Vince Lombardi Trophy. (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Horn)
When the Office of Secretary of State hosts a 30th birthday event for the Washington State Combined Fund Drive Thursday at the State Capitol in Olympia, a special “guest” will appear – the Vince Lombardi Trophy, courtesy of the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks.
The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s executive office, located on the second floor of the Legislative Building. There is a $10 entry fee. Guests can enjoy dinner, drinks, entertainment and a live auction, as well as view the Lombardi Trophy and have their photo taken with it. Among the live auction items is a pair of tickets for the Seahawks’ home opening game against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 4. And one of the door prizes is a pair of tickets for the Seahawks’ final game of the regular season, against the St. Louis Rams on Dec. 28.
“We’re excited to celebrate 30 great years for the Combined Fund Drive, and we’re grateful that the Seahawks are bringing the Lombardi Trophy to this event,” Wyman said. “The CFD is a tremendous program because it allows donors to give to their favorite charities quickly and easily. I’m glad we can bring so many people here this week to celebrate the CFD and thank the many donors who make it such a success.”
At least 400 people are expected to attend the birthday bash for the CFD, the state’s workplace giving program for public and retired public employees. Each year, more than 15,000 active and retired public employees pledged more than $5 million to over 3,800 local, national and global charities. Washington ranks fourth nationally among state employee giving programs.
“This is an amazing feat considering that our state is 12th in overall population,” Wyman said.
Since its creation in 1984, the CFD has raised more than $115 million for charities.