United More Than Ever: Fundraiser & Luncheon

Save the date for fundraiser


UNITED MORE THAN EVER: A United Way of Snohomish County Fundraiser & Luncheon


DATE: Thursday, June 8, 2023

TIME: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Hotel Indigo at the Everett Waterfront


We cordially invite you to join us as we host our first in-person fundraiser since pre-COVID! Your support of this event helps us to continue to remove the barriers facing children within our own community, while also making connections with others in the community who are committed to giving back!

Nancy Pearl, librarian, best-selling author, literary critic & former Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Book at Seattle Public Library joins us as our Keynote Speaker.

Holly Menino, AM Anchor for KOMO News 4 will join us as our emcee for the event. 

Included in your ticket purchase is a sit-down lunch. 


$25/individual or $225 for a table (which includes 10 tickets)


Want to sponsor the event? Click HERE for full sponsorship information or email elizabeth.gromko@uwsc.org. If you would like to be contacted about sponsorship opportunities for this event, please click the "become a sponsor" button below. 


Can't make it? Please consider making a donation in support of United Way! 


Nancy Pearl HeadshotBoth personally and professionally, Nancy Pearl’s life has been shaped by her love of books and reading. Inspired by her childhood librarians, she went on to become a librarian herself, receiving her MLS from the University of Michigan in 1967 and working in the public library systems in Detroit, Tulsa, and Seattle. She retired as the Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library and went on to write the “Book Lust” series, four titles filled with recommendations of good books to read.

In 2021 the National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, named her the recipient of its 2021 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community. Among her other awards and honors are being named the 50th recipient of the Woman’s National Book Association Award in 2004; receiving the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award from Library Journal and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. She is the creator of the internationally recognized community reads program, which began in 1998 as “If All Seattle Read the Same Book” and was the inspiration for the Archie McPhee "Librarian Action Figure

She speaks about the pleasures of reading to literacy organizations, libraries, and community groups throughout the world and comments on books regularly on KWGS, Tulsa, Oklahoma Public Radio. On “Book Lust with Nancy Pearl,” her monthly tv show on the Seattle Channel, she’s interviewed authors such as Terry Pratchett, Paul Yoon, and Sujata Massey.    

Her first novel, George & Lizzie, was published by Touchstone Books in 2017. The Writer’s Library: The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives, a collection of author interviews, co-authored with Jeff Schwager, was published by HarperOne in 2020.



All proceeds from this event help support our partner agencies, CORE Collaboratives and ongoing program support in Snohomish County.