Date: Friday, March 16, 2018
Time: 7:30 to 9:00 am, Early bird coffee served at 7:00 am
Location: Sheraton Seattle Downtown, Metropolitan Ballroom
At last year’s event, one generous family, and recipient of the 2017 Synergy Award, challenged the room to double the number of guests in 2018 from 300 attendees to 600 attendees. If we achieve this milestone, the family will donate $200,000 directly to Row to the Future. The success of this challenge will be determined by the total number of RSVPs.
We are proud to host Anita DeFrantz, member of the International Olympic Committee Executive Board and Olympian, as the breakfast keynote. Anita DeFrantz is a member of the International Olympic Committee and the IOC Executive Board. She serves on the Juridical Commission of the IOC, which is made up of lawyers, and on the Finance Commission, which reviews the investments and spending plans. Before she joined the ranks of the IOC, DeFrantz captained the U.S. women’s rowing team and rowed in the eight that won a bronze medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games.
DeFrantz served as Vice President of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee and was elected to IOC membership in 1986, making her not only the first African-American but also the first American woman to serve on the committee.In 1987, DeFrantz began her 28-year role stewarding the legacy of 1984 LA Games as president of the LA84 Foundation, which received 40% of the 1984 proceeds. Over the past 30 years, the LA84 Foundation has invested more than $225 million to support more than 2,000 youth sports organizations, and it continues to provide Los Angeles youth with recreation and sports opportunities.
For those of you who have attend the breakfast in the past, your support has enabled the Pocock Foundation to invest more than $1 million dollars in program development and support services so more kids can row. To our new friends who will be joining us at the breakfast for the first time in 2018, welcome. 2018 marks the 10th Annual Benefit Breakfast – a terrific milestone! This year’s Breakfast has a few especially noteworthy and new aspects we believe are worth buzzing about. Learn more about what’s ahead in 2018 in our latest blog.