Reaching Out Luncheon 2023 | Hopelink Hopelink

Reaching Out Luncheon

Special In-Person Guest Speaker

Monday, October 16, 2023
12 - 1 pm


Artist, actor, author, and activist, Common, joins us as our in-person guest speaker at Hopelink’s 28th Annual Reaching Out Luncheon!

The Annual Reaching Out Luncheon is Hopelink’s signature fundraising event, with a goal of raising $1 million to provide services to families and individuals in north and east King County, Washington. Held at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, the event offers an in-depth look at some of Hopelink’s nine programs that support our neighbors experiencing poverty, as well as offering the opportunity to partner with Hopelink in this work. This year, we’ll highlight Hopelink’s amazing transportation team which keeps our community connected by addressing mobility and transportation barriers. Former guest speakers include Dr. Jill Biden, Queen Latifah, Soledad O’Brien, Tracee Ellis Ross, Hasan Minhaj, and others. 

Registration for Table Captains opens Monday, June 12th.
General registration opens Monday, July 10th.

For questions, please contact or call 425.897.3703.

Special Guest Speaker: COMMON

Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy, and Grammy Award-winning artist, actor, author, and activist, Common continues to break down barriers with a multitude of critically acclaimed, diverse roles, and continued success at the box office. Throughout his career he has used his art as a platform to change people’s perspectives, promote more diverse narratives, and encourage people to movement. At the podium, Common motivates audiences to nurture the dreams of the young, overcome adversity, and address the persistent hope that lives within us all. Compassionate, mindful, and driven to inspire, Common reminds audiences that we all have a voice—and we must speak out

Born as Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., he was raised in Chicago by his mother, a teacher, and stepfather. His debut 1992 album Can I Borrow a Dollar? garnered him a significant underground following into the late 1990s, after which he gained notable mainstream success through his work with the Soulquarians. Throughout his career, he has been nominated 16 times for the Grammys, winning three as well as an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his work in Selma. Common won the 2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the 2015 Academy Award for Best Original Song, for his song Glory from the 2014 film Selma, in which he co-starred as Civil Rights Movement leader James Bevel. Common was nominated for an Oscar, a Grammy and NAACP Image Award for his song Stand Up For Something, which he co-wrote with Diane Warren. He’s renowned for his roles in films such as Selma, Barbershop and John Wick 2; his lasting influence on hip-hop culture, and his recurring role in the Showtime series he and Lena Waithe executive produce, The Chi.

For the past few years, Common has dedicated countless hours and has been deeply engaged in social justice and advocacy work around mass incarceration, mental health, and voting. After the success and impact of his Imagine Justice concert in 2017 and his Hope & Redemption Tour to eight different prisons, Common decided to establish and launch Imagine Justice as a new nonprofit in 2018. Centered at the intersection of art and activism, Imagine Justice is dedicated to leveraging the power of art to advocate for communities around the country, to fight for justice and equality and to stand united against injustice wherever it appears.

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