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Gals’ Giving: Taste of the GSBA

Posted by Johnine Larsen on November 6, 2014
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taste-GSBA-1The GSBA and the Real Estate Gals are giving back. This November, more than 700 black-tie attendees will dine and bid at TASTE of the GSBA to once against support Seattle’s LGBT youth. The proceeds will go to the GSBA Scholarship Fund, now operating since 1996. This event usually raises upward of $450,000, and the Real Estate Gals are proud to participate once again.

We’ve supported the GSBA Scholarship Fund for 20 years, and we’re excited about this dinner.


The Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) is the largest business chamber of its kind in the United States, and the second largest business chamber in Washington State. More than a chamber, the GSBA is a vibrant community organization with a broad and diverse membership base.

To combine business development, leadership and social action to expand economic opportunities for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and those who support equality for all.


TASTE of the GSBA:

Date:           Saturday, November 22, 2014
Time:          5:30 – 11:00 pm
Location:   Westin Seattle Hotel
Address:    1900 5th Ave.
                    Seattle, WA 98101
Contact #: (206) 363-9188

 The Taste of GSBA features a fabulous cast of auction items, small plates from GSBA caterers and restaurants, a four-course sit-down dinner, beer, wine, and the featured cocktail, the “Quattro Stagioni,” created by Tutta Bella[!], the winner of the Taste of GSBA Cocktail Contest. Add to that entertainment featuring performers from The 5th Ave’s production of “A Chorus Line,” and it promises to be a night to remember.

The entire event benefits the GSBA Scholarship Fund.



Attendees will enjoy a four-course dinner. Options include:

Beef: Black pepper crusted beef filet, syrah demi Yukon, yam & chestnut parfait, seasonal vegetable

Fish: Slow roasted steelhead, green pea & mint sauce Quinoa medley, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash puree

Vegetarian/Vegan: Basil infused ratatouille vegetable tian, quinoa pilaf rice, baby vegetables, smoked tomato coulis

As if that wasn’t enough, there is also a raffle to have your table personally served by one of the GBSA’s celebrity chefs:

  • Tamara Murphy, terra plata
  • Jerry Traunfeld, Poppy
  • Rumi Ohnui, Pastry Chef Cassis Restaurant

Dinner raffle tickets are $100. The meals, though, will be priceless.

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A smattering of available auction items include:

  • Two 55-minute massages at Elements Massage
  • Two Season Tickets to Seattle Men’s Chorus
  • $500 Gift Card for Integrity Law Group Legal Services
  • Five visits to Banya 5 Urban Spa
  • Many, many more


GSBA Scholarship Fund:

Most importantly, the Taste of the GSBA raises money for scholarships. The GSBA Scholarship Fund awards educational scholarships to undergraduate LGBTQ and Allied students who exhibit leadership potential, demonstrate strong academic abilities, and who are actively involved in school and community organizations. Our scholars represent a diverse group of students who have dreams of making our community and the world a better place; each of them possesses the skills, talents and dedication to make those dreams a reality.

In the 23 years of the GSBA Scholarship Fund, it has awarded more than $1.8 million dollars to more than 300 students. This year, 2013, it supported 44 scholars with $230,000 in educational scholarships.

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We’re proud to give back to our community, and the TASTE of the GSBA is a perfect way to do that. It will be a night of fine dining, fine wine, and fine auction items–and at the end, it will help dozens of students.