Apr 07, 2024
Benaroya Hall

Benaroya Hall, Seattle, Washington

▲ From Left to right: Judges presenting awards to student winners of the Solo String Festival, Malak Ali presenting a speech to the audience, Avi Spillers speaking to Mark Wright during a Q&A, and Madison Cole (3rd place winner of the Jessie Montgomery Competitive Division) performing.

Spring Salon Fundraiser 

April 7, 2024 

Illsley Ball Nordstrom Benaroya Hall

2:00 PM Reception

3:00- 4:00 PM Awards Ceremony

Take advantage of our early bird offer!

Register before March 14 to save 20%.

Become a“Key Changemaker” by bringing your “team” of friends and family to the event. Learn more here.

Our Fundraising Goal: $200,000! 

Unable to attend the Spring Salon Fundraiser? Give a donation now!

Key to Change invites the public to its 7th annual Spring Salon Fundraiser . The Spring Salon Fundraiser is an awards ceremony that features music performances from students who participated in the Key to Change Solo String Festival.  Additionally, Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange, chancellor at the University of Washington-Tacoma, will be recognized with the Community Achievement Award for her ongoing support for underserved students living in South King County. 

The Spring Salon Fundraiser raises funds for underserved middle and high school students, who study the violin or viola in our program. Students who have participated in our program have performed for Dr. Jill Biden, the First Lady of the United States, made their professional debuts with the Seattle Symphony, engaged in various youth-led activities, and are young poised leaders making a difference in their respective communities. 

Community Award Recipient

Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange

Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange was appointed to serve as Chancellor of the University of Washington Tacoma in September 2021. As the chief executive officer of the campus she provides leadership on all campus matters. She has a wide range of experience in higher education administration and has been a leading advocate for diversity and inclusion throughout her career. Prior to her position at UW Tacoma, Dr. Lange served as President of Seattle Central College (SCC). Under her leadership, Seattle Central strengthened relationships with community partners to create new academic programs, broadened equity and inclusion initiatives and enhanced student support services to better promote student success. She played a key leadership role in the establishment of the Seattle Promise partnership with the City of Seattle to provide two years of free tuition to graduates of Seattle Public Schools. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Washington State Association of College Trustees’ 2020 CEO of the Year, Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2021 Director of the Year and 2011 Woman of Influence, and the 2013 UW College of Education Distinguished Alumni Award. She most recently received the “Best Educator Award for 2023” by the Seattle Magazine. Dr. Lange was born in the small town of Pachuta, Miss., and, as a first-generation college student, received a bachelor’s degree in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine. She earned a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington in Seattle.

David Simms Cooks

Chef David Simms

Owner, Eatible Delights

Chef Simms has wowed our guests for the past three years at our annual Spring Salon Fundraisers. He returns for the third consecutive year to cater our fundraiser this year and we're confident you will love the food! Chef Simms is the Chef and Owner of Eatible Delights Catering, based in Philadelphia. Eatible Delights was formed in 1996 during the same year Chef Simms was selected to participate in the All-Star game where he worked with Aretha Franklin. Eatible Delights caters over 250 events each year. His client list includes government officials and world-famous musicians, such as Jill Scott, Elton John, and Patti LaBelle. The Solo String Festival and Spring Salon Fundraiser was funded by the Seattle Symphony Community Stages Fund, supported by the Tagney Jones Family Fund, 4Culture, Douglas Smith and Stephanie Ellis-Smith, the Nesholm Foundation, City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, and the Renton Municipal Arts Commission.

Become a “Key Changemaker” Team Captain

Key Changemaker Team Captains lead our mission’s success!  Each Key Changemaker is an ambassador that connects Key to Change with their networks and brings their friends and family– their “team”–to the Spring Salon. Create your own guest list and enjoy an inspirational afternoon with friends, family, and your community. 

Key to Change will publicly acknowledge all of our Key Changemakers at our Spring Salon Fundraiser and acknowledge them on our website and printed program.  


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