Civic Cocktail

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About Civic Cocktail

Civic Cocktail - presented by Seattle Channel and Seattle CityClub - offers a night of networking, civic conversation, Tom Douglas appetizers and a no-host bar.

October Civic Cocktail

Wed., October 5 | Doors at 5:30 p.m., Program at 6 p.m.
Palace Ballroom | 2100 5th Ave

Registration opening soon

On Oct. 5, Civic Cocktail returns for a new season. The first program will feature proponents and opponents of fall ballot initiatives on transit, gun control and climate change. Join host Joni Balter and weigh in on the pros and cons of Sound Transit 3, a $54 billion measure to double light rail and add new regional bus and commuter rail service; Initiative 1491, a proposal to prevent people deemed dangerous to themselves or others from buying or keeping a gun; and Initiative 732, an effort to impose the nation’s first-ever carbon tax.

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Civic Cocktail: Politics & Philanthropy
Civic Cocktail: Politics & Philanthropy

Presidential politics and the power of philanthropy were the topics of discussion at the final Civic Cocktail of the season. Washington State GOP leaders Susan Hutchison (Chair, Washington State Republican Party) and Rob McKenna (Former state Attorney General) weighed in on the race to the White House. How will Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, and other candidates fare in our state? Then, in the midst of the region's growth and prosperity, there are great challenges. How can philanthropy address the widening disparities between the rich and the poor? Seattle Foundation CEO Tony Mestres talks about how to best channel our region's generosity. Host Joni Balter moderates the wide-ranging discussion. Civic Cocktail will return in October.