Let’s Make History in summer 2017 — join us for our Jazz Gala at IslandWood, July 30

Fort Ward Community Hall supporters –

We’re very excited to announce that Friends of Fort Ward and IslandWood are partnering on a summer campaign of historical education and fundraising to benefit our Fort Ward Community Hall project.  


On July 30, we invite you all to our Let’s Make History Jazz Gala, to enjoy live music, hors d’oeuvres and fun at IslandWood for an afternoon fundraiser, 3-6 p.m. at IslandWood.

The acclaimed Seattle jazz duo Sundae + Mr. Goessl will perform tunes from the Swing years and beyond, bringing their special style and humor to the Great American Songbook.

This is a top-notch act. Singer Kate “Sundae” Voss (accompanied by guitarist Jason Goessl) earned Earshot Jazz’s Golden Ear Award as 2016 Vocalist of the Year – you don’t want to miss this Bainbridge performance by one of the Northwest’s premier jazz combos!

Also at the gala, Friends of Fort Ward will present new photo displays from our historic fort, with rarely seen images recently drawn from the National Archives and other sources.

We’ll also have a brief presentation to honor campaign contributors and announce the bakery building renovation schedule.

Tickets for the Let’s Make History Jazz Gala at IslandWood are $50 per person, now available online at www.brownpapertickets.com.

This is a great opportunity to support the Fort Ward Community Hall campaign, enjoy some great music and fine food, and spend an afternoon at the beautiful IslandWood environmental learning center. Let’s fill IslandWood’s Great Hall for Sundae + Mr. Goessl!

AND THANK YOU TO ISLANDWOOD: Friends of Fort Ward would like to thank IslandWood for their generous support in making this gala fundraiser possible.

islandwood-logoAllyson Brown, IslandWood’s senior vice president of philanthropy, says: “Hosting Friends of Fort Ward at IslandWood provides us an exciting opportunity to support and nurture likeminded organizations in our community. We’re excited to welcome you on July 30!”

It’s a great partnership between two organizations committed to learning, education and preserving our island heritage.

As you all know, the Fort Ward Community Hall project will see restoration of the fort’s historic bakery building for use as a public park facility.

Capstone donors are sought to help bring the campaign to completion, with all contributions tax-deductible as allowed by law.

If you’ve not yet given to this grassroots capital campaign for historic preservation, now’s a great time. If you’ve given previously, thank you! – and we hope we can count on your continued support as construction draws near.

When the restoration is complete, the Fort Ward Community Hall will be managed by the Park District for classes, youth events and community gatherings, joining Seabold and Island Center halls and Camp Yeomalt in the constellation of local historic halls.

The project is led by Friends of Fort Ward, our all-volunteer nonprofit organization committed to historical preservation and education in the Fort Ward neighborhood.

For more information on the Living History Walk, the Let’s Make History Jazz Gala and the Fort Ward Community Hall project, email history@fortwardhall.org.

Please join us this summer, and Let’s Make History in Fort Ward in 2017!


Kate Voss and Jason Goessl, acclaimed vintage jazz duo “Sundae + Mr. Goessl” of Seattle