Distinction for Dedication — 35th annual Issaquah Community Awards celebrates extraordinary community service

May 27, 2014

Robin Callahan, Issaquah Schools Foundation executive director, gets handclasps from friends and a prolonged ovation from the audience when she is named Issaquah Citizen of the Year, as she comes forward during the 35th annual Community Awards Banquet presented May 22. For more photos from the event, see Page A8.By Greg Farrar

Robin Callahan, Issaquah Schools Foundation executive director, gets handclasps from friends and a prolonged ovation from the audience when she is named Issaquah Citizen of the Year, as she comes forward during the 35th annual Community Awards Banquet presented May 22. By Greg Farrar

Robin Callahan and Ava Frisinger were the big winners during the 35th annual Issaquah Community Awards.

The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce held the event at the Hilton Garden Inn in a room full of city leaders and passionate citizens May 22. The yearly program aims to honor dedication to Issaquah and longtime volunteers for their service to the community.

Fourteen awards were given, celebrating multiple facets of how people improve Issaquah.

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City is accepting names for Issaquah Hall of Fame

May 6, 2014

The city wants nominations for outstanding citizens for the 2014 Issaquah Hall of Fame.

Each spring, the mayor and the City Council president choose a person to honor for making a lasting contribution to the community. The selection process will evaluate nominees’ provision of inspiration, service, leadership, civic-mindedness, activity drawing positive attention, fundraising efforts and length of service.

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Salmon Days stage renamed for David Harris

September 3, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 3, 2013

The Salmon Days Festival’s mainstage will bear the name of an important Issaquah legend beginning this year.

David Harris

David Harris

The David Harris Rainier Boulevard Stage honors the man that has dedicated 30 years to the annual event.

Harris, a member of the Issaquah Hall of Fame, has long overseen much of anything that has to do with musical entertainment in this town. That includes organization of the music for both Salmon Days and Concerts on the Green.

Chamber honors top volunteers at annual community awards

June 4, 2013

By GREG FARRAR Cecilia Gambill, owner of Illuminate Contracting LLC, thanks the crowd with a smile as she is called to the podium to receive the Citizen of the Year award sponsored by the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, during the 34th annual Community Awards Banquet held May 30 at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Cecilia Gambill, owner of Illuminate Contracting LLC, thanks the crowd with a smile as she is called to the podium to receive the Citizen of the Year award sponsored by the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, during the 34th annual Community Awards Banquet held May 30 at the Hilton Garden Inn. By Greg Farrar

In a night of honoring local volunteers, the city handed out top recognition at the 34th annual community awards. Cecilia Gambill was named Citizen of the Year and Debbie Berto was named to the Issaquah Hall of Fame.

Those awards finished out the May 30 banquet, held at the Hilton Garden Inn and sponsored by the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber CEO Matt Bott presented the award to Gambill, co-owner of Illuminate Contracting. Bott celebrated her hours of volunteering and her enthusiasm. Gambill has been in the community for three years after moving to Issaquah from Florida.

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Youth advocates take top honors at Community Awards

June 5, 2012

Renee Zimmerman reacts to a standing ovation May 31 after receiving the Citizen of the Year award from Issaquah Chamber of Commerce board chairwoman Dianna Reely, during the 33rd annual Issaquah Community Awards at the Hilton Garden Inn. By Greg Farrar

As Issaquah celebrated its very best at the 33rd annual Chamber of Commerce Community Awards, two residents — celebrated for their lasting contributions to the community — were inducted into Issaquah’s Hall of Fame on May 31.

Barbara de Michele and Master Sgt. Richard “Top” DeMarco received top honors at the May 31 ceremony, which included recognition for Issaquah’s finest in 18 categories, including awards for standout volunteers, businesses leaders, organizations and youth.

Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger said the Hall of Fame awards were based on several criteria, including inspiration, leadership, civic mindedness, fundraising efforts for public good and length of service to the community.

