Thursday, September 22, 2011



Beer & Wine Tasting 2011 Registrants: On Friday night, we are offering a unique opportunity for you to obtain one of our fabulous Live Auction items without ever raising a bid card! In order to qualify, you need only to purchase a "Best of the Live Auction" drawing ticket from one of our ticket sellers. Look for the ticket sellers in blue shirts! The cost for each ticket is $25 (we'll be selling 100 tickets on a first come, first serve basis starting at 5:00 pm). At the beginning of the Live Auction, Tony Ventrella will select one winning ticket and the winner will immediately choose his or her item – so be ready!

Remember to view our list of Live Auction items below, or in our printed program that evening before we kick off our Live Program.


1. Board Beer Barrel

Enjoy a 6 pack of each RTS Board member’s favorite beer. From Belgian Whites to dark Stouts, there is something for everyone in this fun package!

*2. The Ultimate Seattle Experience!

Celebrate the best Seattle has to offer with this exceptional package for two. You’ll begin your authentic Seattle day with two tickets to the internationally renowned Seattle Art Museum. After indulging in an afternoon at the SAM, you’ll continue your affair with Seattle art by enjoying a meal at one of Tom Douglas’ famous Seattle restaurants, The Palace Kitchen, followed by a performance at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley—the Northwest’s premiere jazz club (next door to The Palace Kitchen). Finally, The Inn at the Market’s spectacular city view room—the only hotel located in Pike Place Market.

*PLEASE NOTE: This Live Item changed on 9-29-11. Our Sheraton + 5th Avenue Package will now be auctioned off in our Silent Auction.

3. Seahawks Tickets + Pre-game sideline tour with Tony Ventrella

This package includes two tickets to the Seahawks vs. Eagles game on Dec. 1st. Theses Seats are located in the second row on the charter level at about the 35 yard line, giving you one of the best views in the house! Get a first hand look during a 30 minute, pre-game tour with legendary Seattle sports broadcaster, Tony Ventrella!

4. RTS Board: Everyday Wines Cellar

Enjoy a bottle of each board member’s favorite “Tuesday” wine – quality picks that won’t break the bank!

5. Groundskeeper for a day at the Mariners + 2 tickets

Listen up, Seattle Mariners fans ages 16 and up: You have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be an official Seattle Mariners Groundskeeper for the Day in May 2010! The recipient will sit with the grounds crew during the game directly beside the visiting team’s dugout for an unmatched view of the action. But you certainly won’t be sitting the whole time! As a guest groundskeeper, you will join the rest of the grounds crew in setting up batting practice, helping with pre-game preparation, dragging the infield between the 3rd and 6th innings, and taking the bases in after the game. Plus, this package includes box seat tickets for two of your guests!

6. Alaska Airlines (2 tickets fly anywhere) + 7 days of parking at Doug Fox Parking

Escape to anywhere Alaska Airlines flies with two, roundtrip coach tickets generously donated with no restrictions or blackout dates; International and Domestic destinations available, including Mexico and Hawaii. This package includes 7 days of parking with Doug Fox Parking.

7. Mariners: 4 Diamond Club tickets + Autographed Edgar Martinez baseball

The lucky recipient of this package will receive four Diamond Club tickets to a Seattle Mariners game in the 2012 season! The Diamond Club, located behind home plate, offers the best seats in the ballpark and a truly unique baseball experience. A private, field level entry way allows you to easily travel between your 4th row seats and the exclusive Diamond Club Lounge. The lounge is a spacious, upscale bistro with a circular bar, big screen TV’s and luxurious tables, chairs, and sofas. Here, you will find a delicious buffet menu crafted by Executive Chef Jim Makinson. You can enjoy your meal in the lounge or at your seat with the help of the attentive Safeco Field staff. All food and beverages are included with your Diamond Club seats, along with 2 complimentary parking passes. Together with this spectacular game day experience, you will receive an autographed baseball from Seattle Mariners legend and hero, Edgar Martinez!

8. RTS Board: Premiere Wine Cellar

Celebrate a special occasion or just the end of a long week with these premiere wine selections from the RTS Board of Directors.

9. 20 hours of professional painting + $150 worth of Paint

Give your home an all over face lift with 20 hours of painting services and Benjamin Moore Paints from Shearer Painting! Serving Seattle and the Eastside for 20 years, John Shearer and his team are recognized as one of the highest quality home painting contractors in the area, with vast experience in interior, exterior, and home restoration. Let John and his team revive your dull colors with this great package!

10. RTS Board & Staff: Helping a Homeowner in Need

Stay tuned for a very special auction item brought to you by the RTS Board of Directors and Staff. You’ll find out all the details live on Friday evening!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Rebuilding Days TODAY!

