Real Change’s 19th Annual Breakfast is nearing
I wonder how many of you have had the chance to see the Real Change community come together in one room? Maybe, as the founding director, I am biased, but our Annual Breakfast always leaves me feeling like what we do is really very, very special. This year, I think, is going to be a little more so than usual.
There will be the typical highlights. For example, we’ll be honoring Real Change’s vendors of the year. These outstanding individuals are elected by their peers as embodying the best of what we’re about. These are people who have taken the adversity life has handed them and, through the alchemy of Real Change and their own hard work, have spun it into gold. Their lives are filled with meaning and rich with relationships. They inspire us.
There is this moment that I always look forward to, after a video about them has played and they’ve been handed their awards, where they illuminate the room with their presence and we all stand to give them their due. This is the moment, long after the tables are cleared and the thank-yous are mailed, that I carry with me day-to-day.
Our 2013 vendors of the year — Willie Jones and Tricia Sullivan — make us especially proud to be their friends. Willie, with his unfailingly positive attitude, prized sports jackets and determination to always be his best, lights up our downtown everyday. And Tricia, with her mega-watt smile and unflagging faith in our common capacity for good, is an uncommon inspiration to all who know her.
The breakfast is when we let these two people — and every vendor who ever took a chance on Real Change — know that they are appreciated. This is when we take an hour out of our lives to honor their effort and support their work.
There will also be our Change Agent of the Year Award. Every year we choose an ally who is doing effective and visionary work and let them know that their efforts, too, are appreciated. The award this year goes to Lisa Daugaard of The Defender Association, who, in her quietly effective way, has altered the landscape of our city.
This mild-mannered public defender’s quiet advocacy with the Racial Disparity Project has brought sweeping reform of Seattle’s homeless banishment policies. She has been a leading voice for police reform and has, relationship by relationship, built the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program into a nationally recognized model that offers human services alternatives to incarceration.
Lisa Daugaard, quite clearly, rocks hard. The breakfast is our chance to say so in front of 500 or so of her closest friends.
Our breakfast is also a chance to learn something new. This year, we were going to have John Perkins, author of “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” and “Hoodwinked,” as our keynote. Then Perkins canceled, leaving a somewhat frightening hole in our well-laid plans.
Plan B, however, is way better. The grand finale of our hour of eggs and orange juice will be State Senator Ed Murray and Mayor Mike McGinn, laying out their positions on housing and homelessness for our considered morning delectation. There to bring out the best in both will be your friend and ours, Q13 Political Analyst C.R. Douglas.
CommentsI'm not a morning person, but for this I will be :) I cannot wait to attend this event in support of Real Change.
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