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Speight Celebration Concert and Dinner

Thank you for making the Speight Celebration Concert and Dinner an unforgettable night in Seattle Opera history.

Through your generosity, the Speight Celebration raised a record-breaking $1 million in net proceeds. In deepest appreciation our 2014/15 season will be dedicated to our beloved Speight Jenkins.

The entire evening honored Speight’s remarkable leadership and celebrated 50 years of operatic excellence at Seattle Opera.

The star-studded Speight Celebration Concert featured fifteen Seattle Opera favorites – including Kate Lindsey, Stephanie Blythe, and Greer Grimsley – all of whom donated their fees in Speight’s honor.

After the performance, dinner guests, including Senator Maria Cantwell; King County Executive Dow Constantine; and Marc Scorca, President of OPERA America, enjoyed an elegant reception and gourmet dinner catered by Kaspars with wine by
Novelty Hill | Januik.

Dinner took place in a tent constructed specially for the event on the Kreielsheimer Promenade with stunning décor designed by Richard Hartlage Land Morphology (Garden Architect at the Chihuly Garden and Glass) and flowers by Kendra Yaple.

We are especially grateful to our sponsors–alongside everyone who attended–for making this historic evening possible.



Speight Celebration Co-Chairs
Lyn and Jerry Grinstein and Laurel and John Nesholm

Angel Sponsors
Lyn and Jerry Grinstein 
Lenore M. Hanauer
Brian Marks and Carol Maione
Bruce and Jolene McCaw Family Foundation
Nesholm Family Foundation
Drs. William and Gail Weyerhaeuser
Ann P. Wyckoff


Official Airline of the Speight Celebration

Delta Air Lines


Gold Sponsor

Maryanne Tagney and David Jones


Silver Sponsor

Delta Air Lines
Bill and Sally Neukom
Jay and Susanne Wakefield


Corporate Partners

The Boeing Company
Microsoft

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