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U.S. Sen. Patty Murray tours the GeekWire Bash, with GeekWire Chairman Jonathan Sposato and Shauna Causey. (Photo by Eugene Hsu.)

Wow, that was a big night — and a ton of fun.

The Seattle Reign FC on the foosball table.

More than 800 of you joined us Thursday afternoon and evening at the GeekWire Anniversary Bash & Ping-Pong Tournament, a one-of-a-kind event has become an annual tradition in the Pacific Northwest tech community. In addition to the huge turnout from the tech community we were honored to be joined by notable guests including U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, who connected with a wide variety of tech entrepreneurs at the event; and members of the Seattle Reign FC professional women’s soccer team, who competed in the GeekWire foosball tournament.

A big thanks to everyone who attended the event, and especially to all of the GeekWire sponsors who made the event possible. And congratulations to all the winners. Look for more details and results from the hotly contested foosball and ping-pong tournaments in a follow-up post on GeekWire later today.

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Skanska, winner of the annual Spirit Prize.

Congratulations to the team from Skanska (at right), which won the coveted spirit prize with their coordinated blue tracksuits and red headbands. They won a limited edition Budweiser cooler/foosball table as the grand prize for the event.

And thanks as always to our sponsors for helping to make the GeekWire Anniversary Bash possible. They are: MozWave Business SolutionsEMC IsilonFilterBudweiserSummit Group SolutionsAvalaraSkanskaVertaforeKiller InfographicsFresh ConsultingBlue KaiDoubleDownWhitePagesFirst Tech Federal Credit UnionBarokas Public RelationsComcast BusinessALLTechthePlatformPerkins CoieFuel TalentNuregoNytec and Knoll.

Here are two galleries of photos from the evening, the first set taken by GeekWire staffers, and the second by Eugene Hsu. Click on any image to open a full gallery. Also see the gallery of photos from the USnaps booth at the bottom.

And don’t forget to register early for our next big event, the GeekWire Awards on May 8 at the EMP, where we’ve got many surprises in store this year.

And thanks again to Eugene Hsu for taking all of the shots below.

And here’s the full gallery of pictures from the Usnaps photo booth. Click on any image to see a larger version.


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