Bedtime Stories Gala Raises More Than $130,000 for Humanities Washington

Funds raised at Seattle event will support statewide programs that spark conversation and critical thinking.

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The Bedtime Stories gala at The Fairmont Hotel Oct. 12 was a beautiful night of food, wine and words. Check out a photo slideshow of the event on our Facebook page. | Photos by Seattle Met

SEATTLE – A crowd of more than 275 people gathered in the Spanish Ballroom of The Fairmont Olympic Hotel Friday, Oct. 12, for Humanities Washington’s 14th annual Bedtime Stories event. The literary gala featured the debut of new work from critically acclaimed Northwest authors Kathleen Flenniken, Charles Johnson, Kevin O’Brien and Amy Wheeler; the evening’s emcee was Nancy Pearl.

Counting sponsorships, ticket sales and night-of donations, the event raised more than $130,000 to support Humanities Washington’s work sparking conversation and critical thinking in communities across our state using story as a catalyst. Thank you to our donors for your generosity!

Humanities Washington would like to express deep gratitude to the extremely talented group of authors who invested their time and talent to make this event so special. Many thanks, also, to honorary event chair Martha Kongsgaard.

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Emcee Nancy Pearl talks with guests at Bedtime Stories Seattle.


Thank you to our Literary Legend lead sponsor Amazon.com, along with Renowned Critic sponsors The Boeing Company, Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation, PEMCO Insurance and David and Catherine Skinner, for supporting this event, and to the Honorary Host Committee and many volunteers who contributed their time to make Bedtime Stories Seattle such a success.

If you haven’t already, please visit our online magazine, Spark, to read interviews with last night’s authors: Flenniken, Johnson, O’Brien, Amy Wheeler and emcee Pearl.

We hope to see you at our 15th annual Bedtime Stories fundraiser next year on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, in the Spanish Ballroom at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel!

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