NVS “Sky’s the Limit” Spring Brunch Fundraiser (in person)

Event Details:

Columbia Tower Club:   701 5th Ave 75th Floor,  Seattle, WA 98104

Parking: $12 in the Columbia Tower Garage

Elevator helpful info

– The elevators can be tricky! If you park in the garage you will take 3 elevators to arrive at the 75th floor. There should be a concierge onsite, but here is some helpful info:
1. From the parking garage, take the elevator to the Lobby (Lobby is on 5th Avenue),
2. Take an elevator to floor 40.
3. Go around the corner to the next bank of elevators and go to floor 75.
*Our event takes place in the private event space on the 76th floor, you will either walk up the grand staircase, or if you are mobility impaired, there is an additional elevator from Floor 75 to 76

Dress Code: Business Casual, professional, dressy! 


Order of Events

11:30  -12:30      Check in & Social Hour


                                           Blue Raffle Items $10 each or 6 for $50

                                           White Raffle Items $20 each or 6 for $100

                                     Music Provided by Push 4 Love

12:30 – 1:00              Buffet Brunch, world class cuisine by Italian Chef Riccardo Bilotta

1:00                            Raffle closes

“Sky’s the Limit” Program Begins – Program topic “Traumatic Brain Injury”


  • Emcee and auctioneer, Larry Snyder,
  • NVSU Clinical Director, Robert T. Fraser,
  • NVS President, Aliza Hauser
  • Keynote Speaker Jenn Zumsteg
  • Special video guest, Graci Pennington “Mis­s Alabama

1:40-2:20              LIVE AUCTION Part 1

  • Inspirational Story and Client of the Year: Elias Godifay
  • Dessert Dash
  • Blue Raffle winners announced


  • White Raffle winners announced

2:30  Program End and Check out 

Date: Saturday, May 21st, 2022

Time: Brunch 11:30 am – 2:30 pm 

Place: Columbia Tower Club, 701 5th Avenue 75th Floor, Seattle

Program Highlights: LIVE Auction, Raffles, LIVE music, exceptional food and wine, inspiring stories from our Client of the Year and other TBI survivors (see more below)

Type of Event: IN PERSON brunch fine dining experience

Live Music: To be announced!

Tickets: We are currently SOLD OUT!

Please feel free to call us at 206-744-9130 and check current availability as numbers may fluctuate as we get closer to the event.

About the Venue:

Enjoy the perks of the Columbia Tower Club membership, without being a member where, exceptional dining is a must. The CTC  features superb, world-class cuisine and other sumptuous gastronomic creations prepared by an award winning, internationally recognized culinary team.

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Program Highlights

This year’s spring fundraising brunch theme informational focus is on our clients with Traumatic brain injury(TBI) and its vocational implications across the range of severity. Speakers include our outstanding colleague and Rehabilitation Medicine physician Dr. Jen Zumsteg as our keynote speaker, with years of experience and research in TBI and especially concussion effects, with special guest  Graci Pennington, Miss Alabama-Miss USA contestant on her mild TBI journey and challenges in return to the university, and our Client of the Year and his experiences trying to find work stabilization following a long path to his  current position as an auditor in training for the state of Washington. Wonderful motivating experiences!

Thank you, Dr. Robert T. Fraser

NVS Spring Brunch Fundraiser Informational focus on TBI

Jennifer M. Zumsteg, MD, works to facilitate neurorehabilitation care across the care continuum and currently sees patients in acute care consultation for Rehabilitation Medicine at UW Medicine | Valley Medical Center. She strives to improve community health and well-being through treatments that optimize function to meet individualized patient goals, providing evidence-based physical medicine and rehab (PM&R) medical consultation, and contributing to safe care and innovation in high-functioning health care teams. Dr. Zumsteg received her medical degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and completed PM&R residency at University of Washington. She is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and brain injury medicine.

An Alabama native, Graci Pennington has been a traumatic brain injury advocate for the last eight years. At the age of 11, Graci sustained a mild TBI as a competitive cheerleader. After her recovery, she began competing in scholarship pageants and developed her platform “Heads Up for Head Injuries”. At 14 years old she became a board member with the Alabama Head Injury Foundation and partnered with them to raise awareness for TBI’s. In May she will be a graduate from Auburn University with a degree in broadcast journalism. Today Graci holds the title of Miss Alabama United States and will go on to compete at Miss United States in October. Throughout the next year she plans to reach at least one person in every state who has been impacted by this injury through an interview series. Follow her social media pages to keep up with her journey

Facebook @headsupforheadinjuries


Instagram @officialheadsupforheadinjuries


Push for Love is Back by Popular Demand!

We’re excited to announce the live band for the NVS Spring Brunch Fundraiser! A long time favorite of NVS, Push for Love is a local Seattle Neo-Soul group that does their own version of covers and original music. The band members include: Melanie Granger-Vocalist, Xavier Salinas- Guitarist/ Soprano Sax, and David Doyle-Bass.

Check out their Instagram: HERE

And some of their YouTube Performances: HERE

We are pleased to have Larry Synder as our Emcee and Auctioneer.  Larry has greatly supported us throughout COVID and our virtual programs.  

Larry J Snyder is a Seattle based, hands on philanthropist who’s been helping local and global causes for 25 years. Following his mother’s extraordinary path of serving others, Larry spends most of his day finding ways to improve the lives of others. larryjsnyder.com

Our client of the year will share his inspirational story about his Traumatic Brain Injury and vocational rehabilitation.   

We will post our Raffle items here in mid April.  Raffle tix will be for sale, regardless of attending the event.

Our event will feature a live auction.  A preview of those items will be posted here in May.  Must be at the event to participate in the Live Auction.

Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Zumsteg, MD


"We can't wait to see you in person where the sky will be the limit on May 21st at brunch at the Columbia Tower. NVS Partners all agreed that it will be our privilege to enjoy brunch with you while we celebrate our mission and fundraise to support people with neurological conditions in getting and keeping meaningful jobs in the community. To be able to interact, rejoice and celebrate together after what seems like a two-year slumber, The NVS Board has seen NVSU continue to make strides with job placements in the community, even while state offices have been closed to the public over the last two years. We've also celebrated interns that want to support and learn about the variety of services we offer our job seekers, and with mixed feelings said goodbye to Dora D, a 10-year employee of NVSU who supported the mission day in and day out. As we wake from our winter slumbers, let us also rejoice in spring 2022 which brings all of us together with changes, and stories of hope for new beginnings that only spring can promise. ."
Aliza Hauser
President, NVS Board

Our 2022 Sponsors

Gold Sponsors:

Gurry and Roger Insurance Agency

Click on the logo for more information



Silver Sponsers:

Camille Gibson

Diane Degrasse