50th Anniversary InterIm CDA Gala LIVE AUCTION!

Get a sneak peek of what will be in our live auction on May 4, 2019, and get that bidding arm ready! We have unique experiences, a restaurant frenzy, an exotic vacation package and much more! (Items may not be in this order the night of the gala.)

Mariners’ baseball cleat owned and signed by Edgar Martinez 

• Edgar Martinez Photo Courtesy Jerry Lee and Charlene Lee

Former designated hitter for the Seattle Mariners and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, Edgar Martinez, has donated a signed cleat.  After 18 stellar years, the Mariners retired Edgar’s uniform number and inducted him into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame. Edgar Martínez was also recently elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019 and will be inducted this July! This is your chance to own a piece of history!  #legacy #halloffamer #rarememorabilia 

VALUE: Priceless 

Donated by: Jerry Lee & Charlene Lee 

 Art piece by Tori Kirihara

• Portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama Artist Tori Kirihara


Artist Tori Kirihara was born and raised in Seattle and attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles. Her passions include many forms of art combined with community service and bringing people of different cultures together. This beautiful portrait of former First Lady Michelle ObamaThis is your chance to own a piece of femme history! 

 VALUE: $1,000 

DONATED BY: Tori Kirihara 


 East Indian Feast for 10 guests at Seattle Storm Co-Owner, Dawn Trudeau’s penthouse, Co-hosted with Dr. Sutapa Basu

• East Indian Feast

 friends will share an unforgettable evening with Dawn Trudeau, Co-Owner of the three-time WNBA Champions, Seattle Storm. Join her and Dr. Sutapa Basu, Director of UW Women’s Center,for a freshly prepared East Indian gourmet multi-course mealat Dawn’sQueen Anne penthouse with a panoramic view of Puget Sound. Converse about the Storm’s amazing championship team, current women's issues, and delicious traditional East Indian recipes from the Land of Five Waters cookbook. 

As an added bonus, you and 3 others can cheer on the Storm with 4 tickets to one of their regular season home games! 

Donors: Dawn Trudeau, Dr. Sutapa Basu, Elaine Ikoma Ko, Inter*Im Board Member, Seattle Storm 

RESTRICTIONS: This dinner must be scheduled during Seattle Storm's basketball off season. Tickets must be redeemed by August 25, 2019 


 Samoan Getaway 

• Ofu Island

Talofa!  Escape to a tropical island that most adventurous travelers have not even seen. Far from the hustle and bustle of urban life, the Island of Ofu in American Samoa is remote, unpopulated and quiet. The beach at Ofu stretches for just over 2 miles, but the sheer beauty of this curve of sand and the relative emptiness of its shores make it one of the best beaches in the world. Fly from American Samoa to this special island and spend seven days at the Manu’a Hotel. Enjoy complimentary breakfast, lunch and dinner and a boat tour of the island!  

VALUE: $1,100 

DONATED BY: Howard Deenah MolipeIeremia Atuatasi & Loretta Seigafo 

RESTRICTIONS: Travel dates July - October 


Poker Party for 20 @$100 Buy-In 

• Poker Patry

Put on your best poker face and ante up for the big poker party of the year! InterIBoard Chair Andrew Liu will be your host for the evening in his lovely Magnolia home overlooking SeattleThree of a kind friends Jerry Lee, Downtown Freddie Brown and Perry Lee will help deal out the funFeeling lucky then bid high and win this hand!  

Fixed Price: $100/Ticket 

DONATED BY: Andrew Liu, Nancy Ko, Liana Woo


Cocktails & Conversation with Angela Rye, ESQ, CEO & CNN Political Commentator

• Angela Rye


Twelve lucky guests will have a very special experience featuring Ms. Angela Rye. Guests will be delighted by engaging conversation, panoramic penthouse views of Puget Sound while enjoying both cocktails and delicious heavy hors d’oeures 

Born and raised in Seattle, Ms. Rye will share her broad and incisive analysis of current political and global issues as she regularly does on CNN, HBO, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, BET and TV One. She was nominated by the NAACP, along with Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey, for their 50th Anniversary Image Award.  This will be an extraordinary time!  

