Monthly Archives: May 2010

Our Inaugural “Get Funded!” Workshop

Yesterday afternoon, ZINO Society hosted our inaugural “Get Funded!:  Winning Strategies for Courting Angel Investors” workshop in the stunning offices of our event and annual sponsor, Davis Wright Tremaine.  The four hour workshop followed by a wine and hors d’oeuvres networking reception was conducted by ZINO Society Coaching Member and principal of Business Plans Northwest, Bryan Brewer, and ZINO Society COO, Rob Brown.    
The workshop included “in the trenches” information on the angel funding process, courting angel investors, the investor pitch and angels in the Northwest.  The participants were a mix of entrepreneurs and a few angel investors who shared their passion, knowledge and challenges with one another.  The participant evaluations were very positive with requests for additional topics to be covered in the future.  When asked, which aspect of the session was most helpful, every participant had a different answer which speaks to the diversity of the entrepreneurial stages that each represented.  We did agree, however, that we would share everyone’s contact information so the dialog could be continued amongst the attendees.
I know that I look forward to working with Bryan and Rob to continue to further develop and tweak the curriculum for future sessions!

Copper River Salmon at the Harbor Club

Friday night, Ken and I attended the annual Copper River Salmon Winemaker Dinner at the Harbor Club in Bellevue.  We were seated with Harbor Club CEO, Tom Goodenow and his wife Sandie, along with Rochelle & Harry Alhadeff, Harbor Club Board member, Connie & Judd Marquardt, mayor of Yarrow Point, David Cooper and his wife.
We were treated to an excellent four-course gourmet dinner produced by Harbor Club Executive Chef, David Thierry, which featured fresh Copper River Salmon.  My favorite course was the First Course which included creative food flavors melded together highlighting the salmon:
Copper River Salmon Tartare, Rosemary Crisp, Rhubarb and Lemon Tyme Jam
House Cured Copper River King Gravlax, Shredded Fennel and Baby Dill Crème Fraiche
Copper River Salmon Rilette, Brioche Crouton, Apple Shallot Chutney
The featured winemaker was friend, John Bigelow of JM CellarsKen and I have always loved JM Cellars wines since we were first introduced to them several years ago.  One of my fond memories is a winemaker dinner on the terrace at our home benefitting Seattle Children’s Hospital where John and his wife, Peggy, representing JM Cellars were one of several featured vintners.  Last night, as noted on the menu, he shared his 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, 2009 Viognier, 2007 Merlot and 2007 Longevity red blend.  In addition, he surprised us with some Carmeniere and the first bottling of his new 2009 Rose made from 100% Mouvedre grapes.  Though John said he had just sold out within three hours of the release, ZINO Society member, Harry Alhadeff coaxed John to sell him any extra bottles of the 2009 Rose that he had left (see photo of Harry and John above).
At the end of the evening, CEO Tom, thanked all the guests for attending and reminded us of the Harbor Club Golden Jubilee 50th Anniversary Gala Party coming up on June 18, 2010.   Please see top photo above of Tom showcasing the crystal memento which will be distributed to guests at the Golden Jubilee Gala party.    
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Jenna Fischer needs “A Little Help”

Last evening we had the opportunity to soak up an incredible panoramic view of Lake Union on the 24th floor of the WEST 8TH building (along with a glass of wine or a martini) at JJ McKay’s cocktail party.  He invited friends to join him to meet friends, Joe Gressis and Dena Hysell, who were premiering their new indie movie, “A Little Help”, starring Jenna Fischer (see photo of Jenna Fischer above with Stacy Lill and me).
It was an intriguing place for a party which included a vast open, unfinished space with no walls, lighting or HVAC, but perfect for an afternoon party before the sun went down.  There were scores of friends and interesting people there to meet Jenna and wish Joe and Dena well including Piper & Billy O’Neill,  Heather & Michael Sandoval, Afshan Lakha, Betty Tong (see photo of Betty, JJ and me above), Kim Richter, Stacy and Greg Lill, Princess Lada and Larry Schuiski, Vanessa Strickland (see Vanessa & Betty 3rd photo above) and Nancy Auer, recently retired from Swedish Medical Center.  Also attending were Pacific Northwest Ballet Principal Ballet Dancers, Lucien Postlewaite, recovering from a recent operation and sporting hip new glasses and Olivier Wevers, who will be dancing the role of Dr. Coppelius in the upcoming new production of Coppelia which opens next week at McCaw Hall.
In addition to recognizing the party honorees, JJ also made a birthday toast to Marnie Rosen and we joined in a decidedly off-key rendition of “Happy Birthday” in her honor.  It’s the thought that counts!

Chips off the same Block

Yesterday afternoon, I attended a cocktail reception at the WAC hosted by John Meisenbach and Dennis Bassford to welcome Idaho Governor, C.L. “Butch” Otter, to Seattle.  Governor Otter was inspiring as he talked about how he has been able to pare $1 billion out of his state’s $3 billion budget this past year without raising taxes and without cutting essential services.  He is very concerned about some of the current challenges to the US Constitution impacting states’ rights and in his opinion destroying the country that we have so proudly built over the past couple of centuries.
Governor Otter was articulate and energetic in sharing his message with the approximately 40 people in attendance.  His son, John Otter, a member of ZINO Society and friend that I so admire, was instrumental in organizing his father’s whirlwind campaign visit to Seattle.  John kept his dad busy over the course of his three day trip, but was also able to arrange for a special piece of glass art as a gift from Dale Chihuly, which he presented at the cocktail reception in recognition of the service and leadership his father has provided to our country.
Governor Otter was obviously very proud of his son and John was obviously very proud of his father.  It was a treat to see them together.  They are both so friendly, charming and people-oriented that it is safe to say that they are chips off the same block.

Salsa Dance Lessons Reward

Following our Beginning Salsa I class at Century Ballroom on Monday evening, JJ McKay and Steve & Fredda Goldfarb and I visited Molly Moon for an ice cream treat to reward ourselves after a sweaty class of practicing four different right-hand turns.  We are having fun along with around 50 other people learning to dance the salsa.  Of course, Steve is a little (a lot?) ahead of the rest of us, since he danced the salsa in the Plymouth Housing Group Seattle Dances competition a couple of months ago!

ARCS Annual Celebration

Ken and I attended a beautiful ARCS party and Annual Meeting at the home of Chap & Eve Alvord last week.  Seattle Chapter Development VP, Zan Brookshire and President, Mickey Flowers (top photo) announced the exciting news about the record number of scholarships ARCS has funded this year for both University of Washington and Washington… Continue Reading

Seattle University Business Plan Competition-Drum Roll Please!

Yesterday I served as a finalist judge for the Seattle University Albers School of Business & Economics Entrepreneurship Center 12th Annual Business Plan Competition.  Steve Brilling, Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship Center, gathered a stellar group of finalist judges to review the written business plans and sit through the pitches of the final four business… Continue Reading

Fisher Communications Celebrates 100 Years!

On Tuesday evening, husband Ken and I attended the Fisher Communications Century of Service and Innovation Celebration Dinner at the Museum of History and Industry.  We ran into many people with whom Ken worked over the years when he was CEO and President of KIRO Broadcast Corporation.  See photo above of Ken and Bob Boyd,… Continue Reading

Mothers’ Day

This past weekend could not have been better!  The entire weekend was sunny and beautiful.  I received cards and/or phone calls from each of my children and Ken’s children.  We celebrated Mothers’ Day with brunch at the Rainier Club.  Delicious!  See photo of Ken and me along with Alicia & Michael Hatch and their two… Continue Reading

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