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Nominations Sought for 2015 Seattle-King County First Citizen Award

Nov - Dec 2014 - NWREporter

Nominations for the 2015 Seattle-King County First Citizen Award will be accepted until Nov. 12.  Next year marks the 77th anniversary of the prestigious award honoring community leadership, volunteerism and public service.

Letters of nomination for the 2015 First Citizen, together with any supporting material, should be sent by Nov. 12 to First Citizen Selection Committee, c/o SEATTLE KingCounty REALTORS┬«, 12410 SE 32nd St., Suite 100, Bellevue WA 98005 or submitted by email to FirstVal Towler, vtowler@nwrealtor.com. Nominees should be current or former residents of King County whose leadership, benevolence or inspiration has helped enhance the quality of life for the area's residents.  

Earlier this year, former Seattle Mayor Norman B. Rice was recognized for 40 years of public- and private-sector service, during which time he played pivotal roles in revitalizing downtown, advocating for social and economic equity, and supporting public schools. As an elected official, he was a trailblazer, becoming Seattle's first African-American  mayor in 1990, assembling the team that preserved Major League Baseball in the city, convening a first-ever Education Summit, and creating a model welfare-to-work program.

The First Citizen Award, believed to be this region's most senior citation of its kind, has no fund-raising expectation, but instead is designed solely as a not-for-profit celebration of community involvement.

Past recipients hail from humanitarian organizations, charitable, health and educational institutions, arts groups, environmental causes and various civic endeavors. Recent past recipients include Lenny Wilkens, a dedicated advocate for children and former player and coach with the Seattle SuperSonics (2013);, Rotary International District 5030 (2012); former Seattle Mariner Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen (2011); U.S. Senator Slade Gorton (2010); retiring Seattle Symphony conductor Gerard Schwartz (2009); and Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen (2008).  The complete list or honorees is online at seattlefirstcitizen.org.

The SEATTLE KingCounty REALTORS┬« is a nonprofit professional trade association whose goals include promoting business practices that reflect a strict code of ethics and supporting policies that preserve and expand real property rights and housing affordability.  Based in Bellevue, SKCR is one of 1,500 local associations of the National Association of REALTORS┬«.