Nonprofit Events: Current Trends and the Future of Fundraisers

When:  Jan 12, 2022 from 05:30 PM to 08:30 PM (PT)
Associated with  Seattle Chapter

Join us as we start 2022 with the most successful non-profit event planners in the industry. Hear from our panel of experts about trends in fundraising.

Our future forward panel will include include discussion with
Gazala Uradnik; Owner, GFS Events,
Deci Evans; Owner Kind + co events,
Shelly Tolo; Owner, Tolo Events and Seattle Event Decor
Pavel Verbovski; Fundraising Solutions Specialist, PNTA
Moderated by Matt Lorch Event Auctioneer, Emcee, Online Host, Moderator

Want to Attend Virtually for $10?
We have added a live stream option for just $10
Register today and we will send you a link to participate 24-48 hrs prior to the event. Join us for a great session without leaving the comforts of your computer.
We will discuss all that 2022 has in store for Non-profit Events! we will discuss all that 2022 has to hold for non-profit events!




GFS Events is an award-winning, full-service event management company that specializes in producing exceptional, nonprofit fundraising events. Learn More

About Canvas
Canvas has expanded on the idea of Western Bridge and has expanded into a true event venue that still celebrates art, togetherness and family. Come see for yourself the true beauty that Canvas offers. Learn More

About Paella House
Paella House brings you authentic cuisine from Spain with quality you can trust. We take pride in offering the best ingredients available. We use only organic vegetables and we source them from local farmers whenever in season. Our paellas are all made with saffron from Castilla La Mancha and Bomba rice grown in Valencia, Spain. Learn More

About PNTA
PNTA (Pacific Northwest Theatre Associates) has been a fixture in the Seattle community since 1975, offering a full range of live production supplies and services, Learn More

About Sunny Umbrella Designs
Sunny Umbrella Design Co. is a boutique design studio located in the beautiful, and sometimes rainy, Seattle area; providing customized graphic design services for corporate and social events.  We also work with many event planners and vendors to create vendor marketing and branding packages.  Learn More

About CORT Party Rental
CORT Party Rental has been the premier event rental company in Washington state, providing decor and equipment for multiple types of events. Our experts can help with weddings, festivals, concerts, corporate conferences and more. With 45+ years of experience behind us, our personalized service and high-quality furnishings create more than just clients. Our customers are valued partners. Style, scale and service are already expected, so we push beyond the limits to bring your inspired vision to life. Learn More

About Party on the Rocks
Party on the Rocks event staffing and bartending service is Puget Sound’s answer to all your party help needs! Our trained and insured staff can help with engagement parties, corporate events, fundraisers, weddings, and anything in between! We’re there to help with event set up, be an extra set of hands for the caterers, and clean up and the end of the night – allowing the host to sit back and relax with their guests. Our bartenders are licensed and trained in event etiquette and create a fun and safe service. We are a local woman-owned small business and are proud to be on many preferred vendors lists.
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About Barbie Hull Photograhphy
Barbie Hull is a Seattle based photographer with over 20 years serving both corporate and wedding clients.  She has an eye for capturing your special day in a unique way. She makes sure you have fun and are able to focus on your event while making sure all of the special moments are captured for you.
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About Trophy Cupcakes
We love working with companies and organizations to bring their event messaging to life in deliciously fun, festive ways. We can customize cupcakes with anything from printed edible logo toppers, to hand-piped graphics and text, to tinted buttercreams and sprinkles.
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MODERATOR: Matt Lorch 

Working as a news anchor and reporter for 26-years in some of the country's largest markets including Seattle, Boston, Miami, and Baltimore, Matt developed an audience engagement style all his own. 

He has a true passion for hosting fundraising events for nonprofit organizations. Some of his clients include Special Olympics Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Woodland Park Zoo, The Museum of Flight, Mary’s Place, Camp Korey, EvergreenHealth Foundation, Northwest Kidney Centers, Boyer Children’s Clinic, Cancer Pathways, Meany Center for the Performing Arts, Town Hall Seattle, Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation, PROVAIL, Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, Seattle Festival of Trees, Bridge of Promise, Wonderland Child and Family Services, Seattle Works, The Friendship Circle, Best Buddies, Bridge Disability Ministries, Brigadoon Service Dogs, and numerous local private schools and PTSAs.

Matt’s a local guy. He grew up in the Seattle area, graduating from Sammamish High School in Bellevue and the University of Washington.  

Matt's mother had a long career as an elementary school teacher in the Bellevue School District.  His father is a retired cardiologist. That's why Matt is driven to improve healthcare and education in this region. He's also the father of two children, including a son with intellectual and physical disabilities, and has become a champion for those with special needs. Learn More

Gazala Uradnik, Owner, GFS Events + ILEA Past President
GFS Events is an award-winning event management company that provides full service strategic fundraising and event management solutions to our nonprofit clients. We work with our clients to help them strategically plan a fundraising event from start to finish.

GFS Events focuses on attaining fundraising goals for our clients through collaborative event management. With an emphasis on budget planning, mission messaging and flawless execution, our design team ensures that our clients' event is a success from conception to execution.

Shelly Tolo, Owner, Tolo Events + ILEA Past President

I founded Tolo Events to work with corporate and non-profit organizations to plan large-scale events. We bring out-of-the-box, non-cookie-cutter-thinking to create award-winning atmospheres and experiences all while extending the branding and mission of our clients.

Specialties: Designing, contract negotiation, production, logistics, strategic management for special events.

Deci Evans, Owner, Kind + co events + ILEA Director of DEI
We focus on offering our clients exemplary and exceptional event management services. With effortless style and acute attention to detail, we are able to thoughtfully curate events on any budget. We focus on corporate and non-profit and charitable organizations where we can make a difference. We favor quality over quantity, having this “boutique sensibility” allows our clients to receive our full and complete attention.

Pavel Verbovski, Fundraising Solution Specialist, PNTA
PNTA has been helping event professionals meet their fundraising event goals for years, and can help your team whether hosting an in person, hybrid or live event in the Seattle Metro.


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