SLEE! 2024 Picnic Captains


Intro | Instructions | FAQs | What does your donation support? | Sample Email Invitation


Four images depicting attendees at SLEE 2019, a box of vegetables, a Nikky Mclure art piece, and the SLEE banner hung on a blue stage curtain

Thank you for considering joining us as a Table Captain at CAGJ’s 18th annual SLEE! Picnic on August 17th, 2024.

Table Captains traditionally fill a table for 10, but this year you will gather at a picnic table or blanket! Picnic Captains purchase their guests’ tickets in advance, providing CAGJ with important seed funds for our organizing. Captains may also give their guests the option of purchasing their tickets individually. As a Picnic Captain for SLEE!, you are an important part of our work to build the local movement for food justice and food sovereignty! Picnic Captains are recognized in the program and on CAGJ’s website. Please feel free to contact [email protected] if you have any questions or would like further information.

Download a PDF of the Table Captain Packet.

Instructions

STEP ONE: Think of friends, family, and colleagues who believe in food and climate justice, multi-racial movement-building, international solidarity and transnational organizing, and Fair Trade – and who might want to learn more about CAGJ and enjoy a delicious, locally sourced meal. Tables are for 10 people.

STEP TWO: Invite your guests!

  • We’ve provided a sample email invitation at the end of this page
  • Ticketing link (if you’re not paying up front for your table): cagj.org/slee-2024/
  • Facebook event: coming soon!
  • Remember that many people take a bit of follow-up; if you haven’t heard from a guest within a week or two, give them a call or send a note to personally invite them to join you at your table.

STEP THREE: Let us know how you will pay for your table.

  • Option 1: Pay $400 – $2,000 up front to CAGJ (individual tickets are $40-$200). Table Captains provide essential seed money so CAGJ can cover the costs of organizing the gala. Please remember that the SLEE! Gala raises a significant portion of our annual budget each year. When considering the sliding scale, we ask you to please give graciously and accept our utmost thanks! Some Table Captains choose to be reimbursed by their guests, others don’t – that’s up to you. Please mail your check (so we don’t get charged a 3% credit card processing fee!), made out to CAGJ, to 1322 S. Bayview St., Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98144.
  • Option 2: Pay $40 – $200 for your own ticket and ask your guests to purchase their tickets individually. NOTE: If guests are purchasing their own tickets, please inform them to indicate that you are their Table Captain during the online ordering process. If they are sending a check to CAGJ, please note our address: 1322 S. Bayview St., Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98144.

STEP FOUR: Send your completed guest list, including names and email addresses, to slee(at)cagj.org by SUN August 3, 2024. We promise we will not share guests’ email addresses; we want to be able to send a reminder to all guests before the event with important details.

FAQs:

What happens if I can’t get enough people to come?

If you are unable to fill your table, we will open your table to other single ticket holders.

What will my guests get to do at SLEE?

  • Enjoy a delicious, locally sourced dinner, donated by our valued regional farmers and fishers.
  • Meet and engage with fellow activists, organizations, farmers, and food workers who are passionate about food justice, fair trade, and supporting local economies everywhere!
  • Bid on silent auction items donated by local businesses and community members.
  • Make a contribution to the dessert auction – handmade, locally produced desserts – and share your delicious winnings with your tablemates.

How will I be acknowledged?

We want you to know how much we appreciate you! As a Picnic Captain, you will be recognized in the event program and from the podium at the event. Additionally, if you are able to give at the $2,000 level and pay for your entire table beforehand, we will give you a quarter page ad in our event program.

WHAT DOES YOUR DONATION SUPPORT?

CAGJ depends on SLEE to raise essential funds for our local and transnational organizing for food justice and food sovereignty. What YOUR support enabled in 2024:

Food Sovereignty community education:

  • Embracing LOVE in the Food System is an eight week intensive designed to reimagine the food system through the lens of food sovereignty. It’s going strong this Spring, with a cohort of a dozen people ages 14-80 in Olympia. We will bring the program to Seattle this Fall!
  • Our new Food for Thought Book Club, where we analyze corporate control of the food system and develop ideas for how to build grassroots movements in resistance.

Movement building:

  • Through AGRA Watch, we are contributing to research and organizing against digital agriculture and the overreach of the Gates Foundation and AGRA in Africa, where they are strong-arming governments into writing new seed policies that undermine peasant farmers.
  • As a member of US Food Sovereignty Alliance, CAGJ participates in awarding the Food Sovereignty Prize, to counter the corporate-driven World Food Prize, (founded by the “father” of the Green Revolution, Norman Borlaug).
  • To keep the spirit of the 1999 WTO protests alive and to inspire another generation of activists, CAGJ will host a storytelling event to mark the 25th anniversary of the Battle in Seattle on N30 (Nov 30, 2024).

SAMPLE EMAIL INVITATIONS

NOTE: If you paid up front, you can delete the paragraph about tickets and paste the rest of the invitation below. Personalize as you wish!

IF YOU PURCHASED THE TABLE:

Dear friend,

I am writing with an invitation: Can you join my table at the 18th Annual SLEE! Dinner celebrating Community Alliance for Global Justice on Saturday, August 17th?

The Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere (SLEE!) Dinner is an annual community event and fundraiser benefiting Community Alliance for Global Justice (CAGJ). This dinner is a great chance to meet fellow activists, organizations, farmers, and food workers who are passionate about food justice, Fair Trade, and supporting local economies! It also features a silent auction full of fabulous offerings from favorite local businesses.

This year, SLEE will be held as a picnic!

Community Alliance for Global Justice’s 18th Annual SLEE! Dinner
Saturday, August 17th, 2024
5:00 – 8:00PM
Meridian Park, 4920 Meridian Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Please let me know if you will be able to join me on August 17th!

IF YOUR GUESTS WILL PURCHASE THEIR OWN TICKETS:

Dear friend,

I am writing with an invitation: Can you join my table at the 18th Annual SLEE! Gala celebrating Community Alliance for Global Justice on Saturday, October 14th? Tickets are offered on a $40 – $200 sliding scale.

The Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere (SLEE!) Gala is an annual community event and fundraiser benefiting Community Alliance for Global Justice (CAGJ). This dinner is a great chance to meet fellow activists, organizations, farmers, and food workers who are passionate about food justice, Fair Trade, and supporting local economies! It also features a silent auction full of fabulous offerings from favorite local businesses.

Community Alliance for Global Justice’s 18th Annual SLEE! Dinner
Saturday, August 17th, 2024
5:00 – 8:00PM
Meridian Park, 4920 Meridian Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

This year, SLEE will be held as a picnic!

Please let me know if you will be able to join me on August 17th!

Tickets

Tickets are offered on a $40 – $200 sliding scale. Please purchase your tickets, and make sure to include my name as your Table Captain when prompted. You are also invited to donate an additional ticket to make it possible for a farmers and farmworkers to join us at the gala as honored guests!


Please check back here for the most up-to-date information about being a Table Captain for SLEE.

THANK YOU for all your hard work and commitment! Being a Table Captain is a powerful opportunity to bring your communities into the movement for food sovereignty and one of the most important ways we build our base throughout the year. We are so grateful for your support!

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