SIFF 2014: Opening Night Gala (Thursday, May 15, McCaw Hall)

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Staff badge and unused drink tickets from the Opening Night Gala

Two announcements were made during Opening Night that are very exciting:

1. SIFF has purchased the Uptown Theater with a generous donation from David and Linda Cornfield (the “Angels of the Uptown”) and help from real estate development firm Point32.  Initially, SIFF only leased the building.

2. Remember my post on the demise of the Egyptian Theatre?  Well, SIFF signed a lease in May with Seattle Central Community College to keep the venue open.

From the official press release provided by SIFF:

But the work is just beginning. Improvements to the Egyptian and growth to the organization are now in order, and SIFF has launched a fundraising campaign to take the venue to the next level and ensure its long-term viability. One anonymous donor has already extended a $150,000 match offer. Along with donor outreach, the organization has also created a “Text To Give” campaign (“Text ‘SIFF’ to 501501 To Donate $10”). Starting on Opening Night of the 2014 Seattle International Festival, SIFF will be reaching out for support for this undertaking.

So, some exciting news, to say the least.  If you’re on Facebook, SIFF has another way to help here.

Now, as I already saw Jimi: All Is By My Side, I took the opportunity to take a nap.  A long nap.  Two hours later, I started getting ready for the Gala.

Below are the photos I took at one of the biggest parties in Seattle.  I was there from roughly 10:30 to midnight, but it started around 9:45.  I’m sorry I didn’t take more photos, but I was having too much fun dancing and running into people I know. 🙂

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And to appease those people who wanted more spectacular photos, this is what the Space Needle looked like after the party was over:

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Finally, here are official photos from Opening Night (you’ll need to have a Facebook account to view them).  Did I mention there were hula hoops at the Gala?

Until next time!

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