The 2009 National Cohousing Conference was a great success! It ran from June 24 to June 28th 2009. Please join us for our next conference!

2009 Saturday Night Fundraising Banquet

Calling all Cohousers

register nowJoin the best-known cohousing activists and professionals - in the world as they come together for the 2009 Fund-raising Banquet. Tickets are available separately for $75 - and you do need not to attend the conference to purchase tickets for the banquet. Full Conference Registration and Sponsorships do include the banquet, but why not bring friends, family, or business associates? To register for the Banquet alone, press the Register Now button, choose "Saturday only" as your registration type and fill out the required information on the personal information page. On the agenda page, click on "I wish to attend the Saturday evening dinner and auction."

Having fun at a previous banquet

All proceeds support the Cohousing Movement and the Cohousing Association of the United States - a 501(c)3 non-profit association, so contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

For several years, the Saturday night banquet has been a highlight of our Annual Conference. The 2009 Banquet is bigger and better than ever. Its hosted in the East Ballroom of the University of Washington Husky Union Building. This wonderful space has an incredible view of both Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains and has a large patio where you can enjoy it. The event will be festive - you'll see all manner of attire, i.e., please dress up as much or as little as you wish.

This event is the single best opportunity offered by the conference to network and dine with everybody you've ever heard of from the Cohousing World... come join almost all of the Cohousing Professionals, almost all of the well-known activists, and make new friends with the people that can best help you realize your coho-needs and desires.

Fine Eating

Our banquet dinner offers three different entrees:

  • Northwest Salmon – Seared Northwest salmon served with crème fraiche and Bay Laurel-infused peach chutney
  • Involtini di Melazane (vegan) – Grilled eggplant roulades stuffed with spinach, crimini mushrooms and tofu with grilled herb polenta and spicy tomato sauce
  • Stuffed Chicken – seared free-range chicken breast stuffed with Laurel Chenel goat cheese, toasted hazelnuts and fresh herbs. Served with Northwest mushrooms, country style.

Each entree is accompanied by some savory sides – roasted fresh vegetables, roasted Yukon golden potatoes, rolls and butter

Restaurant Frenzy

Do you go out to eat? Why not buy some restaurant gift certificates (from both local favorites and national chains) to help out the association? Its relatively easy for Coho/US to get donations from restaurants, so why not help us out by pre-paying for a meal in the Restaurant Frenze. The gift certificate from different restaurants have values from $20 to $100. Winners just pay the face value. There is a catch - to win, you must be the first to get our auctioneer's attention, so Whistles, Props, etc. are both encouraged (and fun).

Restaurant Contributions

  1. Ivar's and Kidd Valley restaurants, value: $50
    • $50 Gift Card to any of Ivar's 3 fine dining restaurants, seafood bars, or Kidd Valley hamburger restaurants
  2. Washington Restaurant Group, Inc, value: $30
    • 3 $10 Gift Certificates for The Melting Pot
  3. Duke's Chowder House, value: $50
    • $50 Gift Certificate for any Duke's Chowder House
  4. Il Terrazzo Carmine, value: $50
    • $50 Gift Certificate for Il Terrazzo Carmine
  5. Le Gourmand, $50
    • $50 Gift Certificate
  6. Julia's Restaurants, value: $120
    • Dinner and a Show: Gift Certificate for Dinner for Two at Julia's Restaurants and 2 Vamps & Vixens tickets
  7. SeaStar, value: $75
    • $75 gift card
  8. Sport Restaurant and Bar
    • $50 gift card

Dessert Dash

You’ve heard of singing for your supper… well, no need to go to those lengths. However, to get the best desserts, you need to chip in with others are your table to pay for it. Each table will pool its bids and the table raising the largest amount has first choice from the scrumptious desserts donated by some of Seattle’s best bakers and confectioners. Tables get to select their desert by "dashing” for their dessert as they are called, in an order established by the amount of the table's total contribution… The table contributing the least will “win” a plate of twinkies, unless one of the more generous tables picks that first (as if).

50:50 Raffle

Buy as many $5 raffle tickets as you want and you might win half of the TOTAL raised in the raffle. The winner will be announced and "claim their cash" at the banquet - the raffle winner will then be already to play in the...

Live Auction

Click above to see the dynamic Kevin Benedict in action.

Kevin Benedict is the professional auctioneer who will help make this year's live auction a high energy affair. Kevin is a gifted singer/songwriter who will help us have fun while we win some great items One of Kevin's newer auction fans said, It was such fun to see Kevin perform - his energy was infectious and the whole room had a ball.. Check out the video to see Kevin in action at a recent charity auction.

This year, the live auction features several packages created especially for this Cohousing Conference. Some are fabulous, most are unique, and others are just plain funny. Some items may be such bargains that the savings alone could cover all of your costs of attending the conference. Some could also help you realize your vision of creating your Cohousing community.

This year, many of the live auction items are quite special - and you may want to consider them before the actual auction. In the auction, you need to decide in the moment about making a purchase. You may want to share these items with others in your community or forming group. In the past, people have "gone shopping" for friends and neighbors and others in their community or forming group. Groups might even pool funds to purchase select auction items. To better enable this, you can see some of them now or when you arrive at the conference:

  • right now, in the online Auction Catalog
  • when you register, as part of the on-site registration packet
  • at the Banquet itself, before the Live Auction


After dinner, a DJ will provide dance music for all ages (well, maybe not teenagers). Many genres of music offers something for everyone, so bring your dancing shoes - or just hang out and enjoy.


register nowBanquet admission is included as part of the full conference registration and sponsorships, but everyone is invited. If you are one of the many who can only attend a pre-conference workshop or tour, or are attending the Saturday-only Conference option, you will need to purchase banquet tickets separately. This is a great chance for all Puget Sound cohousers to meet and mingle with many who have made cohousing possible, in both Denmark and the United States. We hope you are able to join us in the fun event. To register for the Banquet alone, press the Register button, choose "Saturday only" as your registration type and fill out the required information on the personal information page. On the agenda page, click on "I wish to attend the Saturday evening dinner and auction."

Auction Contributions Invited

In addition to coming with your wallet, please consider making an Auction Donation to help make the auction even more successful.