Location: Wing Luke Museum, 719 S. King Street, Seattle WA 98104
Dress: Business Casual
Early Bird Registration: $75 (closing Oct 15th)
Reg Ticket Sales: $90 (starting Oct 16th)
Tables for Seven Guests: $525 (ONLY 6 Tables available)
50/50 Cash Raffle at $25 ticket or 5 for $100
This year, our comedic fundraiser will feature national stand-up comedian, Gibran Saleem, and local favorite, Dan Hurwitz, the co-founder of the The Disabled List Comedy Festival. Our event will include a speech from Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and our Executive Director, Huy Nguyen. Our evening will include drinks, dinner, dessert, a 50/50 Raffle, a Wine Grab, a chance to raise your paddle and support BLC at our most important fundraising event of the year!
Video Speech by Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D.) .
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal represents Washington's 7th Congressional District, which encompasses most of Seattle and its surrounding areas. She is the first South Asian American woman ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, one of just two dozen naturalized citizens currently in Congress, and one of only 87 women of color to ever serve there. She is the proud Chair of the 100+ member Congressional Progressive Caucus and also serves on several key committees, including the House Judiciary Committee (where she is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Immigration Integrity, Security, and Enforcement) and on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. She has spent over 20 years leading organizing and advocacy efforts for women's and immigrant rights and racial and economic justice.
Gibran Saleemis a stand-up comedian that has been featured on Better Things on FX, MTV, TBS, AXS TV, Comedy Central and the Tamron Hall Show on ABC. Gibran was born in North Carolina, but began comedy in New York City while pursuing a graduate degree in Psychology at NYU. Since then, Gibran was selected as a finalist for NBC’s Stand-Up competition as well as part of NBC’s Late Night Writers Workshop. He was the focus of an international documentary series on NHK TV called Asian Dreamers: Brown is Funny and recently toured with Hasan Minhaj during his latest Netflix special. Gibran performs nationally as well as internationally, including a tour performing for the troops in Korea and Japan. Gibran was previously the host of a podcast called “Why Did I Say That?! and is in the final stages of releasing his short film, “Gibranistan”. Gibran currently resides in New York, where he performs regularly at some of the most legendary clubs in the world and is in development of a TV pilot based on his previous non-profit background helping newly released inmates transition back to society.
Dan Hurwitz is a disabled, Black, and Jewish writer, comedian, and filmmaker. In 2018, he co-founded The Disabled List, an ever-growing collective of disabled comedians from the Pacific Northwest. Dan was a semi-finalist in the Stand-Up NBC national comedy competition, and was chosen as one of the "Best of Fest" in both the Burbank Comedy Festival and Jersey City Comedy Festival. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Dan co-wrote, co-directed, and co-starred in “This Is Spinal Injury” (2021), a mockumentary about the trials of disabled artists during quarantine, which premiered at Northwest Film Forum’s Local Sightings Film Festival in September, 2021. The Disabled List completely sold out their first ever (and the region's first ever) disability-centered comedy festival January, 2023.