117th Anniversary

What Matters Most Luncheon

Join us in embracing and leading change on April 27 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at our Annual “What Matters Most” fundraising event. Our What Matters Most Luncheon is Neighborhood House’s largest fundraising event of the year. Over 350 people gather for a sit-down lunch at the Seattle Convention Center to raise funds in support of our mission to help more people access housing, health, education, and economic opportunity. We will hear from our Executive Director Janice Deguchi, a keynote speaker, and leaders from our community.

Registration has now closed for this event. Please contact Deborah, deborahd@nhwa.org to get on our waitlist or for any questions.

Can’t make it to the event? Consider donating today to help us reach our fundraising goal!

MC: KUOW Host Angela King

Angela King is an Emmy-award winning journalist who’s been a part of the northwest news scene since the early 1990s. A proud University of Washington alumna, with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and American Ethnic Studies, she started her career as a news writer in Seattle, before becoming a reporter and anchor in Seattle, Portland, and Albuquerque. She is currently the Morning News Host at KUOW in addition to being an independent documentary producer.

Keynote: Angela Garbes

Angela Garbes is the author of Essential Labor: Mothering as Social Change, called “a landmark and a lightning storm” by the New Yorker. Essential Labor was named a Best Book of 2022 by both the New Yorker and NPR. Her first book, Like a Mother, was also an NPR Best Book of the Year as well as a finalist for the Washington State Book Award in nonfiction. Her writing on care labor and the care economy has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, New York Magazine, and featured on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and Fresh Air with Terry Gross. A first-generation Filipina American, Garbes lives with her family on Beacon Hill.

Executive Director: Janice Deguchi

Janice Deguchi has served as the Executive Director of Neighborhood House since September 2019. Janice is a Seattle native and has worked for over 25 years helping people gain access to vocational training, early learning, senior care, and youth mentorship. She is a tireless advocate for early learning and in 2013, was selected as a Parent Map Superhero for her advocacy. Janice currently serves on the boards of 501 Commons, Washington State Community Action Partnership, and is co-chair of the Seattle Human Services Coalition Wage Equity Leadership Committee.

Ways to get involved:

Table Captain

Table Captains help us fill the room with partners, friends, family, and neighbors that are interested in supporting our work! A full table is 10 people (including yourself). All table captains are invited to a special private event hosted by James Beard award winning chef, Matthew Dillon. Contact Deborah Daniels, deborahd@nhwa.org if you are interested. Check out our Table Captain packet to learn more.


Sponsoring the event is a great way to show your company support for our mission and community. All sponsors will be featured in our invites and be recognized during the event. Contact Emily Tomita, emilyt@nhwa.org if you are interested in sponsoring our event. Check out our sponsorship packet to learn more.


We will have volunteer opportunities before, during, and after the event. Contact Muna Ali, munaa@nhwa.org if you are interested in volunteering for the event.

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

Neighborhood House staff and volunteers work with vulnerable populations all over King County. We will not be checking for COVID-19 vaccinations at the door but ask that all of our guests be up-to-date on their COVID vaccinations. Masks are welcome. We will have masks available at the door and use color coding to indicate social distancing preferences. Please stay home if you are feeling sick.

Thank you to our sponsors!