Fine wine, a delicious multi-course meal and sweeping views of Lake Washington were just a few things that made our first annual Swirl event special. Guests from Seattle and beyond came together on Aug. 23, 2019, to enjoy a unique new event and show their support for Bailey-Boushay House (BBH.)
“Our first fundraising dinner for Bailey was in 1991 — it hosted just a few dozen people at Dahlia Lounge,” says Virginia Mason Foundation President Jeanne Jachim. “Now, over two decades later, we hosted hundreds of people in a grand ballroom. It's incredible to see how much our community has grown and how many people are excited about supporting Bailey-Boushay House.”
Guests enjoyed live and silent auctions, where they bid on items like dinner with the Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. That coveted experience went for $7,000 — contributing to an overall fundraising total of $587,000.
Much of this year’s proceeds will support BBH’s efforts to combat homelessness. BBH created an emergency shelter in 2018, providing a place for 50 homeless clients to sleep every night. The organization’s help for the homeless extends to offering everything from mental health services to meals to job counseling. BBH’s team also helps these clients land permanent housing — and has already helped over 40 people move into housing of their own.
“Homelessness is a huge issue in Seattle, and this event showed lots of people how Bailey-Boushay is fighting it by providing shelter and giving clients the resources they need to succeed,” says Steve Delmore, BBH Chairman of the Board. “Many people have heard of Bailey, but they don't know exactly what we do or the scope of our work. Events like this help people learn first-hand how we serve our community.”