Today 18 members of the RTS Young Professionals Society (YPS) are busy working in White Center to help make improvements at the home of Donna, a RTS program recipient. In Shoreline: 30 volunteers from Sponsor Group, Honeywell, are working to repair the home of Augustin, a WWII veteran (stay tuned for Honeywell photos!).

Way to go, volunteers! Thank you for your support of our programs.

YPS Project Manager, John Hanks

Volunteers stay busy painting!

YPS President, Cody Moore (L) and YPS Vice President, Celeste Reilly (R)

YPS Member, Veronika Smith-Archiapatti

Beer & Wine Tasting 2011 - Evening Preview!

The Rebuilding Together Seattle Staff & Board is excited to see YOU on Friday, September 30th at our 2nd Annual Beer and Wine Tasting Fundraiser! This special Event Preview will give you an overview of event logistics, share about our Event Sponsors, and give you a preview of incredible silent and live auction items. If you have additional questions, please call our office at 206.682.1231 or email SEE YOU SOON!


Our event will be held at the REI Flagship Store (222 Yale Ave N, Seattle). After you head up the stairs to the 2nd floor, you'll see signs and friendly volunteers directing you to our event room, located in the northwest corner. Parking is available at the REI Parking Lot (garage entrance on Yale Ave N). RTS will provide complimentary parking at REI for our guests.


Our event will start at 5:00 pm with food, tastings, and our Silent Auction. Please arrive as soon as you can guarantee your chance to win your favorite Silent Auction items! The Silent Auction will close around 7:00 pm. Following the Silent Auction, we'll kick off our Live Program, consisting of our Live Auction, Sponsor Recognition, Volunteer of the Year of Award, Guest Speakers, and more! The event will end at approximately 8:45pm. Don't forget to shop at REI beforehand! :)

RTS is thrilled to partner with Seasoned in Seattle Catering this year. Seasoned in Seattle will be providing an assortment of excellent heavy appetizers. Menu items will include: Mushroom Popovers, Homemade Bruschetta Italia, Antipasto Baskets (with fresh marinated vegetables, assorted cheese & crackers, and Italian meats), Smoked Salmon, Grilled Thai Chicken Satays with tangy peanut dipping sauce, fresh Mozzarella skewers, and more! RTS will also have a small assortment of non-alcoholic beverages.


1. Program Recipient: Debra
In 2011, Deborah and Ricky applied to Rebuilding Together Seattle after Deborah was put on disability. In addition, Ricky started chemotherapy treatments, and Deborah and Ricky took legal custody of their two grandchildren. On Sept 30th, Deborah will share about her life experiences and the transformation that occurred for her and her family following her rebuilding day project in the Spring with the RTS Youth Board.

2. Program Recipient: Alice
In 2010, Alice, a disabled veteran living in South Seattle, applied to our programs to receive help at her home. On April 30, 2011, over 50 volunteers from Intellectual Ventures and Perkins Coie worked to restore her home. Alice will share a few words about the impact volunteers made on her life.

3. Volunteer Speaker: Lisa Miner (Perkins Coie)
Lisa Miner has been volunteering with Rebuilding Together Seattle for many years. In April, Lisa worked with volunteers from her firm to restore Alice's home (Program Recipient). Lisa will share about her experiences volunteering and why she supports the RTS mission.


On Sept 30th, The RTS Board will announce the first recipient of our new Volunteer of the Year Award, and acknowledge all nominees. Stay tuned!


Our event would not be made possible without the support of our Event Sponsors. RTS sends a BIG thanks to our Underwriting Sponsor, Infiniti of Kirkland. Thank you, Infiniti!

RTS also thanks our Bronze Sponsor, Nintendo, our Venue Sponsor, REI, and our Beer and Wine Sponsors: McCarthy & Schiering, Goose Ridge Winery, Diamond Knot Brewing Company, and Fremont Brewing Company. Thank you for your support!


RTS sends a big thanks to our event Emcee, Tony Ventrella, and our live musician, Dean Backholm, for their willingness to donate their time and talents to our organization on September 30th. You guys are the best!


RTS looks forward to the support of our event Photographer, Dana Questad. Following the event, we'll send out an email with a link to a private photo album of our guests for you and your friends to share!

· RTS Board of Directors: PREMIERE WINE CELLAR

· RTS Board of Directors: "EVERY DAY WINES" CELLAR

· RTS Board of Directors: BARREL OF BEER!

· ALASKA AIRLINES & ATZ Inc: Two coach, round-trip tickets system wide + 7 day parking pass & Doug Fox Parking

· ULTIMATE SEAHAWKS PACKAGE: 2 tickets to Seahawks vs. Eagles on Dec 1st + Pregame Sideline Tour with Tony Ventrella!

