50th Annual BIG Event
presented by Savers

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Seattle, Washington

Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction: 5:00 pm

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

Event Chairs:

John and Ginny Meisenbach

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 Chantael Duke to learn more about volunteer opportunities.


Click to view last year’s auction catalog!

The 50th BIG Event
For 50 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.


Thank You to Our 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 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 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   


The 50th Annual BIG Event will feature a Live, a Silent, and an Almost Live Auction, including excluisve wine lots, trips, unique experiences, and more.

Please visit our Live Auction Item page to learn more about the items available in our Live Auction.

Contact Mike Ritter with any questions about our auctions.