Awards & Installation Banquet


2017 Awards & Installation Banquet
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Wing Point Golf & Country Club

Once a year we honor member businesses that have contributed above and beyond to our community and install our new Board of Directors at a gala event. Nominations for 2017 Businesses are now closed. Find more information here.

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The Chamber board and staff would like to thank everyone who attended our 2017 Awards Banquet. 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.

Meet the 2016 Award Winners!


Small Business of the Year – Bon Bon Candies

Lisa Wangen dreamed of creating a boutique candy shop 17 years ago.  In January 2007, that dream became a reality when Bon Bon’s first storefront was established on Bjune Drive. Since then, the well-loved candy shop has become a permanent fixture along Winslow Way and a tourist destination. She and her staff of nine are known far and wide for her delicious variety of flavored fudges.

Outside of BonBon, Lisa is a supporter of several Bainbridge organizations, such as KiDiMu, West Sound Wildlife Shelter, Bainbridge Island Metro Parks, and the Bainbridge Island Art Museum. She is also an avid supporter of the island’s schools.



Medium Business of the Year – Eagle Harbor Book Company

Eagle Harbor Book Company is an independently owned bookstore whose home has been on Winslow Way for 45 years. Bainbridge residents love the wide variety of both popular and lesser-known works featured in the charming and cozy store.

Eagle Harbor partners closely with various island coalitions and non-profits – such as the Teen Advisory Board, Bainbridge Schools foundation, and Kitsap Regional Library – 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

The Harbour Public House, though a beloved restaurant, is more than just a 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

The Bainbridge Island Art Museum is a public, admission-free art exhibition which is open 363 days a year. A showplace for Puget Sound art, a place for children’s workshops, Family Days and over 250,000 visitors a year make BIMA another wonderful tourist destination and community resource. 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

As the Executive Director at Bainbridge Youth Services, Marina has helped the 50+ year old organization reimagine itself. With Marina at the helm since 2012, BYS has transformed into an organization that can respond to the diverse and complicated needs of today’s youth better than ever before. With limited resources, Marina has increased the pool of teen counselors from 2 to 6, and encouraged staff growth from one part-time employee to a full-time staff of three individuals.

Youth in our community now have improved access to tools for employment, tutoring, peer connections, and 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 his wife Bobbi have four married children and nine grand children. Dick is involved in everything Bainbridge – including the Rotary Auction, the Bainbridge Library, “Adopt a Highway”, the Farmer’s Market, the Grand Old 4th of July Car Show, and Project Backpack/Cruise-In with Helpline House.

Dick is the founder of Modern Collision Rebuild and Service, now managed by his sons Aaron and Micah. Passing the business to the boys has left him free to pursue a charitable hobby – creating and selling metal sculptures, whose proceeds go to local organizations. For the past few years he has provided the coveted one-of-a-kind trophies for the Chamber’s Grand Old 4th Car Show. As Citizen of the Year, Dick is the Grand Marshal for the 2017 Grand Old 4th Parade.



2017 Grand Old 4th Poster Contest Winner

Karena Klinkenberg

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.