The 2024 Inspire Higher Dreams Gala & Auction, presented by bp, was held on April 26th at the Semiahmoo Resort. This elegant event opened with a champagne entrance and a red carpet moment, welcoming Whatcom County’s finest for an evening of philanthropy. Guests mingled while they browsed auction items and bid on a robust variety of silent auction items online. After enjoying a locally sourced surf & turf dinner, the live auction began. Seventeen enticing items such as vacations to luxurious locations, unique entertainment  experiences, and mouthwatering dining gave every guest an opportunity to get excited.

Committed Club advocate Patricia Ann provided a $25,000 matching gift for Sponsor a Child, encouraging guests to double the impact of their gift that evening. Thanks to the generosity of attendees, community sponsors, and everyone who bid high on an auction item, together we raised $300,000 for some of the most vulnerable youth in our community. Thank you for helping to inspire opportunity in Whatcom County.