This past week on Tuesday and Wednesday, ZINO Society hosted our Roundtable investment meetings at the Seattle and Bellevue Harbor Clubs respectively. The featured dealflow presentations included iParse, Answers for Elders, Bluzinger and Smart Works. See photo of the entrepreneurs each getting ready to answer the “burning question” that came as a result of member discussion following their presentations. From left to right, pictured are Suzanne Perkins and Michael Carossino of Answers for Elders, Bob McCausland and Chris Beer of Bluzinger, Dan Diesso of Smart Works, and Rex Stevens of iParse. Each company is looking for accredited investors to invest in their businesses to help them achieve their growth plans.
iParse makes it fast, easy, and inexpensive for medium and small banks to provide mobile banking services to compete with the very large banks.
Answers for Elders is a boomers’ online community social site and portal to provide support, answers and expert resources in helping aging parents.
Bluzinger is building the first ever national location-based mobile advertising network, delivering paperless coupons to end customers.
Smart Works is bringing the “Smart Grid” inside facilities with network friendly circuit and device energy meters that improve energy intelligence.
Our “membership minute” was provided by Roundtable member, Skip Walter (top photo), and he shared tongue-in-cheek advice of 125 ways to lose money in the wine business. Our keynote speaker was John Bookwalter, Chairman of the Washington Wine Commission and owner and Winemaker for Bookwalter Winery. John did double duty on Tuesday evening, also pouring his wines as our featured vintner. See photo above of John pouring wine for guest, Sandy Walsh. He joked that we were probably expecting him to vacuum the room after the event in addition to his other two roles. Also featured was Charles Finkel of The Pike Brewing Company pouring his excellent craft beers.
Thursday evening, Ken and I attended opening night of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s repertory program, 3 by Dove. At the pre-performance donors’ dinner, in addition to sitting with friends, Dan & Michelle Heidt, Sharon Richardson, and others, we had the opportunity to sit at the same table with Parrish Maynard, who was in town to stage Serious Pleasures, PNB’s fourth Ulysses Dove choreographic acquisition. As PNB Artistic Director, Peter Boal shared in his Director’s Notebook, “Parrish Maynard was the central figure in the original premiere of the work created for American Ballet Theatre in 1992 turning in career-defining performances. The work was controversial for addressing the shadowy underworld of sexuality at the dawn of the AIDS epidemic. Audiences loved it. The work was nearly lost, with the exception of a few grainy videos and Parrish’s keen memory. He has brought the work back from extinction for this revival.”
I had not seen the Company in any of their rehearsals, so at dinner Parrish described the set of nine doors that were opened and closed rapidly as dancers entered and exited the stage. The Lighting Designer, Rico Chiarelli, and his team had their hands full in managing the quick lighting changes in exact sequence. We were astounded when Parrish shared that there were 53 lighting changes in just the first six minutes of the work!
The entire production and the PNB dancers were incredible! Principal dancer, Lucien Postlewaite, had the role of the “narrator”. In this case, the “narrator” doesn’t talk, but tells the story through dance and according to the program is the story of “the merciless battle between spirit and flesh.” In addition, opening and slamming doors and dancing visually compelling vignettes with names such as “Demons of Light” and “Angels of Darkness” were Lindsi Dec, Karel Cruz, Sara Ricard Orzo, Seth Orzo, Ariana Lallone, Jordan Pacitti, Leslie Rausch and James Moore.
I have to pass along kudos and big thanks to friends and fellow ballet aficionados, Aya Hamilton, Carl & Renee Behnke, and Bob & Joan Cremin for their generous underwriting of this PNB premiere. What a privilege to have a world-class ballet company of this quality in our community!
Oh! What a night! Last Saturday evening after months of preparation, I had the opportunity to participate in the new Plymouth Housing Group fundraiser, Seattle Dances! competition featuring local “celebrity” dancers paired with professional dancers. Though I had said “NO” five times before I finally said “YES”, I have to admit that it was so… Continue Reading
Last week, ZINO Society members and guests enjoyed martinis and wine courtesy of STIR Martini & Raw Bar at our March LOL (Libations on Location)! STIR Martini & Raw Bar is a fun, lively bar just off the lobby of the Bellevue Grand Hyatt which is a hot place for an after-work cocktail and snack. … Continue Reading
Last night was an amazing fundraising event at the Fremont Studios to benefit Plymouth Housing Group! The event was “Seattle Dances” and was a sell-out with 450 people in attendance. The venue looked spectacular with giant screens, bright pink and black table clothes and napkins and mirror balls everywhere! The guests came early to participate… Continue Reading
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to see the rest of the competitors who will be dancing in the Seattle Dances dance competition on Saturday evening. I was impressed with what each of the non-professional dancers has accomplished in getting ready for this big first-year fundraiser to benefit Plymouth Housing Group. Beautiful blonde Michelle Foreman Barnet,… Continue Reading
Yesterday, as a member of the “Advisors to the Treehouse Board,” I had the pleasure of attending the annual Treehouse Champions for Foster Kids luncheon at the Sheraton Seattle. It was a huge success and here are the results in the words of Dawn Rains, the Treehouse Director of Development and Marketing, “With about 1,200… Continue Reading