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

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.

Thank You to Our 2015 Event Sponsors


Savers/Value Village—Presenting Sponsor of the 50th Annual BIG Event.

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Air—Official Airline Partner of the 50th Annual BIG Event.

Auction Sponsors


  Tim and Andrea Barber

Gold Level Sponsors

Wizards of the Coast

Charter Construction

Silver Level Sponsors

Stoel Rives LLP Attorneys at Law


Bronze Level Sponsors

Berntson & Porter & Company PLLC

Dorsey and Whitney LLP

Thank You to Our 2015 Matchmakers

Starbucks Coffee Company Expeditors

The Goodman Foundation

Ashwin Pathare

The Benayroa Company

David and Cameron Givens

Julie Burnett

Chelsey Owen & Rob Harris

Sanya Lawless

Julie and Tom Newell

Martin Selig


Beth Montag-Schmaltz
& Chris Schamltz


Thank You to Our 2015 Table Sponsors and Hosts

Ken Alterman Tim and Andrea Barber Kris Beason
Gayle Bock Terry and Stephanie Cook Liz Deckman
Nicole and Tim Engle Alan Fisco Ian and Gwen Flatt
Beth Ginsberg David and Prexa Graves Brett and Rhonda Hartzell
Brian and Michelle Hayden Kirk Johnson Curtis Kopf
Amy Mack John Meisenbach Jason Mesnick
Nordstrom/James Thomas Eric Olson and Larry T. Yok Greg and Alison Richards
Dan Rosales Peter Saladino Ray and Michelle Szylko  
Seattle Seahawks/ Peter Fonfara  Gina Williams