Evia Unite: 4th Annual St. Jude's Songwriters Showcase

On April 27th, Evia was a part of one of its favorite evenings of the year, the 4th annual St. Jude Songwriters Showcase held at Block 41 in Seattle.  It was a night filled with live music, delicious food and drinks, great auction items, and most importantly, people coming together to raise money for a great cause, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. And raise money they did…bringing in $382,000 and crushing their goal of $300,000.

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Evia played a special role in this year's event with CEO Hilary Laney serving as the Event Chair. She was joined on the committee by Jennifer Nelson, an Event Project Manager at Evia, along with ten others from organizations across the Puget Sound area. "It was an honor to serve as the Event Chair for this wonderful event," said Laney. "Events like this are critical to St. Jude's mission - to ensure that no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.  It was a huge success - selling out two weeks early - and we are preparing for even more growth next year!"

 St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. This great organization freely shares the discoveries they make so that doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.

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The evening began with a silent auction, hors d'oeuvres, and music from the Pontunes, featuring Evia's co-founder Mark Monrean. Next, guests proceeded upstairs for dinner, a live auction and an evening filled with music.  Among the live auction items were trips to Turkey and Portugal, Jack's BBQ for 8, a catered yacht party for 40 people, and a private whiskey tasting and dinner for six at CANLIS.

The evening culminated in a performance from four very talented songwriters - Stephen Bishop, Galen Disston, Lee Thomas Miller and Wendy Waldman - who each performed famous songs they had written. Bishop sang one of his own hits, On and On, while Miller and Waldman performed some of their hits that were recorded by other artists. Miller performed a song he co-wrote with the Brothers Osborne, "It Ain't My Fault," while Waldman played some of her hits, including "Fishin in the Dark, which was recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.  Disston is a newer Seattle artist and lead singer of Pickwick, which has been called "one of America's best bands."

 One of the big highlights of the evening was a musical performance from Emily, a patient at St. Jude's, and her sister Callie. These two have been making music together for years, with Callie playing guitar and the two harmonizing beautifully on an original song that they wrote together. Emily, who completed treatment in December of 2016, is now a sophomore in college, and she and her sister brought the house down with their music.

 Hilary and the committee are already hard at work on next year's event, which they hope will continue to grow so that St. Jude's can help more and more children.