On the evening of October 6, 2023, under the theme "Adulting Ain't Easy," the South Seattle Jerry Brockey Center came alive with the spirit of celebration and community. The White Center Community Development Association (WCCDA) marked its 21st milestone, commemorating a journey of growth, resilience, and transformation. As doors opened at 5 pm and the evening unfolded, it was clear that this gala was not just a celebration; it was a testament to the enduring spirit of White Center and its vibrant community.
Highlighting the Stars of the Evening: The Fundraising Dinner, hosted by the charismatic Aleksa Manila, welcomed a lineup of remarkable individuals. Interim Executive Director Aaron Garcia set the stage with a warm welcome, and Patricia Allen, Board Vice President, enriched the night by sharing their Native Honoring. There were also special performances by UTOPIA and musical talents Christian Tautua and Jarron Jantoc. The true heart of the event was everyone's tribute to Sili Savusa as outgoing Executive Director and her decade of work in the community. Her closing words moved the audience, leaving not a dry eye at her table.
Diverse and Supportive Attendees: Our fundraiser was graced by the presence of White Center's business owners and partner organizations, including Dubsea Coffee, Sanar Massage, Huong Xua Deli, Evergreen Pool, Salvadorean Bakery and Restaurant, CCAW, DLS, and Feest, among others. Every table was filled with ardent supporters of WCCDA's invaluable work, solidifying the sense of community.
Fundraising Success and Scholarship Goals: The event gathered about $10,500. We want to thank our Sponsors for supporting us!
Unforgettable Activities: Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed engaging activities, including a wine toss, silent auctions, raffles, fundraising through "Raise the Paddle," and a series of special performances that added to the gala's charm.
Congrats to our Silent Auction Winners! (Thank you to our basket Donors!)
Photography Session - Marie Kurose
Swimming with the Best Gear - Phally Mom-Kelly
Seahawks and Sounders Pack - Tony To
Peace & Love Basket - Melinda Salettas
Kraken Mania - Sai Chaleunphonh (Marpac Construction)
Seattle Basket - Ivan Duran
YES! Foundation / mam's books - Gladys Ly-Au Young (SKL Architects)
SWYFS Basket - Rubith Vasquez-Bautista
Heartfelt Testimonials: The celebration was best summarized by Sili Savusa herself, who shared, "I'm so filled with love! I was moved and overwhelmed by the joy and love of all of you and staff. Just wanted to say thank you from me and my family." Her heartfelt words spoke volumes about the meaningful connections forged during the evening.
In the spirit of 21 years of tireless work and growth, this gala was not just a celebration of the past but a testament to the unwavering spirit of White Center and the promise of an even brighter future. It was a night to remember, full of love, community, and endless hope for what lies ahead.
Thank you to our media team for supporting us during this dinner.
Photo booth from Truong Nguyen Photography
General Fundraiser photos from Mel Ponder