  • silent and live auctions featuring extraordinary literary experiences and treasures;
  • an inspiring program, including a celebration of the 2020 Prowda Literary Award winner(s)



Patron Tickets ($225 each / $2,250 for a table of 10)

  • Admission to the gala
  • An elegant multi-course dinner
  • Complimentary wine and beer

Benefactor Tickets ($375 each / $3,750 for a table of 10)

  • Admission to the gala
  • An elegant multi-course dinner
  • Complimentary wine and beer
  • Celebratory glass of champagne
  • Valet parking on the night of the gala
  • A limited edition WITS letterpress broadside
  • Recognition in the event program

Cocktail attire, sparkles encouraged



6:00 PM | Registration, reception, and silent auction

7:00 PM | Dinner, Prowda Awards, and live auction

9:30 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 nationally acclaimed, thought-provoking writers and thinkers to Seattle stages, while offering free or reduced-price tickets to students and community members who otherwise could not afford to attend our events.

Can’t attend Words Matter but still want to support SAL? Make a gift in lieu to Words Matter 2020.


Be a Words Matter Sponsor: As a Words Matter sponsor, your company will enjoy visibility with over 300 event attendees and with SAL’s more than 33,000 patrons. 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 Event & Corporate Giving Manager Sarah Burns at sburns@lectures.org or (206) 621-2230 x25.

Click here to see SAL’s 2020 Words Matter Sponsor Benefits.

Event Details

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

99 Union St
Seattle, WA 98101

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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.


Sonnet Sponsors
Haiku Sponsors