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History Makers Gala

Help make history and support Puget Sound’s communities.

Each fall, the History Makers Gala celebrates MOHAI’s accomplishments of that year and toasts the Educator of the Year, while raising support for upcoming education and programming activities. The proceeds from this special event directly support MOHAI’s vision to be a vibrant resource where history inspires everyone to be their best.

2018 History Makers Gala

November 2, 2018

The generosity of supporters enables MOHAI to empower young people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with both the past and the future of their community. These resources are then made available students each year through K-12 programs, as well as providing young people with an opportunity to build 21st century skills and experience the museum.

For more information please call 206 324 1126 Ext. 124.

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2017 History Makers Gala Highlights

Making History in 2017

Many thanks to our partners at 6162 Productions for their support in telling our story.

Gala Co-Chairs Kathy & Mike Stanley

Gala Co-Chairs Kathy and Mike Stanley welcomed over 300 MOHAI supporters to raise vital funds for MOHAI’s exhibits and programs. 

Raise the Paddle

Board President Chuck Nordhoff (middle) joins the emcees on stage to announce a surprise Raise the Paddle match.

Live Auction

Guests took part in a spirited Live Auction, including Linda Johnson, former MOHAI Board President.

Thank you!

Many thanks to those who joined us at the 2017 History Makers Gala and generously supported MOHAI’s mission.

2017 History Makers Gala

With more than 300 guests, the 32nd Annual History Makers Gala on November 3 was a huge success! Set against the stunning backdrop of MOHAI’s home in Lake Union Park, guests were inspired by the museum’s rich and iconic collection of Seattle’s heritage. The evening included silent and live auctions, a formal dinner, photo booth, and more. Chaired by Mike and Kathy Stanley, this year’s event raised $459,000 to benefit MOHAI’s engaging and innovative educational programming. Clarence Acox, Director of the Garfield High School Jazz program was recognized as MOHAI’s Educator of the Year.

Thanks to the 2017 History Makers sponsors:

  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Alaska Airlines
  • B2Launch
  • The Boeing Company
  • Brighton Jones
  • Evia
  • GM Nameplate
  • Hotel Theodore
  • McKinstry
  • Olson Kundig
  • Pacific Studio
  • Seneca Group
  • Vulcan Inc.
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • 6162 Productions

Generous in-kind support from Chateau Ste. Michelle, Kaspars Catering & Events, and CORT.

2016 History Makers Gala

Supporters’ generosity at the 2016 History Makers raised $416,000 to bring MOHAI’s mission to life!

Honorary Co-Chairs and MOHAI Board of Trustees Maria Denny and Ben Straley

By supporting award-winning exhibits, education and public programs, and robust scholarship opportunities, 2016 History Makers supporters have empowered youth to explore the past and think boldly about the future of their community.

Erin Chen was honored as the 2016 Educator of the Year. Erin is a Washington State history teacher at the Seattle World School, which serves close to 300 students and has a newcomer program for students who have recently moved to the country—Erin’s students alone speak almost 40 different languages. She exemplifies MOHAI’s mission to help make personal connections between students and history. Erin elaborated at the Gala, “The young people I teach are delighted by this museum. How amazing to land here and receive a clear invitation to be part of the story, to be presented with such a rich, multi-layered portrait of history and then be encouraged to make personal connections! In the galleries, I see them connecting the dots between past and present. They gain confidence in their abilities as emergent historians.”

Thanks to the 2016 History Makers sponsors:

  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • The Boeing Company
  • Vulcan Inc.
  • Verizon
  • B2Launch
  • Bessemer Trust
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.
  • Seneca Group
  • GM Nameplate
  • Nossaman
  • Pacific Studio

Generous inkind support from Chateau Ste. Michelle, Kaspar’s Special Events and Catering, Cort, and Starbucks

2015 History Makers Gala

MOHAI’s 30th Annual History Makers Gala was a night to remember! With the generosity from tremendous supporters, a new record was set raising more than $470,000!

The proceeds from this special event supported MOHAI’s educational programming and scholarships, which empower young people of all ages and backgrounds to explore the past and connect with the future of our community. Mike Oliveira from Interlake High School, the 2015 Educator of the Year, stated at the Gala, “MOHAI is the catalyst for students to connect in an authentic way to experience the past.”

Thanks to the 2015 History Makers sponsors:

  • JPMorgan Chase & Co
  • Snoqualmie Indian Tribe
  • BECU
  • Boeing
  • B2 Launch
  • GM Nameplate
  • HomeStreet Bank
  • Medamonitor
  • Pacific Studio
  • Physio Control
  • Seneca Real Estate Group, Inc.

2014 History Makers Gala

The 29th Annual History Makers Gala was a memorable and historic evening. Thanks to those who celebrated and supported MOHAI’s innovative education programs and generosly raised $359,000.

In 2014, Jamie Ewing of the Mount View Elementary School was honored as MOHAI’s Teacher of the Year

MOHAI’s education programs reached over 37,000 students and teachers and provided scholarships and free transportation to over 6,500 students in 2014! Additionally, MOHAI’s Portable Museum program reached over 8,500 students in their classrooms.

Thanks to the 2014 History Makers sponsors:

  • Alaska Airlines
  • Boeing
  • Homestreet Bank
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co

2013 History Makers Gala

The 28th Annual History Makers Gala was filled with incredible stories from Seattle’s past, present, and inspirations for the future. The generosity of attendees raised more than $215,000.

Laura Blackburn from Cleveland High School was honored as the 2013 Educator of the Year.

In 2013, over 10,000 students visited MOHAI for on-site programs, and an additional 9,000 students were reached outside museum walls through the Teacher and Trunk, and other rental programs. Crucially, 6,500 of these students would not otherwise have access to the museum, but were able to participate because of MOHAI scholarships, which receive funding through the generous donations received at History Makers.

Thanks to the 2013 History Makers sponsors:

  • Bank of America
  • Boeing
  • Coughlin Porter Lundeen
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co
  • LMN Architects
  • Olson Kundig Architects
  • Pacific Studios
  • Sellen Construction
  • Seneca Real Estate Group, Inc.
  • Stratos Product Development
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