Perfect Party

If We Could Throw a Party in Seattle Right Now, Here's Who We'd Invite

Entertaining some of our region’s most resilient pandemic figures—Ijeoma Oluo, We Got This Seattle founder Ellen Kuwana—will have to wait.

By Benjamin Cassidy July 30, 2020

They may not have been able to gather for a party, but the resolve of these individuals helped inspire a whole city.

Image: Jane Sherman

Raquel C. Bono

As the director of Washington’s Covid-19 Health System Response Management, this retired U.S. Navy vice admiral quietly coordinated a health care coalition that flattened our invisible enemy. Salute.



Ellen Kuwana

When the pandemic was at its most overwhelming, the We Got This Seattle founder delivered digestible assistance: Her nonprofit transported local grub to over 17,500 frontline workers.



Ayan Gupta

How’s this for a senioritis cure? Before graduation, this student at Tesla STEM High School in Redmond led a group effort to fashion more than 2,200 masks for local hospitals using 3D printers.



Ijeoma Oluo

As if her book So You Want to Talk About Race weren’t gift enough, the author launched a fund that raised more than half a million dollars for local artists who lost gigs and commissions during the pandemic.



Dr. Christine Zapata

The Emerald City Spinal Care chiropractor prepaid so many $100-plus tabs at Capitol Hill businesses during the shutdown that we’re tempted to book a vigorous neck cracking session by way of thanks.


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