The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is the nation's largest Muslim civil rights organization. CAIR's mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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Become a Table Captain

Table Captains are the heart of our event attendance. Each Table Captain works to fill a table of 10, creating their own guest list and spending an inspirational evening surrounded with friends and family. As a “thank you” for helping to support the drive for American Muslims’ rights, Table Captains are listed in our event program books and verbally recognized by the MC at the event.

Being a Table Captain is easy! Here are the 6 easy steps to take from now until the event:

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  1. 1. Sign up now to be a Table Captain.

    Get 3 or more friends to buy tickets and attend the banquet (or just buy a full table of 10 yourself) and you can be a Table Captain! Anyone with a passion to support CAIR-WA can sign up now by emailing us today at info@cairseattle.org with your full name, e-mail, phone and number of people you aim to bring.


  2. 2. We will send you a Table Captain packet.

    Need help getting started as you plan your table? We’ll send you a template e-mail invitation, template text message, an Excel sheet to track your guests, event flyers and tickets if needed, and any help or ideas you might need!


  3. 3. Send emails, texts, and fb messages to your friends!

    Tell them to buy their tickets online at cairseattle.org/banquet or phone at 206.367.4081 and let you know when they’ve done it. Or have them buy paper tickets from you! Or if you buy a full table of 10, get confirmation from them that they’ll attend and note their information down on your Excel table guest list.


  4. 4. Make sure your friends register early.

    Make sure your friends buy discount tickets by the May 1, 2017 deadline. The deadline to buy discount tickets is May 1, 2017, but don’t wait or they’ll miss it!


  5. 5. Send CAIR-WA your final list of table guests.

    By May 1, 2017 or earlier, e-mail us at info@cairseattle.org your final list of table guests once you’ve confirmed they’ve all purchased their tickets. Yes, you can have more than one table in your name if you have more than 10 persons who’ve bought tickets and want to sit with you.


  6. 6. At the event, Sunday, May 7:

    When you and your guests check-in at the event, our volunteers will give them their table number. Each table also has the Table Captain’s name so your table(s) will also have your name. You will also be recognized as a Table Captain in the event program and by the MC on stage.

Duties

Table Captains serve a critical role in the success of the event. By pledging to sell a full table of 10 seats, table captains ensure that the event is one of the largest and most successful fundraisers in the area. CAIR-WA also strives to assemble a diverse group of table captains in order to fully represent all communities.

There is no financial commitment to become a table captain. CAIR-WA provides resources and assistance to maximize the number of Table Captains who successfully fill their table.

Organizing a Table

Filling your table begins with extending the invitation. Invite friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, or whoever else you feel may have an interest. The best invitation for your guests is a personal one. Invite them in person, by phone, text, or e-mail. Use the sample letter below and either customize it to better match your tone and style or send it as is. The most important thing is to extend the invitation.

Start early! Don’t wait until the deadline. People’s calendars fill up quickly. Getting on their schedules earlier will give you the highest likelihood of successfully filling your table. Even if they don’t buy the tickets right away, your potential guests will be aware of the banquet and of your desire to have them attend with you.

Why Guests Should Attend

Let them know that our speakers with be Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Seattle Mariners announcer Tom Hutyler, and that this year is a vital one for American Muslim children and families. Come learn about the progress we've made in defending the rights of local Muslims and in mobilizing a broad coalition of support. Join us in taking action now to build the bright future our families and children deserve.

Attending the banquet not only reinforces a strong sense of pride in our communities, but also provides critical financial support for the CAIR-WA to continue its mission. The event serves as the primary fundraiser for CAIR-WA. Almost all of CAIR-WA’s funding comes from local individuals.

Beyond making an impact on our future, the banquet is a fun and energizing evening. The people at your table, and throughout the event, will be great company. And they’ll walk away from the evening knowing that they’re building the bright future our families and children deserve.

How Your Guests Choose to Sit With You

Have your guests buy tickets online at www.cairseattle.org/banquet or via phone by calling our office at 206.367.4081 and mention your name as their Table Captain. Or have them buy paper tickets from you! Or you can buy a full table yourself at www.cairseattle.org/banquet and then send in your guest list by May 1, 2017 at the latest by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. A seat is only “reserved” by buying and paying for a ticket.

Sample e-mail to send to your friends

I would like to invite you to participate in something really important to me and important to our community; I have signed up to be a table captain for the CAIR-WA fundraising banquet and awards celebration on Sunday, May 7, 2017, at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA. If you’ve been to one of CAIR-WA’s banquets in the past, you know what a fun, inspiring, and empowering event it is, and I’m sure this year will also be great. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Seattle Mariners announcer Tom Hutyler will be two of the speakers this year. As a table captain, I have committed to filling at least 10 seats, and would love to have you join us.

As you know, CAIR-WA is a chapter of the country’s largest organization working to defend the rights of Muslims. You’ll find more information CAIR-WA’s newly re-designed web site www.cairseattle.org Almost all of CAIR-WA’s funding comes from local individuals (see: cairseattle.org/ourfinancials) and this event serves as the primary fundraiser for CAIR-WA.

Please join me. Tickets to the banquet usually sell out by the discount deadline of May 1, so please let me know as soon as possible if you’ll be able to join me. Tickets are available at a discount at $50 per person if you buy them before May 1 ($75 after May 1) and $20 per child for childcare if you buy them before May 1 ($30 per child after May 1). You can buy them through www.cairseattle.org/banquet or by calling the CAIR-WA office at 206.367.4081. Please make sure to mention me as your table captain during the check-out process online or on the phone so they can seat you on my table.

Together we can make a difference in the lives of our friends, families, and communities.

Best,

Have Questions?

Contact us via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone at 206.367.4081 with questions or to request additional information.

Purchase tickets!

Purchase your tickets now to the CAIR-WA 2017 Fundraising Banquet and Awards Celebration, to be held at 5pm on SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2017 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA,

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Date

SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2017

TIME

5PM – Reception with speakers
5:30PM – Dinner served
5:45PM-8:30PM – Program

LOCATION

Meydenbauer Center
11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue, WA 98004
Phone: 425.637.1020

Click here for online map

TICKETS

$50 per person if purchased by May 1, 2017. $75 per person if purchased after May 1, 2017 or at the door.

Table for ten:

$475 if purchased by May 1, 2017. $750 if purchased after May 1, 2017 or at the door.

Childcare for children under 12:

$20 per child if purchased by May 1, 2017. $30 per child if purchased after May 1, 2017 or at the door.