Tateuchi Center

Annual Act Two Guild Event — A Royal Affair — Benefits Tateuchi Center

BELLEVUE, WA (May 3, 2011) — Last Friday's popular Silhouettes of Style — A Royal Affair luncheon and fashion show raised $40,000 to benefit the Tateuchi Center Campaign. The women of the Act Two Guild presented their annual spring event to raise funds and community awareness to support the highly anticipated world-class performing arts center to be located in downtown Bellevue.

The April 29th event drew nearly 300 people to The Westin Bellevue for a dynamic spring runway fashion show presented by The Bellevue Collection. The show featured the hottest new styles of the season, including a segment titled Proper Lady in honor of the royal wedding of Prince William and Ms. Kate Middleton, which took place the same day. Other fashion themes seen on the runway were The Minimalist, Print Renegade, White Out, 70s Homage, Bright Delight, Nautical Nuances, Sahara, and Special Occasion.

Participating apparel merchants for the 2011 show included: 7 For All Mankind, Ann Taylor, Arden B., Aritzia, Banana Republic, Caché, Eileen Fisher, Gap, HUGO BOSS, Lacoste, Lucky Brand, Louie Permelia, Macy's, ROAD Apparel, Trillium Custom Tailoring and Design, Vince, White House Black Market, and Zebra Club. Footwear was provided by Banana Republic, Report Footwear, DOMINO, Zebra Club, and Aerosoles and the fabulous accessories were from DOMINO, Vera Bradley, and Montblanc. Hair and make-up were provided by Seven the Salon and Sephora.

"We are thrilled at the participation from such an impressive and varied group of fashion stores in this year's runway show," said Jennifer Leavitt, vice president of marketing for The Bellevue Collection. "The line-up resulted in a sensational show that was very well-received by the audience."

Several new fashionable twists were added to the Guild event, beginning with 425 Magazine's sponsorship of a "Win the 425 Royal Treatment" contest. This prize package included seating for two at the event and opportunities for the winner and a guest to be pampered in style. Lucky Brand of Bellevue Square contributed a VIP experience for a Royal Affair attendee to meet Tim Gunn of Project Runway and Montblanc generously donated a Profile Lady watch for one lucky winner.

The fundraising focal point of the event was the Getting to Groundbreaking Fund–A-Need, which raised $40,000 to benefit the Tateuchi Center Campaign. "Tateuchi Center is going to be an incredible venue for arts, entertainment, and education," says Michele Phillips-Baransky, event chair and Act Two Guild vice president. "When I think about building this Center, I think about how wonderful it will be to see my four-year old daughter dancing on stage with other young ballerinas. I'm so thankful to everyone who contributed to this effort to get Tateuchi Center into the ground."

"Tateuchi Center is lucky to have such a committed group of volunteers in the Act Two Guild," says Christina Greene, development associate for guilds and special events. "We were all pleased to have Molly Shen of KOMO 4 News emcee the event this year, and so thankful to all of our sponsors, including Bob's Heating and Air Conditioning and Aegis Living of Bellevue. Guild members are dedicated to creating a memorable experience for their guests — I think they have exceeded their own expectations."

Officers of the Act Two Guild, in addition to Phillips-Baransky, of Kirkland, are: Kim Hardwick, president, of Woodinville; Carol Loya, treasurer, of Kirkland; and Lizabeth Morrow-Nold, secretary, of Woodinville.

About The Act Two Guild

Tateuchi Center Guilds promote the mission of the Center through their outreach activities and fundraising events to build strong relationships in the communities served. Composed of 28 women, the Act Two Guild is brought together by the belief that the arts play an important role in developing healthy, vibrant communities. The Guild members work not only for themselves, but for all Eastside families who will share in the many benefits of having a world-class performing arts center for decades to come. For more information, visit the Act Two Guild website www.acttwoguild.org.

About Tateuchi Center

Tateuchi Center (www.tateuchicenter.org) is poised to become one of the premier performing arts venues in the Pacific Northwest and the first of its kind in the burgeoning area across Lake Washington from Seattle. Featuring a 2,000-seat concert hall and a 250-seat cabaret, the Center will present artistic, cultural, educational, and entertainment experiences of the highest quality—great performances that reflect the diverse interests and honor the cultures and customs of its neighbors. It will expand arts education opportunities, provide a performance home for select regional arts organizations, promote the interests of working artists, engage and develop new audiences, encourage participation in the arts, contribute to the economic vitality of the region, and serve as a cultural center for Eastside residents. Tateuchi Center will be located in downtown Bellevue on the corner of NE 10th Street and 106th Avenue NE. The Tateuchi Center Campaign, comprising a $150 million capital goal and a $10 million endowment goal, has raised $60 million to date.

Tateuchi Center has opened a preview center to share the architecture, programming, and progress of the Tateuchi Center project. Located inside the Wintergarden atrium at Bellevue Place, the preview center features full-wall artist renderings of the concert hall and cabaret, samples of interior finishes, and lighted architectural models. The preview center is open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and Wednesday evenings from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Tateuchi Center was named in celebration of a $25 million gift from the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation. Performing Arts Center Eastside (PACE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and the parent organization of Tateuchi Center.