 DONORS: Elaine Ikoma Ko, Eddie Rye, Jr., Dawn Trudeau 

RESTRICTIONS: Dates TBD in Summer or Fall 


Hilton Honor Points 

• Hilton Honors

InterIm Board Chair Andrew Liu has donated 250,000 Hilton Honor Points!  These Honor Points can be redeemed to book ANY room, ANY time, ANY where at over 5,000 locations in 100 countries and territories! No blackout dates!  Imagine yourself in London, Sydney, Paris, Rome, or Dubai!  Have you always dreamed of discovering the Bahamas, Fiji, Brazil, or French Polynesia?  This is your chance! 

VALUE: $2,500 

Donated by: Andrew Liu 


 Handcrafted textile art with iconic International District theme 

• Quilt designed by Colleen Seymour Hoernlein & Claudia Vellandi, Print Artist/ Architect- Curtis Mc Guire

Textile artist, Colleen Seymour Hoernlein, created and produced this one of a kind hanging quilt, along with friend Claudia Vellandi. This piece of art is an assembly of ink drawings that were converted from paper to canvas, so it could be combined with other fabrics that will stand the test of time. The pictures depict the Chinatown/ International District of the past by Artist & Architect Curtis McGuire. This original design should be hung and appreciated as it triggers memories of some favorite places for citizens of the CID. It is meant to honor a place many call home and a way of life that InterIm CDA strives to support and maintain.  

 VALUE: $1,500 

Original Designers: Colleen Seymour Hoernlein & Claudia Vellandi 

Print Artist/Architect:  Curtis McGuire


 Week Stay in San Diego w/ Southwest Airline Tickets 

• A hotel in San Diego

Fly to sunny San Diego on Southwest Airlines and enjoy a week’s stay at the lovely Worldmark San Diego – Mission Valley.  You’ll be stone’s throw from the world-famous San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Old Town, and Balboa Park. Catch a beautiful sunset in La Jolla, tour the enchanting Hotel del Coronado, and explore the magic of Del Mar.  Wind, surf, and sun will be all yours to enjoy in “America’s Finest City”.  

VALUE: $2,800 

DONATED BY: Andrew Liu 

RESTRICTIONS: Dates November 01, 2019 – November 08, 2019. Mandatory FeesMandatory Security deposit is 100.00 U.S. dollars. Only Credit Cards accepted. Hold deposit for incidentals, fee subject to change without notice. Resort FeesWI-FI fee is 4.95 U.S. dollars. Cash or Credit is accepted. Per day for two devices. 


Hot Pot for 10

• Himalayan Dinner for 10

InterIm Board Chair Andrew Liu will again be your host for one of his famous hot pot parties!  Due to popularity, dinner will be at their beautiful home with an amazing view of Seattle. Dinner includes Andrew’s special dipping sauce! A Chinese tradition for over 1,000 years, this hot pot party is sure to impress all of your foodie friends. You’ll gather around a steaming hot pot of savory brothand choose your own ingredients from a wide selection of thinly sliced meats, fresh vegetables, and noodles.  



DONATED BY: Andrew Liu 

RESTRICTIONS: Date to be mutually agreed upon 


Himalayan Dinner for 10

• Himalayan Dinner


Mustard seeds, turmeric, cumin, fenugreek seeds, nutmeg, saffron, cardamom… let these aromatic herbs transport you to a region far away.  InterIm’s Executive Director, Pradeepta Uphadhyay, will prepare for you and 9 guests a Himalayan feast that draws from the cuisines of Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan.  Her selections of appetizers, soups, dumplings, curries, and breads will satisfy your senses and warm your soul.  Two special celebrity guest joining you and your guests that evening will be Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos and Sophia Danenberg, the FIRST African American woman to summit Mt. Everest. Hear firsthand about her adventures with sherpas, blizzards, and hiking at high altitudes. 

VALUE: $1,000 

DONATED BY: Pradeepta Upadhyay

RESTRICTIONS: Date to be mutually agreed upon except for the month of August 


 Week stay at Kona Wyndham Hotel

•Week stay at Kona Wyndham Hotel

Your escape to a tropical paradise awaits you!  Fly on Hawaiian Airlines directly to the Big Island of Hawaii and enjoy one week at the charming Wyndham Kona Hawaiian ResortWhen you stay at Wyndham Kona Hawaiian Resort in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island's west coast, you will feel as if you are stepping back in time to a more simple, unspoiled era. Every detail has been designed to re-create the charming traditional Hawaiian island ambiance found back in the '30s, with all the modern amenities and activities you would expect in a tropical resort. Situated within walking distance from the beach in the charming Big Island town of Kailua-Kona, you will find yourself within easy reach of waterfalls, gorgeous lookouts, museums, golf courses, volcanoes, and a multitude of shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Learn all about the coffee making process at the Royal Kona Coffee Mill and Museum, or go whale watching and swim with the dolphins when you visit Waikoloa Village. 

