Saturday, April 20, 2024 – MOHAI

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On Saturday, April 1, 2023, the Compass community gathered to celebrate the creativity and resilience of the neighbors that Compass Housing Alliance walks alongside on their journey home. Guests enjoyed interactive art, performances, entertainment, dinner, cocktails, and dancing!

  • At over 100 years old, Compass is part of Seattle's history so it only made sense to hold our first Homeward gala steeped in Seattle history at MOHAI!
  • Wonderful guests taking in our Compass resident-made art gallery.
  • Speed painter Cody Sabol created one of two special pieces that were sold at auction.
  • Wonderful guests taking in our Compass resident-made art gallery.
  • Director of Housing Services Teena Ellison and a wonderful guest taking in our Compass resident-made art gallery.
  • Fantastic emcee Gee Scott pumping up the crowd.
  • Dynamic-duo emcee Gee Scott and auctioneer Kevin Joyce.
  • Speed painter Cody Sabol wowed the crowd - he painted this epic picture of Jimi Hendrix upside down in under 10 minutes! With his fingers!
  • Special thanks to Coeur Cause Wines for the delicious premium dinner wine!
  • A highlight of the evening for many, The Jewel Tones sung Motown classics to the crowd.
  • Wonderful guests taking in our Compass resident-made art gallery.
  • Special thanks to Coeur Cause Wines - the only charitable woman-owned winery in Washington state.
  • Lovely gala guests enjoying a delicious dinner provided by Foodz Catering.
  • Armando Mejia of The Boeing Company received our first-ever Outstanding Community Partner award!
  • Many thanks to Compass Board Chair Jon Perrino for presenting Armando with this honor.
  • Outstanding Community Partner award recipient Armando Mejia with his fantastic group of supporters and colleagues.
  • Executive Director Mary Steele - "Send them to Compass, they'll get what they need".
  • We love a bidding war!
  • MOHAI was a beautiful setting for our Homeward Gala.
  • The excitement was papabile!
  • LOVE - one of Compass's core values.
  • DJ C-WAH spinning on the ones and twos.
  • Many thanks to our King County Health Through Housing partners Mario Williams-Sweet and Frances Nelson (pictured middle and right).
  • Thanks to City of Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus and Auburn Food Bank Executive Director Debbie Christian (pictured middle and right) for bringing us some love from Auburn where our new program Don's Place resides.

See the full photo gallery here.

Special thanks to our event support team: Tolo Events, Foodz Catering, MOHAI, PNTA, speed painter Cody Sabol, performers The Jewel Tones, emcee Gee Scott, auctioneer extraordinaire Kevin Joyce, Barbie Hull Photography, 321FOTO, and DJ C-WAH.

Gifts made at Homeward Gala provide life-altering services to our neighbors in need and support Compass’s continued work to develop more services and housing in our community.

When Jackie was diagnosed with late-stage kidney disease, she and her family lost their housing. Eli, a Navy Veteran, was able to find a home at Compass Housing Alliance’s Renton Veterans Center and they were one of the first families to move in over ten years ago.

If you have any questions or feedback about the event, please reach out to us at

Thank you to our 2023 sponsors!

Thank you to the following corporate partners for their commitments to support Compass Housing Alliance’s inaugural Homeward Gala 2023!   

Advocate Level Sponsors

Steward Level Sponsors

Dinner Wine Sponsor

Community Level Sponsors

Circle Twice Consulting

Complete Office

Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants

Molina Healthcare

PSR Mechanical

SMR Architects

Trotter & Morton

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