Una Bella Sera a Napoli!
The Northwest Language Academy and Cultural Center held it’s first-ever gala fundraiser last Saturday, October 13th, at Freeland Hall. The event was sold out—and then some. After the cocktail hour, guests enjoyed a lavish Italian repast prepared by Chef Jacob Wiener of Seattle’s Blackboard Bistro and sampled various types of Italian wine.
Singers Gino Lucchetti, Regina Thomas, and Victoria Chaussee of the Puget Sound Concert Opera gave a rousing performance—their voices, unamplified, filled the hall easily—and NWLA director Josette Hendrix showed a documentary about the organization’s past and future goals, to a standing ovation from the crowd. There were both live and silent auctions held with auctioneer Craig Weiner presiding, in which guests bid on local art, vacations, and other items that had been generously donated by the community, and raised a significant sum for NWLA’s scholarship fund, every penny of which will go toward allowing low-income children to attend summer camp.
Toward the end of the night, the drawing was held for NWLA’s Fiat 500 Raffle, which had been ongoing since July 4th. The prize went to Flay Wahl, a long-time Langley resident and now the proud owner of a spiffy new Italian car, which Islanders will no doubt soon recognize on the streets. While there were no doubt some broken hearts in the crowd, everyone was happy for Flay–who’d bought just a single lucky ticket–and celebrated that a local lady’d “done good.” Flay claimed her prize as Lucchetti serenaded her to the tune of Puccini’s aria “Nessun dorma” (“None Shall Sleep”), which seemed the perfect choice, as no one was eager to leave the event for bed, and the revelry continued late into the night.
NWLA is exceedingly grateful for and humbled by the generosity and support of its community, and gives special thanks to the staff, volunteers, and friends who gave their time to help the event run smoothly. We look forward to making this an annual tradition!
More photos of the event can be found on our Facebook page.