Kiwanis event funds grants for local organizations

April 13, 2010

Ready, set, bid — for a good cause as the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah hosts its 32nd annual auction and dinner fundraiser April 24.

The event is one of the largest Kiwanis fundraisers all year, President Connie Fletcher said.

Last year, the event made about $66,000, member Keith Watts said. Members are hoping to reach that again this year at the Hilton Garden Inn with help from emcee Leon Kos, Issaquah’s city administrator, and City Councilman Fred Butler.

Items for the auction include travel packages, an oceanfront condo in Mexico, iPod Touch, jewelry, local experiences like a fire truck ride, and two Trophy Club passes to the U.S. Senior Open at Sahalee Golf Course.

Proceeds from the event go to fund grant requests from local organizations, like Eastside Baby Corner, Issaquah Church and Community Services and the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. Read more

Community awards go to Judd Kirk, Barbara Justice and Mayor Ava Frisinger

May 19, 2009

NEW — 3:50 p.m. May 19, 2009

The business leader instrumental in spearheading the Issaquah Highlands and the project leader of the Issaquah Valley Trolley Project were both inducted into the Issaquah Hall of Fame today.

In addition, Mayor Ava Frisinger was named Citizen of the Year.

The honors were bestowed during the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce 30th annual community awards banquet held at the Holiday Inn.

Judd Kirk, Port Blakely Communities executive, and Barb Justice, of the trolley project, were named to the 2009 Hall of Fame. Nominees were evaluated on several criteria, including the type of service, leadership and length of service to the community.

Barbara Justice (from left) and Judd Kirk were named to the Issaquah Hall of Fame and Mayor Ava Frisinger was named Citizen of the Year today. — By Greg Farrar

Barbara Justice (from left) and Judd Kirk were named to the Issaquah Hall of Fame and Mayor Ava Frisinger was named the Citizen of the Year today. — By Greg Farrar

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Community Awards 2009

May 16, 2009

Barbara Justice draws applause as she heads to the podium after being announced as the Hall of Fame recipient. By Greg Farrar

Barbara Justice draws applause as she heads to the podium after being announced as the Hall of Fame recipient. By Greg Farrar

The business leader instrumental in spearheading the Issaquah Highlands and the project leader of the Issaquah Valley Trolley Project were both inducted into the Issaquah Hall of Fame May 19. In addition, Mayor Ava Frisinger was named Citizen of the Year.

The honors were bestowed during the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce 30th annual Community Awards Banquet held at the Holiday Inn.

Judd Kirk, Port Blakely Communities executive, and Barb Justice, of the trolley project, were named to the 2009 Hall of Fame. Nominees were evaluated on several criteria, including the type of service, leadership and length of service to the community.

Kirk was lauded for creating his vision of an urban village — the Issaquah Highlands. The housing development stressed the importance of building green, said Bob Ittes, chairman of the chamber board.

“The Issaquah Highlands has the highest number of homes built green by a developer in Washington,” Ittes said.

Kirk was in New Zealand on a business trip; his daughter Lisa Hysom accepted the award. She said her father considered it an honor to receive the award. Read more