None more so affected by the awardees are Issaquah’s youth.

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Community Awards ceremony switches to evening event

May 22, 2012

The ceremony for the Community Awards is getting a makeover as organizers prepare for the 33rd annual event.

The event celebrates individuals, organizations and service clubs in the Issaquah area.

In past years, Community Awardees received honors during a luncheon at the Holiday Inn – Issaquah. Come May 31, the event transitions to a nighttime celebration at the Issaquah Hilton Garden Inn, 1800 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

The festivities start at 6 p.m. Learn more about the celebration and purchase tickets at www.issaquahchamber.com/schedule/event/33rd-annual-community-awards-event.

The honorees at the event include the inductee into the Issaquah Hall of Fame, Citizen of the Year and more.

Community Awards ceremony switches to evening event

May 15, 2012

The ceremony for the Community Awards is getting a makeover as organizers prepare for the 33rd annual event.

The event celebrates individual, organizations and service clubs in the Issaquah area.

In past years, Community Awardees received honors during a luncheon at the Holiday Inn – Issaquah. Come May 31, the event transitions to a nighttime celebration at the Issaquah Hilton Garden Inn, 1800 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

The festivities start at 6 p.m. Learn more about the celebration and purchase tickets at www.issaquahchamber.com/schedule/event/33rd-annual-community-awards-event.

The honorees at the event include the inductee into the Issaquah Hall of Fame, Citizen of the Year and more.

Officials seek outstanding citizens as Issaquah Hall of Fame nominees

May 7, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. May 7, 2012

City leaders need outstanding citizens as nominees for the Issaquah Hall of Fame, the annual honor bestowed on someone for making a lasting contribution to the community.

Every spring, the mayor and City Council president select the honoree. Mayor Ava Frisinger and Council President Tola Marts plan evaluate nominees on several criteria, such as civic-mindedness, leadership and service.

Frisinger and Marts also evaluate the role a person plays in drawing positive attention to Issaquah and fundraising for the public good. Length of service is a factor in the decision as well.

The award is among the most prestigious honors in the Issaquah community.

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Issaquah drive-in earns King County business honor

October 18, 2011

The Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, Issaquah’s iconic destination for burgers and root beer floats, earned the Minority Small Business of the Year title in countywide competition Oct. 12.

The drive-in bested other businesses in the inaugural King County Executive’s Small Business Awards.

The honor is the latest for Triple XXX proprietor José Enciso Sr.

The longtime drive-in owner received dual accolades in May, including Business Person of the Year, at the Issaquah Community Awards Luncheon. The city also inducted Enciso into the Issaquah Hall of Fame, the community’s highest honor.

Honorees received the King County awards during a Meydenbauer Center ceremony attended by almost 250 people from local chambers of commerce, cities and small business organizations.

King County Executive Dow Constantine, corporations and nonprofit organizations announced the Small Business Awards finalists Aug. 29. Organizers received more than 125 nominations from 30 award partners — including the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.

Issaquah-based Trans-NET Inc., a shipping company focused on Far East ports in Russia, received a nomination in the Exporting Small Business of the Year category.

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and city officials nominated the local businesses for the honor.

King County serves up business honor to Triple XXX

October 12, 2011

NEW — 11:20 a.m. Oct. 12, 2011

Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, Issaquah’s iconic destination for burgers and root beer floats, earned the Minority Small Business of the Year title in countywide competition Wednesday.

The drive-in bested other businesses in the inaugural King County Executive’s Small Business Awards.

The honor is the latest for longtime Triple XXX proprietor José Enciso Sr.

Enciso received dual accolades in May, including Business Person of the Year, at the Issaquah Community Awards Luncheon. The city also inducted Enciso into the Issaquah Hall of Fame, the community’s highest honor.

Honorees received the King County awards during a Meydenbauer Center ceremony attended by almost 250 people from local chambers of commerce, cities and small business organizations.

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