· ULTIMATE MARINERS PACKAGE: Autographed Edgar Martinez Baseball + 4 Diamond Club tickets

· MARINERS GROUNDSKEEPING EXPERIENCE: Guest Groundskeeper for the Day!

· SHERATON HOTEL: Night for 2 at the Sheraton downtown

· WINE: Leonetti Cabernet Reserve

· PAN PACIFIC EXPERIENCE: One Night Stay at Pan Pacific Hotel + Tutta Bella gift card + Town car

· WINE: Grand vin de bordeaux, Chateau Meyney, Saint Estephe, 2005 France, Magnum 1500 ML

· BRIAN CARTER CELLARS: 2 bottles of wine + Tasting for 4

· HEATHMAN HOTEL: 1 night stay + Dinner at Trellis and Bar

· INN AT THE MARKET: One night stay in City View room with valet parking included

· ALASKA AIRLINES: 20,000 Alaska Airline Miles

· WHISKEY TASTING WITH SMOKED SALMON: Private, in-home cocktail tasting for 4-6 people with smoked salmon delivery from Patti Shanks-Dizard

· HOTEL 1000: gift certificate for a “Spaahh Treatment and $25.00 Credit in BOKA Kitchen and Bar”

· ARGOSY CRUISES: 2 tickets for Harbor Cruise

· TENNIS LESSONS: 2 hrs free tennis lessons from WA State Open Doubles partner, Justin Bower

· CANYON RIVER RANCH: 1 night stay for two

· O-S WINERY: Winemaker's Private Wine Tasting for 8-10 people @ O-S Winery

· BIG PICTURE CINEMA: Movie Passes (Admit Two)

· 5th AVENUE THEATRE: 2 tickets and VIP club access to opening night of Saving Aimee

· HANDYMAN SERVICES: 4 hours of handyman/contracting services by Jody Rogers of Vertical Grain Construction +

· $100 Gift Certificate from City Hardware for materials

· EVERGREEN ESCAPES: Mt. Rainier Snowshoeing for two Available 1 November 2011 to 1 May 2012

· KANGAROO & KIWI PUB: Keg Party for 80!

· AGUA VERDE PADDLE CLUB: 2 hour Kayaking Package for up to two people + $30 CafĂ© Voucher

· BAYVIEW LIMOUSINE: 2hrs consecutive in 6 person limo

· INTERBAY GOLF CENTER:9 Hole Round of Golf for 4 players

· SEATTLE SHAKESPEARE COMPANY: 2 tickets for one performance of Midsummer Night's Dream (10/23-11/11) x2

· PARADISE PET LODGE: 2 days FREE Boarding for Pet!

· REI Camping Stove!

· BODYCENTER STUDIOS: Two (2) Private Pilates Sessions

· SEATTLE ART MUSEUM: 2 admission tickets

· GARAGE BILLIARDS: Night out for two (four course meal and two hours of bowling or billiards)

· DIMITRIOU’S JAZZ ALLEY: Admission Covers for two

· JAK’S GRILL: $100 gift card

· THE VILLAGE THEATER: 2 tickets to a show of choice in 2011-2012

· SEATTLE THEATER GROUP: 2 VIP Paramount Club Seats for Kathy Griffin

· WOODLAND PARK ZOO FAMILY PACKAGE: 2 Adults + 2 Kids tickets


· 2 HUSKY BASKETBALL TICKETS to the 2011-2012 Season

· Painting by Debbie Bianchi

· GONZAGA’S BATTLE IN SEATTLE: 2 tickets to the alumni suite, 2 t shirts, 2 free entry to pregame social

· Seahawks/Mariners custom Corn-hole game

· SAIL CRUISE: 3 hour sailing cruise on Catalina 36 for four

· CALIFORNIA TRAVELS: 2 round trip airline tickets to any city in California from Tangerine Travel

· LANDSCAPING: 5 hours of consultation from landscape architect, Lisa Pfeiffer

· SHEARER PAINTING: 20 hours of interior or exterior painting + $150 of Benjamin Moore paint

· SEATTLE AQUARIUM: 4 guest passes

· RTS BOARD & STAFF HOME INVASION: 5 hours of house and yard work by the RTS Board and Staff!

· MEDI SPA BASKET (c/o Virginia Mason Medical Center)

· PADDLE BOARDING: 1 hour of Paddle boarding lessons for two

· Wine tasting for 8 at the Colombia Winery!

· NAN B PHOTOGRAPHY: free family photo session

· PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER: 4 exhibits only passes

· SWEETLINES: 2 hour Mountain Bike Lesson

*Please note: not all auction items are included on this list. Some of the above items may be packaged together on September 30th!

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