Words Matter 2020 Benefit Gala & Literary Auction

Words Matter 2020 Benefit Gala & Literary Auction

Saturday, June 6, 2020 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

06/06/2020 6:00 pm 06/06/2020 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)

Cocktail attire, sparkles encouraged



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



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

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

9:30 pm | Event concludes





Burrata Salad | Mixed greens, poached beets, herb crumble, olive oil, balsamic


Filet | Celeriac purée, braised chard & stems, parsnip, Thumbelina carrots, parsnip chips (GF, NF)

Steelhead | Jerusalem artichoke vellutatta, roasted heirloom cauliflower, haricot verts, sunchoke chips, lemon butter (GF, NF)

Cauliflower Risotto | Grilled artichoke hearts, seasonal mushroom, peas, tomatoes, parmesan (GF, NF, V)




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.