Our Town Gala raises $75,000 for Spokane Lilac Festival | Community Spirit
For the second year, Mayor David Condon has held Our Town Gala to raise money to support Spokane area charities. This year, Mayor Condon raised $75,000 for the Spokane Lilac Festival's 75th anniversary.
Many veterans and leaders in the Spokane community came out for the gala on Friday, Feb. 15. The event was sold out with 500 people in attendance.
“My wife Kristin and I selected the Spokane Lilac Festival as this year’s beneficiary because of their commitment to veterans, youth, and our community,” Mayor Condon said. “Few organizations are as zealous in their advocacy for the Spokane community as the Spokane Lilac Festival. I am proud to partner my friends at the Lilac Festival in celebrating their diamond anniversary and honoring those who make our community as strong and vibrant as it is.”
In addition to Mayor Condon, speakers at the event included this year’s Spokane Lilac Festival Queen Brett Rountree and Colonel Brian Newberry, the Commander of Fairchild Air Force Base. Lilac Queen Brett Rountree named Mayor Condon an honorary director of the Spokane Lilac Festival and presented him with one of the Festival’s notorious purple coats.
"The Our Town Gala was an enormous success,” said Spokane Lilac Festival President Christine Leva. “The Spokane Lilac Festival is very grateful for Mayor Condon's support and hard work. This $75,000 will go a long way to honor our military, support our youth through scholarships, and help us represent Spokane around the nation in support of the Spokane Sister Cities."
Last year, the gala raised $20,000 to support the Chase Youth Commission. The Our Town Gala is an annual event.