 VALUE: $4,300 

Donated by: Hawaiian Airlines & Wilfred James




Meet Our Gala Performers: Massive Monkees Team

Massive Monkees is an award-winning breaking dance crew that formed when a group of adolescent b-boys joined forces in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood in 1999. Evolving from over 20 years of friendship, competing/performing/and teaching across the globe, the group now spends much of their time cultivating new generations of dancers, giving back to the same communities from which they camePerforming today at the gala will include students of Massive Monkees’ Extraordinary Futures youth program





The sound of a siren, the race of an ambulance down Jackson. A common enough sound and sight in the International District. For decades, Donnie Chin would be at the end of each emergency call, attending to a sick grandma or overdose victim. It did not matter who, but Donnie was usually the first to that call.

The khaki cladded figure with radios and other public safety paraphernalia strutting from call to call was a common sight in our community. If you worked in the ID for a couple of years, you might be exposed to his gruff exterior, an aloof smirk, a grumble of a few words. But once you got to know Donnie, you learned that he was much more than the community public safety officer, the emergency responder, the founder of the ID Emergency Center.

He was the “son” that would visit a sick grandma living in one of the neighborhood’s decrepit buildings making sure she had enough to eat. He was the “older brother” that would pluck kids running in the streets and give them purpose and a sense of direction. He was a friend that would walk you to your car, when the streets turned dark and unsafe. He was the eyes and ears, the running legs and helping hands, the heart of the International District.

Our hero.


Meet Our Gala Performers: Mata’ala Dance Team



ENTERTAINMENT• Mata'ala Dance Team

Mataala Dance Group, a non-profit community organization consisting of high school students within the Pierce County area. The instructor's team consist of community volunteers coming together to teach about the Polynesian culture through music, dance, and education. For the past three years, we continue to grow to reach out to students from various schools in the area. Providing a safe space where Pacific Islander students can feel comfortable in their own identities and educate non-Pacific Islanders on our authentic culture.


Meet Our Gala Host & Auctioneer: Harold S. Taniguchi & Ron Hippe

HOST • Harold S. Taniguchi

Harold S. Taniguchi: Harold supervised and managed various agencies in King County government. In 2002 he was appointed Director of the King County Department of Transportation. After over 35 years of public service, he retired in 2018. Harold is currently enjoying the transition to his next phase of life by doing what he can to improve the lives of others and exploring new opportunities.  He enjoys mentoring and coaching individuals in various stages of their professions, remains active in community affairs, and is pursuing his interests in voice acting and cabinetry.  He graduated from Pomona College and has a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Washington. 



Ron HippeFor over 25 years Ron Hippe has been a Seattle actor, musician, improviser, emcee, and auctioneer.  He has acted on Broadway in NYC, appeared on television shows, played with several bands including the popular kids band Caspar Babypants, voiced countless video games and commercials, and improvised across the globe with members of Who's Line is it Anyway? He is proud to call Seattle home with his wife and two sons. 


Meet Our Gala Keynote Speaker: Toshiko Grace Hasegawa


KEYNOTE SPEAKER • Toshiko Grace Hasegawa

Toshiko Grace Hasegawa: 
Toshikowas appointed by Governor Jay Inslee as Executive Director of the Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs in October 2018. Previously, she served as the Communications Manager and King County’s Office of Law Enforcement Oversight.  Toshiko worked to inform and engage the public to improve systems of police accountability at the Sheriff’s Office. Toshiko has worked legislative government at the federal, state, and county levels where she collaboratively helped pass policies related to immigration, labor trafficking, police accountability and criminal justice reform.   Toshiko is a 4th-generation Seattleite. She graduated from Seattle University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and Spanish. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree.Toshiko also served as President of Seattle Japanese American Citizens League.