Act One Guild's Seventh Annual Candlelight Dinner Features Heralded Northwest Performing Artists: Dedicates Proceeds to Tateuchi Center Endowment
BELLEVUE, Wash. (Nov. 10, 2010) — More than two hundred loyal supporters of the Eastside's future Tateuchi Center, formerly known as PACE, gathered in their finery on Nov. 6, 2010 for the 2010 Candlelight Dinner—Act One Guild Presents The Future. Held in the Hyatt Regency Bellevue Grand Ballroom, the annual gala event raised funds to benefit the $160 million capital and endowment Tateuchi Center Campaign. With an eye on "The Future," the Act One Guild raised $135,000 this year for the Tateuchi Center Endowment, a fund dedicated to supporting arts education, special programming, and public benefit initiatives once the Center is fully operational.
"For the past seven years, the Act One Guild has been dedicated to sharing the vision of Tateuchi Center and raising funds to realize that vision in the communities we serve," said John Haynes, executive director and CEO, in his opening remarks. "The past six Candlelight Dinners have fueled the Campaign with contributions of more than $1.1 million — enough to purchase a Grand Drape to frame the stage, a lighting and audio system for the Cabaret, two Steinway Concert Grand Pianos, and enough to launch the Tateuchi Center Endowment." Of the money raised by the Act One Guild, including from this year's gala, nearly $300,000 has been given in support of the Endowment Campaign, bringing it nearly one-third of the way toward its goal of $10 million.
The gala evening opened with an inspiring recital by more than 20 young student musicians studying the Suzuki Method at Pacific Northwest School of Music. During a sumptuous three-course dinner, a musical interlude of contemporary jazz was provided by the Deems Tsutakawa Trio; Deems is a renowned local songwriter, arranger, producer, and bandleader.
"The stars of this year's Candlelight Dinner were heralded, emerging Northwest performing artists, who thrilled the audience with their gifted classical and operatic performances. These amazing and talented individuals call our community home," says Susan Hino, event chair and Act One Guild member. "The gala provided an opportunity for guests to enjoy the timeless and classical artistry they can anticipate during a performance season at Tateuchi Center."
The mainstage entertainment began with Timothy Beuca, the youngest featured performer at only 15 years old. A first-place award winner at the Seattle International Piano Festival, Beuca astonished the audience with his performances of Bach's "Prelude No. 5," Ravel's "Jeux d'Eau," and "Toccata, Op. 54" by Jeno Takacs. Next on stage was Marcus G. Shelton, a multi-talented tenor and actor, accompanied by David McDade. Shelton has performed with opera and concert companies around the world and is also regularly seen throughout the Northwest. By the end of his performance, Shelton had brought most of the audience to tears, singing "Nessun Dorma" from Turandot and finishing with "Bring Him Home" from Les Miserables. McDade also showed the breadth of his talent and lifelong career on both sides of the orchestra pit, as a musician as well as the Resident Conductor of Seattle Opera's Young Artist Program. The final performer of the evening was Natalya Ageyeva, whose piano artistry has earned awards and recognition internationally. After three resounding classical pieces, including a Rachmaninov etude, she ended with a surprise encore, bringing the audience to their feet with the Gershwin favorite, "The Man I Love."
The occasion was made all the more special with the debut of the Steinway Piano purchased this year with funds raised by the Act One Guild at previous Candlelight Dinners. "For more than a century and a half, the world's most accomplished pianists have chosen to express their musical genius on Steinway & Sons pianos," Haynes adds. "Tateuchi Center is thrilled to have its first Steinway Concert D, thanks to the dedication and hard work of the Guild."
David Silverman, emcee and Fund-A-Need auctioneer for the event, expertly rallied guests to raise their bid cards in support of the Tateuchi Center Endowment. The bidding commenced with great enthusiasm after Patty Edwards and Betty and Kemper Freeman announced that they would match the first $50,000 in contributions from the audience with a combined $50,000 gift of their own. Patty Edwards, Tateuchi Center's newest Director, is a prominent Eastside resident and generous patron of both the visual and performing arts who has provided a major matching gift toward the Act One Guild's annual Fund-A-Need for the past three years. Betty and Kemper Freeman, Tateuchi Center Directors and Co-Chairs of the Tateuchi Center Campaign, have long dedicated their time and many resources to achieving the dream of a major performance venue on the Eastside, including an initial gift of the building site valued at $8 million. Betty is also a founding member of the Act One Guild.
Taking the stage with Patty and Betty, Kemper asked the guests to join them in making a gift to the Tateuchi Center Endowment to demonstrate the power of partnership and passion. "Bellevue has become the downtown of east King County, and it is only fitting that we will soon be home to a world-class arts, entertainment, and educational venue," he said. "Creating the Tateuchi Center Endowment is an enduring commitment to ensure its lasting success." Three donors responded immediately with gifts of $10,000 each — Doug and Nancy Boyden, Michael and Lynn Garvey, and Peter Horvitz, Tateuchi Center Board Chair. Five additional donors committed $5,000 each, and the Edwards/Freeman Challenge was met with the first seven gifts. The audience completed the Fund-A-Need for the Tateuchi Center Endowment with contributions totaling $135,000.
The gala evening was also generously supported by a number of table sponsors, including Kemper Development Company at the $10,000 Sparkling Candlelight level and additional $5,000 Glistening Candlelight level sponsors Lytle Enterprises/The Bellettini, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Nold Muchinsky, Nordstrom, and Parker, Smith & Feek. Tiffany & Co., represented by John Hepler, Director of the Bellevue Tiffany & Co. and member of the Tateuchi Center Board of Directors, was the event's Presenting Sponsor. "The Act One Guild and our guests are so grateful to Tiffany & Co. for the commemorative and timeless guest gifts they have provided for the past seven years," says Hino. "We are so appreciative of each of our Candlelight Dinner sponsors for their wonderful demonstration of generosity in support of Tateuchi Center." She also acknowledged the Act One Guild, with a special thanks to Committee members Alyce Rogers, Susan Thurston, Lin Salisbury, and Melanie Bruch for putting together an extraordinary event.
Tateuchi Center Guilds promote the mission of the Center through their outreach activities and fundraising events to build strong relationships in the community served. Composed of nearly 40 women, the Act One Guild was formed in 2003, and the Candlelight Dinner, launched in 2004, is the Guild's annual signature fundraising event. It has become an Eastside favorite for those who enjoy the glamour and glitz of a gala evening.
About Tateuchi Center
The new identity of Tateuchi Center, formerly known as PACE, celebrates a $25 million grant from the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation, one of the largest gifts ever given to a cultural organization in the Pacific Northwest. Poised to become one of the premier performing arts venues in the Pacific Northwest and the first of its kind in the burgeoning area across Lake Washington from Seattle known throughout the region as "the Eastside," Tateuchi Center is committed to the power of the Arts in human lives. In its 2,000-seat Concert Hall and 250-seat Cabaret, the Center will present artistic, cultural, educational, and entertainment experiences of the highest quality — great performances that reflect the diverse interests and honor the cultures and customs of its neighbors. It will expand arts education opportunities; provide a performance home for select regional arts organizations; promote the interests of working artists; engage and develop new audiences; encourage participation in the arts; contribute to the economic vitality of the region; and serve as a cultural center for Eastside residents. Tateuchi Center will be located in downtown Bellevue on the corner of NE 10th Street and 106th Avenue NE. The Tateuchi Center Campaign, comprising a $150 million capital goal and a $10 million endowment goal, has raised $60M to date, and Groundbreaking is targeted for fall 2012, with Grand Opening in 2014.