Saturday, July 3, 2010

Pam Parties at The Pink Door

Wow! What a party! When Jackie Roberts, the lovely owner of The Pink Door, throws a party, she goes all out!

On June 27, 2010 Jackie hosted the Festa per la Salute (Party for Health) at The Pink Door. The money raised supports CCSVI research at the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center (BNAC). It was a wonderful evening with great food, excellent entertainment, fun drinks, and special guests appearing via Skype.

We arrived in Post Alley at about 5:15 pm to find a line at the door. The entrance to The Pink Door is just that... no sign announces that you're there except for the pink door. A very funny and tall woman on stilts was there to greet us. Someone took our names at the door and passed them along to the announcer - or was he an emcee - or was he a ringleader like at the circus? Anyway, he announced our name over the loudspeaker as we descended the stairs into the main dining room. At the bottom of the stairs Jackie's sisters were there to greet us and offer us wine or the signature drink (more about that later!)

The next stop was the BNAC table, where Linda Safran (the Development Director) and her daughter Jenny were sharing the news about what is going on in Buffalo. It was wonderful to see Linda again (I met her in May when I was at BNAC for testing) and to meet Jenny.

The entertainment for the evening was amazing. The dining room has a very tall ceiling, and there was a trapeze artist performing as we walked in. As we moved from the dining room to the lounge, an artist was working on a painting. On the deck, which has beautiful views of Elliott Bay, there were musicians - a tuba player and an accordion player - as well as four young ladies performing modern dance. In the lounge there was a man slicing prosciutto. Over the course of the evening there were various musicians performing on the stage in the lounge.

Jackie's staff did an excellent job taking care of us. When it was time for another drink, or oyster, or appetizer, they were there.

Speaking of drinks... The signature drink of the evening was the Wheelchair Kamikaze. Jackie named the drink for Marc, writer of the excellent and award winning blog: Wheelchair Kamikaze. If you haven't seen his blog click here to have a look. So, what's in the drink? Take a regular kami - vodka, lime, triple sec - and add blue curacao and two wheels of lime, and there you have it! And I did... I had several, and had the hangover to prove it the next day.

The food at the party was wonderful. My husband loaded up a plate for both of us, and there were lots of options for us vegetarians - veggie lasagna, gluten free pasta, salad, bread. Good stuff. There were two options for dessert - strawberry sorbet and Bongo Bongo. We had multiple plates of Bongo Bongo at our table - yummy profiterole with chocolate sauce.

One of the highlights of the evening was when everyone gathered in the lounge and a large screen came down from the ceiling. Jackie gave a heartfelt thank you speech, and announced that we would be Skyping with Marc - the Wheelchair Kamikaze. It was great to see him on the big screen, and he was inspiring and funny. He announced that our next guest would be Dr. Robert Zivadinov, the director of BNAC. I have to confess that I went back out on the deck to sit down during Dr. Z's talk - with no disrespect to Dr. Z, but the alcohol and MS were taking their toll and my legs were tired!

After the Skype sessions were over, there was more entertainment on the deck - a fire dancer! It was great to see her perform with Elliott Bay in the background. As the evening went on, there was more music on the stage in the lounge and the accordion player continued to play on the deck.

Jackie's party was important for fundraising for CCSVI research. However, just as important for me was to have so many people with MS who are interested in CCSVI in one place! While many of us had communicated on or Facebook, most of us hadn't met in person. It was wonderful to meet folks who have already had the procedure: SammyJo, Marie, Janet (who I believe gets the award for traveling the farthest - from PA!), and Kathleen. It was also great to meet people with MS who are just as obsessed with CCSVI as I am! I know that we'll stay in touch, and there's talk of meeting again later this summer. If you were at The Pink Door and I didn't meet you, please find me on Facebook or post a comment here.

My beekeeping husband also connected with a beekeeper friend of Jackie's, so he was happy to talk with someone about natural methods of beekeeping, Warre hives and swarms!

For those of you who aren't in this area, please keep The Pink Door in mind as a great place to have a meal and enjoy some entertainment when you're in Seattle. It's an easy stop - just one block up from Pike Place Market!

And to the lovely Jackie: thank you for what you've done for CCSVI and Seattle. You've helped us to find one another; you've helped to fund the research; you've helped to spread the word about CCSVI to people who may not have heard. You gave us a place to meet and a party to remember. You are an inspiration. Thank you!


  1. Great blog Pam. I too had a wonderful time and really enjoyed meeting everyone. I would love to see everyone again. It is amazing how few people know about CCSVI, so our job is far from done. Keep up the good work of spreading the word. It is like a second full time job, but it is a true labor of love.

  2. Wish Jill and I could have been there. Hope it raised buckets of $$ for BNAC.

  3. Pam,

    Love the descriptions, you made it feel real. I go to Seattle often and am know the Pink Door well. So sorry i was hosting a professional meeting that weekend or I would have flown up!! Jackie sounds amazing and I sure hope she and all of us are liberated soon. thank you for posting this and working hard to help make this great party a smashing success.

  4. Janet - it was great to meet you! Yes - it is a labor of love, and hope!

    Larry - you and Jill were definitely missed.

    Carol - please stay in touch, and let's meet for a meal at the Pink Door next time you're in the area!

  5. Pam Dear,
    Firstly , I would like to thank you for your fantastic descriptors and kind words.. It brought the party back to life.

    I tear up when I think of the party. I feel like I was at my own wedding and missed a good deal of it as I spun from one guest to another expressing my thanks. As i said in my speech; The Pink Door has seen many performance art pieces /happenings/fundraisers/weddings/dances etc. but never before have the walls and interior expressed a stronger aura of love than it did on June 27th 2010!

    For all the MSers who attended my party: I would like to invite you to a private dinner with me @The Pink Door spouses/friend included. I didn't get enough talk time with you!
    Date to be determined. Would anyone out there like to organize the date? Love, Jackie

  6. The party was more than an incredible fundraiser! The food, wine, and entertainment was wonderful. It brought together so many people who obviously love Jackie. And for those of us who didn't know her personally before that night, it was an introduction to this beautiful and vivacious woman who has started the momentum in Seattle. Jackie, by bringing us together for the event, opened the door for communication between all of us who have been affected by MS and have hope in CCSVI.

    Pam, thank you for finding me on fb. Your involvement is inspiring. Reading your blog motivated me to start one, too. I realized that most of my non MS friends have very little knowledge of CCSVI and its time they learned more about it. Hopefully they will join in the fundraising effort to help us with this very important research.

    Cheers to Jackie and Pam! My new sisters in the fight.

  7. Thank you Pam for the very nice blog! I felt like I was there with you, Jackie and the many wonderful CCSVI supporters!
    Thank you so much for sharing and for allowing us to be a part of the party even if we were so far away!
    Great job at raising funds for BNAC!
    Hugs to all,