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PNA’S Ed Medeiros retiring with ‘roast’

Ed Medeiros has been executive director of the Phinney Neighborhood Association since it was founded in 1981. Now that he’s retiring in January, his colleagues want to give him an appropriate sendoff – a good-natured “roast” with a Dr. Seuss theme.

My goodness how the time has flewn.

How did it get so late so soon?”

Director Ed’s time now has come

So gather ye Phinney ‘hood alum.

With dinner, jokes, and many a chum,

We’ll guarantee no one leaves glum.

(With apologies to Dr. Seuss)

 Tickets for the roast are $150 ($50 of that is for the dinner, drinks and goodbye gift for Ed; $100 is a tax-deductible donation to the PNA’s Capital Campaign, to name the PNA’s upstairs art gallery in Ed’s honor.)

We describe the admission price as “at least $150” because, quite frankly, we’re hoping some have the means to donate more. We’re using the roast to try to raise $50,000 for the Capital Campaign to dedicate the Phinney Center Gallery in Ed’s honor. In fact, we’ve already sold 20 event tickets at $1,000 each to donors who think that “Ed’s House of Velvet Paintings” has a nice ring to it.

You can reserve your spot at the roast online, by mail (6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103) or call the Phinney Center at 206-783-2244 (the PNA will be closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s, so the only option to reserve during that time is online or by mail.)

Here’s what the folks at the Phinney Center had to say about the PNA and Ed:

What would the neighborhood be like without the PNA and the Phinney Center? No beer tastes, no preschool, no farmers market, no meeting space, no tool library, no kids movement classes, no Winter Festival, no Garage Sale Day…. If you love this neighborhood and the connections you’ve made here, you owe a debt of gratitude to Ed, who developed, nurtured and sustained the PNA for the past 30 years. Show your gratitude by attending the roast or making a donation in his honor.

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