Philanthropy: Disco for Dollars
In July, more than 500 twenty- and thirtysomethings, along with keynote speaker Melinda Gates, gathered at McCaw Hall to party and raise money and awareness for global health. The bash was sponsored by Agency (formerly Party with a Purpose), an initiative of the Washington Global Health Alliance, and cofounded by 27-year-olds Kristen Eddings and Lacey Price. The annual event raises money through $47 ticket sales and donations amid a festive setting featuring everything from art installations and disco parties to educational exhibits and guest speakers. Past events focused on rotavirus treatments in Kenya and tuberculosis vaccine research in Haiti. Agency has earned praise as a model for engaging young adults and was recognized at the 2011 World Economic Forum. This year, the proceeds went to Mobile Moms to provide mobile phones and access to information about prenatal care to pregnant women in Timor-Leste—a Southeast Asian country with high maternal mortality rates. “The mantle has passed to us to continue the legacy of building Seattle as a center for global health,” says Eddings.