6th Annual GQACC Award Luncheon
Thanks to everyone who attended the 6th Annual GQACC Awards Luncheon at the Space Needle
Presidents Award : Pat Sobeck Her thirty years of service to the Queen Anne Helpline was celebrated at the Awards luncheon with giving her the Presidents Award. Pat was the first volunteer for the Queen Anne Helpline in 1982 and became Executive Director soon afterwards.
Large Business Award : The MarQueen Hotel Hosts the Greater Queen Anne Chamber ‘After Hours’, hosts the Board Meetings donates lodging as door prizes..
American Cancer Society donating lodging for cancer patients traveling into town to undergo medical treatment.
Make-A-Wish Foundation donates lodging to some of these families to help make their wishes come true
Small Business Award:: Queen Anne Dispatch
(in Memory of Jan Paolini)
In 1987, Jan Paolini opened her doors to fill a need - a neighborhood mailbox and shipping center. The business is now owned by her daughters, Sabrina Rinderle and Tara Espinoza, who have expanded into a destination-worthy boutique with an original mixture of locally-made products. Jan Passed away in November of 2011
Queen Anne Dispatch has been involved with Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce, in alliance with the Upper Queen Anne Merchant Association and the Queen Anne Community Center. They also support several fundraising events throughout the year.
Community Service Award: Queen Anne Food Bank
The food bank provides not only groceries, but breakfasts and lunches for the hungry. It operated with lots of great volunteer energy from its faith community, and a single full-time employee.
But last November, the program ran out of funds, and had to lay off the coordinator, Elise Hale-Case, who has been running the program for the last few months, since graduating from Mount Holyoke College. The food bank was scheduled to close after Thanksgiving.
Then the generosity kicked in. Articles about the closure appeared in the Queen Anne/Magnolia News. A television station ran a report. Elise decided to make an appeal on the programs web site, www.queenannefb.org
Emails, phone calls, letters, and personal donations poured in. The web posting attracted people to donate from all around the country, but most of the donations came from right here, in our wonderful city.