Glamour for a Good Cause: Photos from COTN’s Seattle Story Changer Auction

10/25/16

Under the glittering lights of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle, Wash., COTN partners arrived dressed in their finest, ready to enjoy COTN’s Seattle Story Changer Auction. 

The theme of the evening was “Become a Story Changer.” The program included a cocktail reception; dinner; reflections from Chris and Debbie Clark, COTN’s founders; and a testimony from Lezitah Madziayenda, a university graduate who was in COTN's sponsorship program.

All gifts given throughout the evening during the live auction and “Fund-A-Need” paddle call are being used to meet the greatest needs of the children—from food and clothing, to education and full-time care for children who have no one else to provide for them. 

All together, these generous COTN partners raised more than $80,000 for the children!

 

                                                             The setup to a beautiful evening!

 

                                   Pastor Mike Jones, master of ceremonies, led guests through the evening.

 

                                                The guests watched COTN’s new sponsorship video.

 

"We hope you know that none of the stories of transformation we share tonight would be possible without you," said Chris and Debbie. "It’s only because of your love, care, generosity, and kindness that Children of the Nations exists and is able to serve children in need. You are the very people we’re talking about when we refer to 'the COTN Family.'"

 

      Lezitah Madziayenda, a young woman who has grown up in COTN’s sponsorship program, shared her story.

 

                              The family who sponsored Lezitah listened closely as she shared her story. 

 

Guests bid on auction items, including everything from an autographed Taylor Swift guitar to an autographed Steve Largent jersey.

 

The auctioneer, Bill Glazebrook, did a wonderful job leading guests in the live auction and “Fund-A-Need” paddle call. 

 

The theme of the evening, "Become a Story Changer,” was highlighted through everything from photos of children, to inscribed pencils at each place setting, to centerpieces made out of books. 

 

Thank you to all of you who came, all of you who supported us, and all of you who have had a part in raising children who transform nations!