Port Angeles Community Awards Gala 2023
Name: Port Angeles Community Awards Gala 2023
Date: January 28, 2023 - February 6, 2023
Registration: Register Now
Thanks to all who helped celebrate these awards with our Incredible Community! All of the finalists are deserving of our thanks and recognition.
The Community Awards Gala is an elegant evening featuring a plated dinner, signature cocktails, and an inspiring awards program where we recognize the brightest stars in our community.
The gala includes a pre-show reception with Signature cocktails, champagne, and hors d'oeuvres. Dinner is a plated meal with the entrée of your choice, followed by the awards show, where all the finalists will be celebrated and the winner from each category will be announced. After dinner, please join us at the After Party for sweet treats, signature cocktails, and photos. This is your chance to mingle with the honorees of the evening!
For information on the Awards themselves, see below.
All profit for this event will go toward the continuation and expansion of the Community Awards program, in keeping with the Chamber's goals of community-building and fostering economic development.
Doors will open at 5:30 pm
Vegetable Cocktail Spring Rolls with Sweet Chili Sauce
Dungeness Crab Stuffed Mushroom Caps with Saffron Aioli
Strawberry Bruschetta with Goat Cheese on Crostini
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeños Served hot, stuffed with cream cheese and topped with red pepper coulis
Choice of Parmesan Crusted Chicken Cordon Bleu, White Truffle Fettucine, or Crispy Garlic and Vegetable Quinoa Cakes in a rustic tomato sauce (GF)
The Chamber's Signature handmade truffles in a variety of flavors, hand-crafted by Gina Senz. Boxed to take with you, or enjoy them after your meal
The Awards are presented in the following categories:
Citizen of the Year - An individual who has made a positive impact on the health or prosperity of the community, including a legacy of good works and specifically during the past year.
Young Leader of the Year: Awarded to an individual, age 18-39, who exemplifies a commitment to the health and future of our community, and has made an impact during the past year beyond the responsibilities and expectations of their job.
Educator of the Year: Recognizes a teacher, coach, or educational staff member employed by the Port Angeles School District or a private school in Port Angeles, who has exhibited impressive leadership and achieved exceptional results toward the overall development of youth in grade levels K-12.
Business of the Year: Awarded to the business, large or small, that has shown consistent excellence as an employer, contributed to the community beyond the profit motive of the business, and has been a recognized contributor over the past year to the general prosperity and well-being of our community.
Emerging Business of the Year: Awarded to a business that has been operating between one and six years, or has been significantly reinvented with a major location change and/or business expansion within that time. Emerging Business should fill a significantly unmet need or market, revitalize an area, or contribute altruistically beyond the mission or profit motive of the business (The time frame for this category criteria has been temporarily changed to account for the affect that the pandemic has had on emerging businesses).
Organization of the Year: Recognizes the non-profit, church, agency, or community service organization that has demonstrated an exceptional achievement of its mission, consistently improving quality of life in our community over the past year.
Past Honorees Are:
Citizen of the Year
2017 Marsha Robin, Reath Ellefson, Tim Mason/Amber Keebler
2018 Amy Miller, Susan Hillgren, Iris Winslow
2019 Norma Turner, John Brewer, Christine Loewe
2020 Steve Deutermann, Dr. Allison Berry, Patty Pastore
2021 Steve Methner, Fran Howell, Minnie Whalen
Educator of the Year
2017 Ron Jones Cindy Crumb, John Gallagher
2018 Claire Rausch Phil Morgan-Ellis, Christine Bohman
2019 Doug Gailey Gary Pringle, Krista Winn
2020 Dan Cobb Tiffany Gillespie, Kasey Ulin
2021 Angie Gooding Dwayne Johnson, Jeff Lunt
Young Leader of the Year
2017 Lindsay Fox Bonnie Schmidt, Brianna Kelly
2018 Victoria Jones Bonnie Schmidt, Shenna Younger
2019 Addison Holland Ashley Liberty, Lacey Fry
2020 Chelsea Winfield Jeremy Gilchrist, Dylan Godsey
2021 Luke Gavin Carmen Geyer, Tyler Johnson
Business of the Year
2017 Lakeside Industries Black Ball Ferry, Wilder Auto
2018 Hermann Brothers Lakeside Industries, Lumber Traders
2019 Angeles Electric First Federal, Swains General Store
2020 Lumber Traders Little Devil's Lunchbox, PNW Mobile Detailing
2021 7 Cedars Resort Grocery Outlet, Port Book & News
Organization of the Year
2017 OMC The Answer for Youth, United Way of Clallam County
2018 JFFA Lincoln Park BMX, Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics
2019 PA Food Bank Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, Lincoln Park BMX
2020 Clallam County EDC Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County, Port Angeles Police Department
2021 Lincoln Park BMX Clallam County Sheriff Dept., North Olympic Library System
Emerging Business of the Year
2017 Lefties Baseball Olympic Peninsula Massage, BADA NW
2018 Amma's Umma Avail Fit, Poser Yoga
2019 Studio 360 Heart & Passion Films, Diehl?s Do it All
2020 Fogtown Coffee Ridgeline Homecare Cooperative, Sasquatch Bakery
2021 Port Angeles Wharf Sisters & Co., Sisterland Farms
Legacy Awards are special awards that are selected by the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for a legacy of outstanding contribution to our community
Chamber Individual Legacy Award
2019 Jim Moran
2020 Ed Bedford
2021 Dan Wilder, Sr
Chamber Organizational Legacy Award
2019 Black Ball Ferry
2020 Swain's General Store
2021 First Federal