Brown Bear


Cykel Turist



Sponsors: Ericsson,
Swedish Medical Center,
Brown Bear Car Wash,
Ballard Oil, Cykel Turist,
Mountain Pacific Bank
2017 Auction
Back to Our Roots
The Swedish Club’s annual auction—our major fundraising event of the year—takes place Saturday, May 13. We invite every member to participate in any of the following ways—or all three:
  • Volunteer
  • Donate an item
  • Attend the auction
Seats are $95, or $475 for a table of six. For more information, call the Club at 206-283-1090 or e-mail

Individual Reservation
Table of 6

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Our honorary auction chair is Bengt Hag, and our theme is “Back to Our Roots." Nobody's more in touch with Swedish roots than Bengt, and the entire auction will serve as a reminder of how great it is to be rooted in Sweden and Swedish culture.

6 p.m. Silent Auction
Complimentary Sparkling Wine

7:30 p.m. Dinner and Live Auction
Chefs Ann-Margret and Malin
  • Crisp green salad with apples, walnuts and blue cheese
  • Seafood with creamy mushroom and dill sauce, served with rice and vegetables
  • Tasty tarragon marinated pork tenderloin, served with small potatoes, creamy tarragon sauce and vegetables
  • Bubbly baked ziti pasta and three cheeses
  • Intensely chocolate, lighter-than-air roll with fresh berries and whipped cream
Auctioneer
Auctioneer Nelson Jay of Gavelo Auctions returns for a fun-filled evening of bidding. He'll put us at ease and remind us about our Club's mission, while getting in touch with his own Swedish roots.

Auction Items
We'll have a wide array of fantastic items up for bid in both our live and silent auctions. Here are just a few of the highlights:

Astoria, Oregon Getaway
Enjoy two nights in the Executive Club Suite at the Hotel Elliott, with a stunning view of the Columbia River in this historically Finnish town. On top of this, dine at Carruthers Restaurant, have your morning coffee at the Rusty Cup, find a souvenir from Finnware (a Scandinavian design shop) and tour the Columbia River Maritime Museum! Plenty to do in a weekend visit.

Old Ballard Liquor Co. Aquavit Pairing Dinner for Six
Delight in a modern and fresh take on Scandinavian cuisine! This exclusive and private dinner for is for you and five of your best friends to enjoy. We promise you won’t leave disappointed.

Hotel Ballard
Situated in the heart of historic Ballard, just minutes from downtown Seattle, Hotel Ballard is the pinnacle of excellence among boutique hotels. Guests enjoy two lap pools, exercise studios, yoga, racquetball courts, fitness classes, steam rooms and saunas, as well as access to the Olympic Athletic Club.

Blue Ribbon Cooking Class
Looking to brush up on your culinary skills? All classes are hands-on, include a full dinner with wines and beverages and are three hours in length, unless otherwise specified.

Samish Island Beach Home
Enjoy a weekend away on Samish Island, located just south of Bellingham.

Hot Chocolat Cooking Class for Two
Who wouldn’t love to make their own chocolate?! Learn French techniques for how to make a ganache and molded chocolates in one of Hot Chocolat’s three-hour chocolate-making classes.

Chautauqua Lodge Two-Night Stay
A classic Pacific Northwest beach getaway on the Long Beach Peninsula. This oceanfront setting is a beautiful location for both the whimsical and the adventuresome. Each room faces the ocean with a balcony or patio for you to view the famous Pacific Ocean sunsets!

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley
For over three decades, Dimitriou's Jazz Alley has been a West Coast “must” for all the towering figures in the world of jazz. Stars such as Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Betty Carter and Bill Evans have played there.

In 2016, DownBeat chose Jazz Alley as one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the world. It was also named "Best Jazz Club" by both the Seattle Weekly and KING-5's Best of Western Washington poll, eight years running.

Phoenix Fun in the Sun!
Swedes can never get enough sun. What better place to go than Arizona? Enjoy three nights and four days in a private and fully furnished home located close to a Major League Baseball spring training facility.

Hotel Ändra Stay
Enjoy a night away at Hotel Ändra, a stylish boutique luxury hotel ideally located in the heart of downtown Seattle. Nestled between popular South Lake Union and Belltown next to the retail core, this surrounding downtown area is thriving with food, music, art and history. Within walking distance of famous Pike Place Market, Seattle Center and the Space Needle, Hotel Ändra provides a sophisticated urban escape with first-class luxury offerings.

Iceland Air Gift Certificate
It’s time to go back to your roots! Travel conveniently from Seattle to anywhere in Scandinavia.


We're actively gathering donations for auction items and recruiting corporate and organizational sponsors. We're grateful to have these partnerships in raising funds for the Club.

We still need individuals to donate items or volunteer to help with this year's fundraiser. If you’d like to be part of the fun of preparing for an auction, contact the Swedish Club office at 206-283-1090 or