Words Matter 2021 Virtual Benefit Gala & Literary Auction

Words Matter 2021 Virtual Benefit Gala & Literary Auction

Past Event: Friday, April 23, 2021

At lectures.org

Thank you for helping to raise
$339,950 of our $300,000 goal!

Every dollar up to $100,000 was matched by our Words Matter 2021 Challenge Fund.

Stream Event Here

Donate             Bid

Please join us for an online evening of delights and inspiration at Words Matter 2021 to ensure that Seattle Arts & Lectures can continue to cultivate transformative experiences through story and language with readers and writers of all generations.



An inspiring virtual program & opportunity to gather
safely from our homes

A virtual auction of extraordinary literary experiences & treasures
Wednesday, April 21 to Friday, April 23

Cocktail attire & sparkles encouraged
(because we all need a reason to dress up!)



Tickets are free

Dinner menus with instructions on how to order
are now available from four of SAL’s restaurant partners:
Marjorie, The Whale Wins, Wild Ginger Bellevue, & Archipelago.
Browse menus here!


(No longer available)

A bottle of “The Informant” from Guardian Cellars
Fran’s Gray Salt Caramels in Dark Chocolate
Aesop skincare
Ex Gratia notecard
Blackwing pencil
A writing prompt from a WITS writer
A poem from a WITS student
A love note from Ruth


Not able to join us on April 23? Please donate now to support SAL!



Our 2021 Words Matter Committee
Nancy Tollefson (Chair) | Candace Barron | Kelly Cheeseman
Debra Dahlen | Wood Graham | Chris Nishiwaki
Jenn St. Claire | Shelly Shay | Jennifer Leatherman Wong

Our 2021 Words Matter Virtual Table Captains
Carolyn Ainslie | Candace Barron | Dana Bettinger
Stesha Brandon | Kelly Cheeseman | Melanie Curtice
Debra Dahlen | Jim Duncan | Wood Graham | Kiran Griffith
Tim Griffith | Heather Kelley | Susan Long-Walsh | Mark Madsen
Chris Nishiwaki | Shelly Shay | Tama Smith | Nancy Tollefson
Leigh Toner | Jennifer Leatherman Wong

Our Words Matter 2021 Challenge Fund Donors
Nancy & Craig Abramson | Carolyn Ainslie
Mike & Sumi Almquist | Sarah & Scott Armstrong
Donna & Matt Bellew | Peter Byers & Virginia Sybert
Joan Christoffersen | Melanie Curtice
Kip Robinson Greenthal & Stanley Greenthal
Tim Griffith & Kirsten Murray | Don Guthrie & Candace Tkachuck
Nancy Iannucci & Harvey Jones | Jack & Pam Jolley
Beth McCaw | Lindsay McComb & Chad Coker | Grace Nordhoff
Petunia Charitable Fund | Sherry Prowda | Becca Robinson

Our Emcee
Amanda Westbrooke

Event Details



Closed Captioning is an option for people who have hearing loss, where captioning displays the words that are spoken or sung at the bottom of the video. Captioning is available for all online events; click the “CC” button to view captions during the event.

Sign Language Interpretation is available upon request for Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing individuals at online events. To make a request for ASL interpretation, please contact us at [email protected] or 206.621.2230×10, or select Sign Language Interpretation from the Accessibility section during your ticket checkout process, and we will reach out to you to confirm details. Please note: we appreciate a two-week advance notice to allow us time to secure interpretation.

We are pleased to offer these accessibility services for online events, and they are provided at no additional cost to ticket holders. Please contact us with any questions and feedback about how we can be more accessible and inclusive. Our Patron Services Manager is available at [email protected], or Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 206.621.2230×10. For more accessibility information, please head to lectures.org/accessibility.