Believe Gala

Every year, Seattle Central rallies our community of advocates and partners together to celebrate the power of education in our city. Thanks the generosity of our community, our 2019 gala raised more than $467,000 to support students and keep transformational education within reach for all who seek it.

The Believe Gala raises funds for the college’s Central Commitment program, which supports students with financial need from start to finish.

Please save the date for our 2020 Gala on April 23, 2020. For questions or ideas about our gala, please contact Emily Thurston at

Our 2019 gala was only possible thanks to the support of the following sponsors:

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Each year, community partners, local leaders, and education advocates gather to party...Seattle Central style. That means an inspiring night of dancing, cocktails, a showcase from our talented students, and the swankiest dessert dash in town.

Join us to rally for the power of education in our city, and show our support to all who seek it through Seattle Central College.

Thanks to our incredible community, Believe Gala tickets are officially SOLD OUT. Please contact, with any updates or questions.

Seattle Central College's Believe Gala
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Fremont Studios | 155 N. 35 St., Seattle
Complimentary valet provided

5:30 p.m. Silent Auction & Reception featuring oCnotes of KEXP
6:30 p.m. Dinner, Program & Live Auction

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Please reference our menu for information on meal selection.

Wine generously donated by:
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Questions about the event? Contact Emily Thurston at or 206.934.6925.

Thank you to our generous 2019 Believe Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

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Inspiration Sponsors

Homestreet Bank

Hunters Capital

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Symetra logo

Innovation Sponsor

Premera Blue Cross


Visionary Sponsors

Hanover Pacific
Kaiser Permanente
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SSW Architects
Pacific Medical Centers
Washington Trust Bank
Deloitte logo
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation logo

Hope Sponsors

Alaska Airlines
Butler Seattle
Capitol Hill Housing
Columbia Financial Planning
The Commerce Bank of Washington
Mortenson Construction
Pacifica Law Group
Port of Seattle
Pugh Capital Management
Sound Credit Union
Vulcan, Inc.
Washington State Opportunity Scholars

Community Sponsors

Seattle Goodwill
The Urban League of Seattle
Year Up Puget Sound

Supporting Sponsors

Foster Pepper, PLLC
PBS, Inc.
Sea Mar Community Health Centers
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Michael & Silvia Cheung