Gala Raises Over $70,000!
THS ANNIVERSARY GALA: A Celebration 40 Years in the Making
A festive evening unfolded on Saturday, October 6 as many supporters gathered at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle to celebrate THS and the positive impact it has had on individuals, families and the broader community.
Guests were greeted by a quintet of players from the Garfield Jazz Ensemble while waiting for the doors of the Grand Ballroom to open.
Tracy Taylor, from KING 5 television and the emcee for the evening, welcomed everyone. Norman Johnson, Executive Director of THS for 38 of the last 40 years reflected on how fast the time has gone by. He reflected on the growth of the agency – not just in terms of number of locations, but more importantly the numbers of people THS is able to help with an increasingly diverse range of services. Norman shared with an astonished audience that THS has worked with over 150,000 men, women and youth over the past 40 years.
Harold Booker, who in addition to being Board President is also the son of the late Alvirita Little, presented Dr. Carol Simmons with the award named after his mother. Dr. Simmons was chosen as the 2012 Alvirita Little Award recipient for her work in youth education and her tireless efforts advocating quality education for all children.
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of a video documenting the success of several of our young clients. Their individual journeys from addition to recovery to hopeful futures were an inspiration to everyone and earned a well deserved standing ovation. Click here to watch their stories.
In addition to celebrating the 40 year history of THS, another purpose of the evening was to raise money. Over $70,000 in donations was received allowing THS to continue delivering quality programs and services to at-risk youth, adults and families who would otherwise be unable to get the help that they need.