SETH wAYNE - Emcee

Laura Michalek - Auctioneer

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Fundraising Auctioneer Laura Michalek still relies on the endurance and discipline she possessed when at the age of 15, she was the first female winner of the Chicago Marathon. While Ms. Michalek has hardly missed a day of running since then, it’s this intention to excel at what she loves that is most evident.

“To me Auctioneering is about giving a lot of yourself, before and during the event, in a way that most folks wouldn’t expect.” Her style, fundraising insight, and commitment to her clients, and their mission, not only sets her apart, but has created a career beyond Ms. Michalek’s wildest dreams. “I’ve always been deeply interested in how non-profits I care about are going to sustain themselves, so it is nothing less than a thrill to know I can personally and professionally be part of that.”

As the youngest winner in the history of the Chicago Marathon, it has not been lost on Ms. Michalek that this experience informed her whole life. “When I start Auctioneering, it’s like being in the starting block all over again, and I still set out to win, however this time it’s for the organization I’m representing.”


Seth Wayne is the weekday morning weather anchor for KOMO News. He’s lived in the Northwest for close to 20 years, and understands how tricky the weather can be around here.

After growing up in South Florida and attending college in Michigan; Seth started his career in Fairbanks, Alaska and has forecasted the weather in Kansas, Arizona and Oregon before making the move to Seattle.

When Seth’s not on the news, he’s probably on a cruise ship somewhere in the world. He’s been on more than 60 cruises — and is always looking forward to the next. He also hosts “Adventures Await”, a travel show on KOMO 1000AM, 97.7FM. 

Seth is thrilled to be a part of the events this evening.




A SENSIBLE THEATRE CO. - Entertainment Partner

Founded in 2016 by Jared Michael Brown & Paul Flanagan, A Sensible Theatre Co. is leading the charge in high-quality, queer entertainment focused on furthering the LGBTQIA+ conversation of diversity and inclusion through the arts. We’re so honored to partner with The GSBA on EQUALUX and continue to introduce our unique brand of entertainment to Seattle’s incredible Queer community. Join us for The Queer Cabaret - once a month, every month - where we feature local, organic, fully sustainable Queer AF talent on stage.




Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, he’s been fortunate enough to travel the world curating unique events and experiences. He currently resides in New York City, but loves that sensible bi-coastal life: while based in Seattle for nearly a decade, he worked with some of the most creative and generous artists at The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, ACT, Showtunes Theatre Company, ForwardFlux, Intiman, Contemporary Classics, and The Endangered Species Project. He wishes to thank his family, friends, this insanely talented team, and Ryan.

PAUL FLANAGAN - Choreographer

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Paul is thrilled to be choreographing on this amazingly talented group of individuals! You may have seen his work both as an actor and a choreographer on the 5th Avenue stage, public works program at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, village theatre, act theatre, and Seattle children’s theatre!



Ryan Dunn - Lighting Designer

Ryan Dunn is a Seattle-based lighting and scenic designer for theater, dance, and events whose work has been seen recently at Book-it Repertory, Intiman, On the Boards, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Washington Ensemble Theater, Village Theatre, and ArtsWest, among others. Ryan is a graduate of University of Washington, the Resident Designer for The Horse in Motion, a company member of Washington Ensemble Theatre, and an affiliate artist with Umbrella Project.