Thanks to all of you who came out last night for the first-ever GeekWire Gala. We had a great time toasting our GeekWire Newsmakers of 2011, and celebrating the “Geeks Who Give Back,” the people featured in the 2012 GeekWire Calendar that was our gift to all of the attendees.

Newsmakers Scott MacFarlane of Avalara, Ben and Emily Huh of Cheezburger, Mike McSherry of Swype, Darrell Cavens of Zulily, Jason Kapalka and John Vechey of PopCap and T.A. McCann of Gist/RIM. (Click for larger image).

In the accompanying pictures, you’ll also see a new GeekWire tradition that we started at the event — special soccer scarves that we presented to the newsmakers and calendar honorees, as mementos of the occasion.

Beyond those special recognitions, our goal was to provide a place for the technology community connect as the year draws to a close. So it was great to see more than 500 of you there, including executives and employees from many of the region’s top startups and larger companies such Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, RealNetworks  and many more.

Based some of the conversations we saw, some of the news we’ll be covering in 2012 on GeekWire will no doubt trace its roots to last night.

Best-dressed winners Rebekah Bastian and Brady Forrest.

A big congrats to Rebekah Bastian of Zillow and Brady Forrest of O’Reilly Media, the winners of our best-dressed contest, as determined by our esteemed panel.

In support of Toys for Tots, we collected a huge haul for Jenni Hogan’s mobile tweetup, with a major contribution from the team at Double Down Interactive, who brought in a huge haul of toys.

Our partners at put together the video above from the event, asking a great question to many of the people in the crowd: Who helped you the most this year? A big thanks to Mark Briggs, Evonne Benedict and the team at KING5 for their work on the piece.

A crowd of more than 500 people joined us for the first-ever GeekWire Gala at Seattle's Union Station last night.

Check out this news piece on the Rick Larsen staffer tweeting controversy, reported by KING5’s Owen Lai from the GeekWire event, with comments from the UW’s Kathy Gill.

Photographer Annie Laurie Malarkey took a bunch of great pictures from the night, in the gallery below. Also see a gallery of fun pictures from the Red Box Pictures photobooth, posted earlier.

In addition, we’ve posted all the pictures to our Facebook page, where you can tag yourself and share the photos with your friends.

Thanks to event sponsors ZillowBingFilterKing5FacebookthePlatformStartup Weekend and Heinz Marketing for helping to make this special evening possible.

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  • Kevin Hawkins

    It was a GREAT Geek Gala – thanks GeekWire. Thanks from your friends at Imprev: Steve (in photo with Sir Mix a Lot), Paul and Kevin.

  • Ariel

    We had a great time, but my editors were a little disappointed — we’d heard rumors of a full scale mock up of a mos eisley spaceport cantina bar. 

  • Anonymous

    The engagement, enthusiasm and, frankly, just sheer volume of this community is a testament to your work @geekwire.

  • Peter Chee

    Great event. Had a wonderful time. Rebecca you and Red put on a pretty amazing event. Everyone I talked with had a great time.

  • Jenni Hogan

    Thanks for a wonderful night and for all of the toys everyone brought. Rebecca a HUGE thanks to you for dropping them all off the next day. There is no better work out than lifting so many toys out of a car that you know will make so many kids smile on Christmas day!! The Geek Wire community rocks!!!! xo

    • Anonymous

      Jenni, it was a pleasure.  Having a bunch of marines help unload an entire Suburban full of plush toys and pillow pets was the perfect way to top off the gala, and a wonderful reminder of the power of the tech community. Though making kids smile is reward enough, a big thanks to @heinzmarketing:twitter for providing our toy-toting guests with an extra drink.  Speaking of geeks giving back,  shout out to gala sponsor @facebook for helping our guests support @hopelink !  

  • Evan A. Martin

    Had a wonderful time!

  • Sheri Pollock

    We’re still talking about it at Avalara. What a blast.

  • Anonymous

    Those rainbow shoes are hideous. Does the wearer even know they are Miu Miu knockoffs? LOL. Terrible.

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