52nd Annual BIG Event

Saturday, October 7, 2017


Seattle, Washington

Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction: 5:30 p.m.

Dinner, Program, and Live Auction: 7:00 p.m.

Event Committee:


Julie Newell

Ray Szylko

Committee Members:

Gwen Nicholson

Jennifer Loy

Michelle Coe

Shelby McPherson


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Sponsor the Event or a Table

Event sponsors gain valuable exposure to 400 of the area’s top community and business leaders.


Table Sponsors receive 10 tickets to the BIG Event and the opportunity to bid on incredible live and silent items with the money going to change a child’s life for the better, forever.


Click here to download a sponsorship packet.

Donate an Item

If you are interested in donating an item to our live or silent auction, please click here to visit our item procurement page or contact Heather Jones. or fill out and send in our procurement form.

Become a Matchmaker

Matchmaker Investors help to motivate auction guests to give more by providing matching funds for the Paddle Raise section of the event. If you are interested in investing in our matching pool, click here to make an investment or contact Heather Jones.


Volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs the day and night of the BIG Event. Please contact Heather Jones to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Click to view this year’s auction catalog!



The 50th BIG Event

For 52 years, the BIG Event Gala and Auction has supported Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound’s mission to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.


Join Us for the 2017 BIG Event

You can help provide a mentor to a child facing adversity by supporting the 2017 BIG Event Gala and Auction. The annual BIG Event has supported the life-changing work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound for 52 years.

Last year the event raised over $750,000, and this year the goal is to raise over $1,000,000 to help provide more children facing adversity a Big Brother or Big Sister who can help them to Dream BIG.

How Big Brothers Big Sisters Makes an Impact.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound takes kids who are facing adversity—whether it be struggling in school, coming from a low-income or single-parent home, or who just need another adult in their life—and pairs them with caring adults who provide friendship and mentoring and exposes kids to new opportunities.

Former Little Brother TJ Jack shares the lifelong impact his Big Brother has had on him, onstage during the 2016 BIG Event.

In 2016, over 1,000 kids received one-to-one mentoring through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Your support of the BIG Event will help even more kids get a Big Brother or Sister that will change their lives for the better, forever.


About the BIG Event

 Saturday, October 7th, 2017

5:30PM - Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction

7:00PM - Dinner & Live Auction

  • Silent auction offerings valued at $100 to $2,500.

  • Live auction featuring exquisite goods and priceless experiences. 

  • Black-tie gala cocktail reception, fine dining, and top community philanthropists.

  • The opportunity to inspire a child to Dream BIG by supporting youth through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound. 


During the Silent Auction & Cocktail Hour, guests have the opportunity to win great items while supporting life-changing, one-to-one mentoring.

Get Involved with the BIG Event

Sponsor the Event, Host a Table, or Attend the Event

Sponsorships Range from $5,000 to $50,000, and a table of 10 costs $3,000.

Download our Sponsorship Packet Now or

Purchase Tickets Online Today.

Contact Heather Jones for any additional questions.

Donate an Item 

If you are interested in donating an item to our live or silent auction, please visit our procurement page or contact Heather Jones for any additional questions.



TJ is greeted by his Big Brother, Fil, who has been a constant presence in his life for over a decade. 

Thank You to Our 2017 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor




Auction Sponsors


Tim & Andrea Barber


Gold Level Sponsors



Silver Level Sponsors




Bronze Sponsors








Larry Benaroya Family Foundation 



Table Sponsors


Brett Hartzell Julie Newell Robyn Brown
Brian Hayden Ian Flatt Ryan Biancofiori
Chelsey Owen Kevin Young Seattle Times
Dan Rosales Louis Garcia Shelby McPherson
Dorsey & Whitney, LLP Mike Maroni Starbucks
Freestone Captial Nordstrom Stoel Rives, LLP
Jennifer Loy Ray Szylko Terry Cook