First Ever Swirl Was a Huge Success!

Fine wine, a delicious multi-course meal and sweeping views of Lake Washington were just a few things that made our first ever Swirl event special. Guests from Seattle and beyond came together on Aug. 23 to enjoy a unique new event and support Bailey-Boushay House (BBH).

Shawntel Deloney, BBH dietician, was the evening’s featured speaker.

“Our first fundraising dinner for Bailey was in 1991. Just a few dozen people were hosted at the Dahlia Lounge,” says Virginia Mason Foundation President Jeanne Jachim. “Now, more than two decades later, we hosted nearly 400 people in a grand ballroom. It's incredible to see how much our community has grown and how many people are excited about supporting Bailey-Boushay House.”

Guests enjoyed live and silent auctions, where they bid on items like dinner with Seattle Seahawk quarterback Russell Wilson. That coveted experience went for $7,000, which contributed to an overall fundraising total of $587,000.

Much of the proceeds will support Bailey-Boushay House’s efforts to combat homelessness. BBH created an emergency shelter in 2018, providing a safe, welcoming place for 50 homeless clients to sleep every night. The organization’s help for the homeless extends to offering everything from mental health services to meals to job counseling.

“Homelessness is a huge issue in Seattle, and this event showed lots of people how Bailey-Boushay is fighting it by providing shelter and giving clients the resources they need to succeed,” says Steve Delmore, BBH Board Chair. “Many people have heard of Bailey, but they don't know exactly what we do or the scope of our work. Events like this help people learn how we serve our community.”