What is the best way to get hundreds of the young, smart and beautiful people of Seattle to pay more attention to a deadly bacterial illness that kills millions of people around the world?
That’s right. Party with a Purpose.
I can reveal at this point that it will be June 17, McCaw Hall and likely big. (The official unveiling, also when the tickets go on sale, is April 11)
Last year, when this event was first launched, it was all about raising money to help fight a deadly form of diarrhea. As I wrote then, only in global-health-fevered Seattle would young people be able to hold a spectacularly successful party with the theme being diarrhea.
This year, Party with a Purpose is targeting tuberculosis in partnership with a local research organization working on TB, the Infectious Disease Research Institute.
Thursday evening at the South Lake Union Discovery Center, organizers, sponsors and other supporters of the event gathered for a little pre-party gathering to get ready for the big shindig. One of the prime movers of Party with a Purpose, Kristen Eddings, with the Washington Global Health Alliance, spoke briefly.
“Seattle is the city that heals,” said Eddings. The goal for this year is to double attendance (to 1,000 people) aimed at building community and getting more people informed and engaged when it comes to global health matters.
Last year’s Party with a Purpose, Eddings said, raised $13,000 to help get oral rehydration kits out to many poor communities in Kenya. This year, she said, the goal is help fund research and get rapid TB tests out to needy communities.
So stay tuned for the big announcement Monday. I bet they sell out again.
Sponsors of this year’s TB bash so far include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Glassybaby, Sightlife, Vulcan, Swedish Hospital & Medical Center, Berk & Associates and eBioscience.