Congratulations to This Year’s Winners!
The Chamber board and staff would like to thank everyone who attended our gala event on Saturday, March 4. We’d especially like to thank The Island School for providing the location, Flamingo Audio for transforming the hall with colored lights and providing sound, Robert Freitag and the crew from Metro Market Catering for the elegant and delicious dinner, and Eleven Winery for donating the wine.
The evening would not have been possible without our premier sponsors Kitsap Bank, additional sponsors Harrison Medical Center/CHI Franciscan and Town & Country Market, and awards sponsor Port Madison Enterprises, A special thank you to State Senator Christine Rolfes for conducting the induction ceremony for our 2017 Board of Directors.
2016 Award Winners
Small Business of the Year – Bon Bon Candies
Lisa Wangen dreamed of creating Bon Bon 17 years ago. 10 years ago the dream became a reality. Lisa is a supporter of most of the organizations on the island, Kidimu, Wildlife Shelter, Metro Parks, Museum, and most if not all of the schools on the island. With a staff of nine she is known far and wide for her fudge.
Medium Business of the Year – Eagle Harbor Book Company
Eagle Harbor Book Company has been on Winslow Way for 45 years. Eagle Harbor hosts author talks, works with a Teen Advisory Board, partners with the Kitsap Regional Library system to host best-selling authors and works closely with Bainbridge Schools to support literacy and community activities.
Large Business of the Year – Suquamish Clearwater Casino and Resort
The Suquamish Tribe not only takes good care of their own tribal members, they take good care of the larger community they live in. They have donated over $80,000 in grants to non-profit groups and organizations in Kitsap and King Counties. They support Kiwanis, Rotary, Habitat for Humanity, Senior centers and the list goes on. They also support the business communities by hosting an All-Chamber After Hours and several Kitsap Business Forums each year.
Sustainable Business of the Year – The Harbour Public House.
Yes, a restaurant, but even more so a company that believes in sustainability. They are farm to table and now farm to table and back to farm with the HORSE(high solids organic waste recycling system), they are able to recycle much of their waste into fertilizer to grow crops and methane gas, which can be turned into electricity.Go around to the Harbour House and check out this great recycling project.
Non-Profit of the Year – Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
BIMA is open 363 days a year and is free of charge to the public. A showplace for Puget Sound art, a place for children’s workshops, Family Days and over 250,000 visitors make BIMA the place to visit. Their staff have donated over 3,400 hours of service to organizations on the island. It is the cultural, community and artistic center of Bainbridge Island.
Chairman’s Choice – Marina Cofer-Wildsmith
Marina is the Executive Director at Bainbridge Youth Services, and while that organization has aptly served our community for over 50 years, having Marina at the helm since 2012 has transformed the organization into one that can respond to the diverse and complicated needs of today’s youth better than ever before. With limited resources, she has grown the pool of teen counselors from 2 to 6. The full-time staff has grown from a single part –timer to three. Youth in our community now have better access to better tools to help them get jobs, tutoring, to connect with other like-minded youth, and provides resources for dealing with everything from body issues to bullying to life-threatening urgent crises.
Citizen of the Year – Dick Strom
Born and raised on Bainbridge Island, Dick and Bobbi have four married children and nine grand children. Dick is involved in everything Bainbridge, the Rotary Auction, the Library, “Adopt a Highway”, the Farmer’s Market, the Grand Old 4th of July Car Show, and Project Backpack/Cruise-In with Helpline House, to name a few. Dick started Modern Collision Rebuild and Service, which is now being run by his sons, leaving him free to pursue metal sculpture. His sculptures are sold and the money goes to local organizations. For the past few years he has provided the coveted one-of-a-kind trophies created from old car parts for the Chamber’s Grand Old 4th Car Show. As Citizen of the Year, Dick will also be the Grand Marshal for the 2017 Grand Old 4th Parade.
Winner of the 2017 Grand Old 4th Poster Contest
The contest for the design of this year’s Grand Old 4th Poster – commemorating 50 years of the Bainbridge Island Chamber producing the event – was open to all students grades 1 through 12 on the island. The winner was BHS junior Karena Klinkenberg, with her pen and ink and watercolor rendering of the parade down Winslow Way, then and now. Puget Sound Energy sponsored the $1,000 sponsorship.
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