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Mayor Victoria Woodards and Tacoma City Council will recognize Tacoma’s top volunteers during this year’s annual City of Destiny Awards on Friday, June 22 from 5-8 p.m. The event will take place at STAR Center (3873 S. 66th St. in Tacoma).

“Tacoma’s legacy of volunteerism inspires us every day,” said City Events and Recognitions Committee Chairwoman Erin Lee. “At this year’s City of Destiny Awards Celebration we will award our community peers who give their time with grace and generosity. This year, we were compelled to select a few additional awardees in new categories.”

The 2018 City of Destiny Award recipients are:

  •  Adult Leadership: Linda Troeh
  •  Youth Leadership: Nicholas Lay
  •  Lifetime Service: Norm Bellamy
  •  Youth Service: Danavion Holmes
  •  Economic Development – Individual: Don Erickson
  •  Economic Development – Group: 6th Avenue Business Association
  •  Group: Pastor Harris and the Tacoma Christian Center Church
  •  Equity and Empowerment – Individual: Jesse Pasquan
  •  Equity and Empowerment – Group: The City of Tacoma’s Immigrant & Refugee Task Force
  •  Disability Advocate – Mayor’s Special Recognition Award (new): Linda Burgess-Duncan
  •  Disability Advocate – Individual Professional: Sheely Mauck
  •  Environmental Sustainability: Carol Munsey
  •  Other – Education and Youth Development (new): Bonnie Beaudoin
  •  Other – Homeless Advocacy (new): The Forgotten Youth Foundation – Team Backpack

The event will include a 5 p.m. meet and greet with an awards ceremony following at 6 p.m. in Journey Hall. All nominated individuals and award winners will be recognized during the ceremony. 2018 award winners, and committee, board and commission members, will receive special instructions for event attendance.

The annual City of Destiny Awards event is also covered by TV Tacoma and aired on both the Click! and Comcast systems. On Click! – high definition on channel 512 in Tacoma and Pierce County; standard definition on channel 12 in Tacoma and Pierce County; standard definition on channel 21 in University Place. On Comcast – high definition on channel 321 in Tacoma and Pierce County; standard definition on channel 12 in Tacoma; standard definition on channel 21 in Pierce County; not available in University Place.

For more information, go to cityoftacoma.org/destinyawards.


The City of Tacoma’s Neighborhood and Community Services Department and Pierce County Human Services Department are requesting information from service providers interested in providing essential emergency services for youth (ages 12-17) and young adults (ages 18-24).
These essential emergency services include the operation of a drop-in center for homeless, displaced or street involved youth and young adults; provision of overnight emergency sheltering services for young adults; and engagement of youth and young adults through street outreach across Pierce County.
Responses must be received by Tuesday, April 10 at 11 a.m.
More information about this request for information is available at cityoftacoma.org/government/city_departments/finance/procurement_and_payables_division/purchasing/contracting_opportunities/services_solicitations.


City Councilmember Keith Blocker will host a community kickoff for the Deportation Defense Fund on Thursday, April 5, from 7-8:30 a.m. at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center (4851 South Tacoma Way).

In response to growing community concerns about Tacoma residents facing deportation, Tacoma City Council authorized the creation of a Deportation Defense Fund to assist with their legal defense services. Basing the fund’s establishment on one of several recommendations provided by the Immigrant and Refugee Task Force, the City of Tacoma made an initial allocation of $50,000 towards this fund. Through local community efforts, an additional $2,000 has been raised as well.

“The need for services far outweighs present resources and my hope is that this kickoff promotes a deeper level of understanding about this important issue,” said Blocker. “Every little bit counts and, hopefully, those who are able to are compelled to take that next step and contribute to the  Deportation Defense Fund.”
Community members can contribute to the Deportation Defense Fund by sending a check to the City of Tacoma Treasurer’s Office (747 Market St., Room 246, Tacoma, WA 98402) with the subject line “Deportation Defense Fund” or by submitting a donation online at https://payment.cityoftacoma.org/donation.


Pierce County Library System is asking kids and teenagers to show their creativity and create the next two library cards for people to use throughout Pierce County. The free design contest runs now through Saturday, April 14.

“Who wouldn’t want a library card designed by one of our community’s creative, talented kids?” said Pierce County Library Executive Director Georgia Lomax. “These student-designed cards will be in the hands, pockets and wallets of people all over Pierce County, because we issue about 60,000 new cards every year.”

Any children between the ages of 5-11 and teenagers between the ages of 12-18 living or attending school in Pierce County are eligible to enter. Students may pick up entry forms at any Pierce County Library or online at cardcontest.pcls.us. For the contest, artists must submit entry forms with their library card design at a Pierce County Library or by mail to Library Card Contest, Pierce County Library System, 3005 112th St. E., Tacoma, WA 98446-2215.

Art must be original and not published elsewhere. Submitted art becomes the property of Pierce County Library. The Library will retain all submissions. The artist’s name will appear along with the artwork on the printed card, which will be available throughout Pierce County.

Professional artists will review entries and select finalists for the two age categories. The public will select the winners from the finalists by voting online through the Library’s website later this year.

The child- and teen-designed library cards will be available for free, in addition to other designs the Library offers. The student-designed cards are expected to be available starting in October 2018.

A Pierce County Library card offers access to more than 1.5 million books, e-books, audiobooks, movies and other materials.

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