The Power of Community shines thru during the Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s 2017 Champagne Gala Brunch. community members came together to raise more than $82,000 at Salty’s on Alki on November 4th.
SWSHS Executive Director, Jeff McCord served as Mast of Ceremonies; Ron Hippe was the auctioneer, and special guest Connie Thompson interviews local icon, Jack Miller. Dave Montoure won the Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me contest.
It was another successful fundraising event for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s 32nd anniversary Champagne Gala Brunch. Local ‘stars’ were out at Salty’s on Alki to help raise money for some of our favorite local West Seattle Landmarks like the Admiral Theater and Alki Homestead. Their latest campaign – “We Love The Junction” – is designed to landmark the Campbell Building (home of Cupcake Royale) built in 1911/1920 and the 1926 Hamm Building, home of Easy Street Records.
Members of the community were able to take home a slice of log from the historic 1904 Alki Homestead at this year’s auction benefit for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. This year’s presentation was “Coming Home to the Homestead, Alki Homestead” held at Salty’s on Alki. Restoration has begun on the famous landmark that was destroyed by fire in 2009. Brother and sister, Catherine Gruye Alexamnder and Rob Gruye told stories of growing up in the Alki Homestead. We all look forward to the rebirth of this much loved Alki icon. To see photos of the event please click here.
After a long history of decline the once art deco inspired Kalakala ferry ended up beyond any restoration efforts. Sadly but heroically her bits and pieces were auctioned off to lovers of the world’s first streamlined vessel that was ‘more rounded.’
She created an international sensationand was featured in National Geographic Magazine in 1938. In 1963, the Kalakala was voted the second biggest attraction, after the Space Needle at the World’s Fair.
Members of the community gathered at Salty’s on Alki to support the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and raised over $37,000 to support and fund the projects of the Log House Museum. Guest speaker was Dave Beck, local broadcaster who moved to West Seattle in 1969 followed by the Hallberg family sisters who shared stories about mom and dad, Bob and Ada who met on Alki as kids, fell in love and lived their lives in ‘paradise’ – West Seattle. They told of their own worldwide journeys that led them each back home to West Seattle.
It looked like a trip through time as the Southwest Seattle Historical Society celebrated 160 years of history of the Duwamish Peninsula and Alki, the birthplace of Seattle during their annual fundraiser held at Salty’s on Alki.
Strolling through the festivities were a group from the sixties: Pete Covell, Carole & Andre Ferreer reflected on “Peace, man.”;
while 34th District Democrats Tamsen Spangler, Max Vekick and Marcee Stone reminded us of women’s suffrage.