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2019 Kickball Kickoff – Katy Straalsund Memorial Foundation

Greetings from the Team at Katy Straalsund Memorial Foundation!

We are pleased to announce that we are already busily planning for our biggest fundraising event of the year.  We will be hosting the third annual “Let’s Kick Domestic Violence” Kickball Tournament at Horn Rapids Park in Richland Washington on August 23 and 24.   Based on your suggestions, this year we are tweaking a few things to make tournament and fundraiser even more fun and relevant. Our big feast and fundraiser portion of the event is being moved to the Thursday evening prior to the tournament.  This “Kickball Kickoff” will be hosted at White Bluffs on Thursday August 22 from 5 to 9 PM and will feature fabulous food, games, live music, and of course, White Bluffs Craft Beer. We are working on some great games and great prizes for you and a whole new chance auction format.  We are excited with the change as it will allow us to devote more time to inform you of what the foundation has accomplished thus far and where we are headed in the coming years. We hope to see you and your team there. Get to the Kick Off early and the first beer is on us!

The kickball tournament will be underway Friday evening and all day Saturday as in past years with a 16-team double elimination format.  We will also be having live music and keeping the beer garden open late on Friday and Saturday. At the tournament’s end, we will celebrate with pizza, beer, pop, and awards at the field.

We hope that you will be back again this year as sponsors, supporters, and volunteers.  We will be sending out this year’s initial flyers and poster within the month and encourage you to share with your friends, teammates, and associates.  As always we expect the event to fill up early so please don’t hesitate to send us a message and confirm your involvement this year. We would love to have you as a sponsor and volunteer.  As before our sponsorship levels are Gold $2500, Silver $1500, and Bronze $1000. Once again we will also be offering a single Platinum level at $4000 with Golf Cart valet, drink wristbands and a gourmet breakfast cooked by Team Katy.  Last year, this level went to Team Subaru. Who will it be this year?

Please confirm your involvement in this year’s event as soon as you can and get out there and start practicing!  This year Team Katy wants our Trophy back and we are getting serious!

Straalsund Memorial Foundation


A Certain Kind of Brilliance: A Femme Identity and Art Workshop


RSVP for the Tuesday, 1/29/19 (6:15-9:45 p.m.) workshop here by FRIDAY 1/25/19:  


A Certain Type of Brilliance is a performance series celebrating femmes’ ability to pull amazing things out of thin air, to create on a dime, to use our vulnerability and creativity as our greatest assets in resistance to oppression.  The next round of shows will be on stage at Gay City from Feb.7-17th. UW Students will be highlighted in the February 8th & 14th shows.  AND, the producers are still seeking 4 performers for those two shows, if you are interested in performing, please fill out the form at this link by Friday 1/18/19:   https://tinyurl.com/y7qrdrm7

Liz Cruz (show creator) and Ila Dola-Borg (performer) are bringing to the femmes of UW a critically theorized intersectional identity and art workshop, with the intention of connecting QTPOC & white femme students with this work. They will facilitate a 3.5-hour workshop for femme-identified (and femme-curious) students on Tuesday, January 29th from 6:15-9:45 p.m. (following Gender Discussion Group).  Students who attend this workshop will have the opportunity to explore their personal femme identities, experiences, and stories in community with one another through a variety of discussions and activities.  They will leave with a piece of art they’ve created based on their explorations during the session.

A Note on Femme Identity:  ‘Femme’ means a lot of different things to different people; this is part of the beauty of femme identity.  For many of us, femme is a queering of femininity, a politicized expression of gender, a space to transgress expectations.  For the purpose of this project, ‘femme’ includes anyone who identifies with the word, inclusive of all genders, bodies and expressions.  

So much information about the show: https://sites.google.com/view/certainbrilliance/

More about A Certain Type of Brilliance: https://sites.google.com/view/certainbrilliance/overview

Again, you can RSVP for the workshop here:https://goo.gl/forms/qGPwowp9LW3wC6OA3