(January 05, 2017) - The GSBA Business & Humanitarian Awards dinner on Thursday, February 16, will honor businesses and business leaders, recognizing business performance and contributions to the community. This year, GSBA will honor eight individuals and businesses under the theme of "Building Bridges" at the Business & Humanitarian Awards dinner at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront, 2100 Alaskan Way.
"Never has the theme of Building Bridges
been more relevant. If we are to flourish as a community, we must value our local and independent businesses and support our nonprofits that must stretch to meet the needs of those who may no longer get government support and who provide safety for our most vulnerable. Now more than ever, it's important to recognize value and celebrate the strength we have when we all work together." - Louise Chernin, GSBA President & CEO
The evening will feature Keynote Speaker Jonathan Capehart
, a member of The Washington Post editorial board and an MSNBC contributor who appears regularly on Hardball
and other dayside programs. Prior to joining The Post in 2007, Capehart was the deputy editor of New York Daily News's editorial page from 2002 to 2005. He worked as a policy adviser to Michael Bloomberg in his successful campaign for mayor of New York City, he was a national affairs columnist for Bloomberg News from 2000 to 2001, and he was a member of the Daily News editorial board from 1993 to 2000.
The 2016 Business and Humanitarian Award recipients are:
Business of the Year:
ZippyDogs, Elise Lindborg and Kelli Henderson, Co-Owners
Business Leader of the Year:
Ann Paris, Paris Insurance Services
Corporate Leader of the Year:
John Zmolek, Verity Credit Union, President/CEO
Community Leaders of the Year
: David Breland MD, MPH, Seattle Children's Hospital and Aidan Key, Gender Diversity
New Business of the Year:
701 Coffee, Sara Mae Brereton and Rachel Brereton, Co-Owners
Non Profit of the Year:
YouthCare, Melinda Giovengo, PhD, CEO & President
Special Recognition - Voice for Economic Justice:
Dow Constantine, King County Executive
Title Sponsor: Wells Fargo
Presenting Sponsor: Vulcan Inc.
Event Sponsors: Carter Subaru, Nyhus Communications, RBC Wealth Management, Seattle Goodwill, UW Medicine
Award Sponsors: BECU, Pride Foundation
Supporting Sponsors: Girlie Press, Sal Floral Design
Media Sponsors: Pacific Publishing, Seattle Gay News
Learn more and register for the event here.