OutRising 2020: An Evening for Global LGBTIQ Equality

Our Executive Director Jessica Stern will share the latest news from the United Nations and recent global trips, and we are thrilled and honored to welcome OutRight’s Board member Rikki Nathanson as our keynote speaker. Rikki is a recognized and accomplished trans activist and leader from Zimbabwe, who founded Trans* Research, Education, Advocacy and Training and serves on several Boards of respected LGBTIQ organizations.

We’re also excited to welcome back beloved emcee and auctioneer Laura Michalek and our guest auction reader Michele Storms, the Executive Director of ACLU of Washington. Select live auction items include private dinner parties and getaways to local and warm destinations. You’ll also have the chance to raise your paddle to support OutRight’s work for safety, freedom, equality and dignity for LGBTIQ people everywhere.

Live Auction Items

ITEM #1 – Two Platinum Tickets to Cher Concert in Everett May 4 :: Do not miss Cher’s only stop in the Puget Sound during her “Here We Go Again” Tour! You and a guest will enjoy Platinum seats right in front of the stage to witness the Goddess of Pop and cultural icon. Floor seats are extremely limited – this may be your only chance to get up close to one of the greatest entertainers of our time!

Dates: May 4, 2020
Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett

Value: $575 (Floor, Row 13, Seats 7-8)

ITEM #2 – Premier Wine Collection :: Enjoy 10 bottles of high quality wine to enjoy for special events with friends and family or to make any night special! Bottles include: 2 – Quilceda Creek CVR Columbia Valley Red (2015); 1 – Sparkman Cellars As You Wish (Sauvignon Blanc, 2017); 2 – Citation Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (2015); 2 – Citation Oregon Chardonnay (2014); 1 – Whidbey Island Winery Mourverde (2014); 1 – Whidbey Island Windery Pinot Noir (2017); 1 – Whidbey Island Winery Composition Red (2014); 2 – Nasty Woman Wines Boss Lady Bubbles.

Value: $500

Thank You: Sparkman Cellars, Citation Wines, Whidbey Island Winery, Nasty Woman Wines, Merrily Wyman

ITEM #3 – 5-Course Gourmet, Seasonal Dinner Party for Ten :: Host your own gourmet dinner party with friends and family! You and nine guests will enjoy a memorable evening together as local chef Tom Black (Gourmando, Bis on Main) prepares a delicious five-course, seasonal meal in your home or the home of your choice (within King County). Fine wine pairings from Citation Wines will accompany your dinner, and OutRight staff and volunteers will be on hand to serve your party!

Date: Mutually agreed date with Chef Black by 12/31/20

Value: Priceless

Thank You: Chef Tom Black, Citation Wines & Howard and Katie Rossbach


ITEM #4 – Get Away for a Long Weekend in the Cascade Mountains :: Spend 3 relaxing nights in the Chiwawa River Bunkhouse, a 1960’s-era log cabin, perfectly located in the Central Cascades (Plain, WA), near Lake Wenatchee State Park and Fish Lake. Stevens Pass skiing, Leavenworth, and trails for hiking, biking, and snowmobiling are all nearby. The cabin sits on the bank of the Chiwawa River and is filled with vintage fixtures, furniture, and art, as well as modern-day comforts (WiFI, flatscreen TV, dishwasher). Sleeps 6 people (no pets, please). Click here for more info »

Dates: Mutually agreed date with owner
before 4/30/21 (Note: Blackout dates include most major holiday weekends. $300 security deposit required & returned after checkout)

Value: $700

Thank You: Larisa Didis & Sarah Littlefield

ITEM #5 – Sounders FC VIP Package :: Scarves Up! You and 3 friends will watch Sounders FC as they take to the pitch on February 27 vs. CD Olimpia at CenturyLink Field. Package includes four 200-level tickets and sideline passes for an authentic experience watching player warmups and pregame activities. You’ll also receive an official Sounders FC ball signed by Sounders FC captain and star Nicolás Lodeiro. This is the last game before Sounders FC home opener and your first chance to see your 2019 MLS Cup Champions!

Dates: February 27, 2020, 7pm

Value: Priceless

Thank You:Sounders FC

ITEM #6 – Puerto Vallarta Long Weekend at Casa Cupula Resort :: Puerto Vallarta is not only a beautiful vacation spot on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, it is also one of the premiere gay tourist destinations in Latin America! Casa Cupula is a luxury gay resort located in the exclusive Amapas neighborhood, close to the beach, nightclubs and restaurants in the Zona Romántica. You will spend two nights in one of 19 well-appointed rooms and enjoy Cupula’s gourmet restaurant, spa and pool club.

Dates: Mid-April to Mid-October based on availability

Value: $378

Thank You: Don Pickens & Casa Cupula


ITEM #7 – Spend a Relaxing Weekend on Whidbey Island :: Leave your cares behind as you spend 3 nights in a mint condition 2-bedroom beach cottage full of seaside charm and recently renovated, just 5 minutes from the Clinton Ferry. This house sleeps up to five and has incredible views and miles of beach to explore. You’ll be minutes away from great shopping, hiking, kayaking, whale watching, and world-class wineries. Includes dinner at Prima Bistro, home to Langley’s best French-inspired dining. Click here for more info»

Date: Mutually agreed date with
owner by 10/31/20

Value: $700

Thank You: Mary Ann Benack

ITEM #8 – Riesling, Risotto & Repartee in Downtown Seattle :: Enjoy a special evening out hosted by The Pink Door and Sparkman Cellars. You’ll enjoy dinner for 4 including an oyster platter with pink mignonette, Bagna Cauda and cold Birdie Riesling to start, followed by risotto de la casa paired with Sparkman l’Autre Pinot Noir. Finish with beautiful Branzino or toothsome Osso Buco with powerful Ruby Leigh red. Entertainment includes music, acrobatics and the dark arts, depending on the night of your reservation. Vegetarian dishes also available.

Date: By reservation before 5/1/20. Cocktails and tip not included.

Value: $650

Thank You: Pink Door & Sparkman Cellars

ITEM #9 – Two Orchestra Tickets to Brandi Carlile Benaroya Show February 21 :: Come see our hometown music star and LGBTIQ heroine play with the Seattle Symphony in the first of three sold-out shows! Brandi won 3 Grammys last year and rocked performances from the Grammys to The Gorge. Brandi’s last performances with Seattle Symphony were in 2010 – do not miss this special opportunity.

Date: February 21, 2020 – Benaroya Hall

Value: $500 (Orchestra Center, Row MM, Seats 5-6)

Thank You: Ben and Dawn Laine