Celebrate the Love of Community

Join us on Thursday, February 24, 2022!

Our annual Celebrate! the Love of Community event is an opportunity to do just that – celebrate the people and organizations that make our community vibrant, nurturing, and welcoming. It’s also a chance for the Foundation to highlight our collective work, showcasing leaders and our non-profit partners who are responding to our region’s most pressing problems.

We will once again be virtual, but that won’t stop you from being able to interact at a table. Thanks to our creative platform, you will be able to talk with your friends and hop from table to table to visit with others.

Our evening will include:
5:30 pm – Virtual networking and an opportunity to visit tables featuring local non-profits
6 pm – The program begins
We will conclude by 7 pm

The program will include hearing voices from many different people about what they love about the community, sharing with each other the power of place, learning about a powerful collaboration, enjoying music from local student musicians, and hearing about the impact of RRCF’s work with its funding and non-profit partners.

We are thrilled that Washington’s Poet Laureate, Rena Priest, will be joining us to share one of her poems. Ms. Priest is Washington’s sixth Poet Laureate and the first Indigenous person to hold this honor.

While there is no charge, you must register for the event (you can do so here), and we encourage pre-event donations that will support our CARE Together Fund and general programs and services. Pre-event donations of $250 or more will receive a bottle of wine from Full Pull Wines while supplies last (if you are in the region and we can deliver to you).

Get your tickets today!

And if you can’t make it for some reason, you can still make a contribution. This year has shown us that RRCF is a valuable resource in our region, and as the effects of the pandemic continue, we need them to continue to respond to ease the strain. Here is the place to give today.

Interested in being a sponsor or Table Ambassador? Here is more information.

Sponsors

Many thanks to our Community Sponsors:

And many thanks to our Supportive Sponsors:

Baylis Architects (via Rich Wagner)
Marlene and Roger Winter Fund
We appreciate these groups for their help in engaging Washington’s Poet Laureate for this event:

The 2021 Event

Obviously our 2021 event was different. However, even in a virtual space, we were able to create a sense of community and connection and celebrate the good work in our area. You can go here to view our whole program, or click on the programmatic links below:

Intergenerational Conversation  

Listen to this connecting conversation between RRCF Founder and community leader, Char Baker, and Ryan Quigtar, executive director of Renton Innovation Zone Partnership. They have differences in age and life experiences, but they share common values around community and connection.

Inspiring Non-profits

These three organizations received funding from RRCF either through our CARE Together Fund or through our fund advisors (or both!).

Centro Rendu

Babies of Homelessness

UTOPIA of WA

The 2020 Event

In 2020 we were so fortunate that we had our Celebrate event the week before COVID-19 hit – on Thursday, February 27th. Little did we know what was about to happen and this would be the last time we could gather as a large community for months. It was a wonderful evening, as you will see from the photos.

We honored the following community members as League of Extraordinary Givers:

Public Spirit Award: Robin Abel

Patrons of the Year Award: Tom and Karen Easton

Lifetime of Giving Award: Lani Cavit, Ted Rodriguez, and Judi Schafer

Rising Star Award: Winter Cashman-Crane

We also were blessed by dancing from the Ubumwe Rwandese Women Dance group and music from Analisa Ruiz, a student with Key to Change. Several of our grantee partners also had tables during the reception where they connected with guests.

The 2019 Event

We had a great night on February 6th as we celebrated our 20th anniversary and inducted new community members into the League of Extraordinary Givers. Here are some photos from the celebration. Thanks to all who came out in the cold and joined us!