79th Anniversary Gala

On November 8, 2014, Filipino Community of Seattle (FCS) is holding its annual gala to celebrate its 79th year of community service.

Approximately 400 guests are expected-from elected officials, community leaders and nonprofit organizations; to partners and loyal supporters. This annual gala has become a highly-anticipated tradition, full of excitement and gaiety.

To accommodate its ever-growing guest list, the event will be held at the Renton Pavilion at 233 Burnett Ave South, Renton, WA 98057. This proud, hard-working organization was founded in 1935 to serve the needs of its community Strong and willful leaders responded to those needs, and FCS was born.

As the years, and then the decades went by, the youth got older and had their own children, the elders passed on. The world itself was changing at an increasing pace, in every aspect of life. In the last six years, the Filipino Community of Seattle has undergone significant transformation. The complexities of day-to-day operations, financial oversight and maintaining strong and active participation in the mainstream require a qualified and focused staff, officers, and board of directors; all working for one goal-service.

“The legacy of service set in motion by our founding leaders must be honored and continued, said Alma Kern, FCS President. ”We must ensure that service is the focus of FCS, and not politics. Our dedicated and hardworking board worked very hard to make sure new programs and structure of FCS is supported by it’s amended by laws and policies without losing its essence. It’s really all about service,” she further emphasized.

The next big challenge for FCS is affordable housing for its aging community and a state-of-the-art technology learning center for its youth. In response to those anticipated needs, the FCS Village Project has been set in motion and will be completed in approximately two years. This in-credible achievement is still unreal to some. But when ground is broken in 2016, there will be no doubt. The Filipino community, as do other Asian communities, will have its own digital learning monument. This year, FCS is honoring the Alaskeros who contributed greatly to the existence of the Filipino community center.

FCS Bayanihan Awards will be given as well for community leadership, volunteerism and pro-motion of culture and heritage. FCS programs sustainability is only possible with financial contributions from its community and supporters. Raising funds is a big part of the gala. There will be a live and silent auction that includes vacation condos, cruises and much more. Donations are partially tax-deductible. To express our gratitude to all, we’ve prepared an evening of friendship with an uplifting program, live music, delicious food and dancing.

The celebration begins at 4:30 PM for appetizers, networking, and silent auction. Dinner is served at 6 PM with program at 7 PM. The attire is formal and an admission charge to create even more vital social services is humbly positioned at $100. All proceeds will support FCS programs.

For more information, call Executive Director, Sheila Burrus, at (206) 722-9372. Reserve seats now by sending checks to 5740 MLK Jr Way South, Seattle, 98118 or go to www.filipinocommunityofseattle.org or stop by and visit us in person at the Filipino Community Center!

79th Gala Invitation

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