31 May TeamChild’s Inaugural Benefit Luncheon a Success!
On May 7th TeamChild supporters gathered at Seattle’s Arctic Club Dome Room for our very first benefit luncheon: Centering Youth, Advancing Justice, where we raised more than $110,000 for TeamChild’s programs.
National best selling author and speaker Debrena Jackson Gandy was our MC for the day. Jakari Brown welcomed the crowd and offered an example of the energy and innovation young people can bring to Seattle’s tech-centered city. TeamChild JR Institutions and Reentry Attorney Damian Davis NoOneElse set the stage for centering youth by sharing some of his own experience as a young person trying to navigate systems that harm young people instead of help them. Dupree Pickett, a member of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Board highlighted the urgency in responding to young people in need of resources.
TeamChild Executive Director Anne Lee reflected on her more than 20 years of work with the organization and introduced former client Skyla Morris, who illustrated the benefits of working with an attorney to help elevate her own voice in a time of crisis. Seattle’s 2018/19 Youth Poet Laureate Azura Mizan Tyabji closed the event with a beautiful poem, tying together key moments from all the speakers.
Thanks to all of the amazing speakers, our sponsors and supporters. Thanks also to Lisa Bontje Photography for capturing the day