51st Annual BIG Event

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Seattle, Washington

Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction: 5:00 pm

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

Event Co-Chairs:

Ian and Gwen Flatt

Ray and Michelle Szylko

See Our Live Auction Items


Check out our featured Silent Items in our Almost Live Section

Get Involved

Donate an Item

If you are interested in donating an item to our live or silent auction, please either contact Mike Ritter 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 Mike Ritter.


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


Click to view last year’s auction catalog!


The 50th BIG Event

For 51 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 2016 BIG Event

You can help provide a mentor to a child facing adversity by attending the 2016 BIG Event Gala and Auction.  

The annual BIG Event has supported the life changing work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound for 51 years, bringing together 350 of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ biggest supporters to provide mentoring in our community.

Event Features

  • Silent auction offerings typically valued at $100 to $2,500.
  • Live auction featuring a variety of exquisite goods and priceless experiences. -See this year's lineup here.
  • Black-tie gala complete with a cocktail reception, fine dining and after dinner dancing.
  • The opportunity to inspire a child to dream big by supporting youth through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound.


51st Annual Big Event Logistics

 Saturday, October 8th, 2016
5:00PM - Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction
7:00PM - Dinner & Live Auction
Fairmont Olympic Hotel; 411 University St.; Seattle, WA 98101

Click here to Register Today.

Thank You to Our 2016 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor



Auction Sponsors

Tim and Andrea Barber


Gold Level Sponsors

  Wizards of the Coast 

Charter Construction

Kris Beason


Silver Level Sponsors


Matchmaker Sponsors

The Goodman Foundation





 In Memory of Lyle Rader

Ray and Michelle Szylko



Table Sponsors

Avara Construction  Alexander Barnett Brian & Michelle Hayden
Brett & Rhonda Hartzell Chesley Owen & Rob Harris Curtis Kopf & Abbe Jacobson
Dan Rosales Dorsey and Whitney LLP
Greg & Alison Richards Ian & Gwen Flatt Julie & Tom Newell
Ryan & Dior Biancofiori 
Terry & Stephanie Cook