Thanks to Capers for again hosting the quarterly West Seattle Community Recognition Awards get-together, with complimentary coffee, tea, and brownies like last time (January report here) – and thanks to everybody who attended – more pix, and the winners, ahead:
Standing up at the center of that photo is Divina‘s Julie Mireille Anderson, who hatched the idea for the WSCRA’s as a way to give back to people who give so much to the community. To the left of her, seated, with blonde hair, is one of the three honorees announced tonight, Mary Springer, founder/artistic director of what one nominator described as “West Seattle’s grass-roots theater company,” Twelfth Night Productions. She was photographed applauding one of the other honorees, who in turn we photographed applauding her:
In the center of that photo is Dan Jacobs of West Seattle Christian Church (with wife Joanie Jacobs at right, and Junction Neighborhood Organization president Erica Karlovits at left). Beyond the community service of his ministry, Dan is deeply involved in supporting the Junction community, business and residents, with endeavors including the Ginomai arts center that he created in what used to be WSCC’s school building, across 42nd from the church.
We wish the third honoree could have been on hand tonight – in our conversations with so many people, it is repeatedly made clear he is deeply missed: Tim St. Clair, “Mr. West Seattle,” veteran West Seattle Herald reporter who was only 57 when cancer ended his life this past February. The Herald paid tribute to him with this obituary and this compilation of dozens of reader letters paying tribute to him.
Profiles of all three honorees will appear here on WSB in the next few weeks (read about the first-quarter honorees here: Cindi Barker, Larry Carpenter, Paul Sureddin). Meantime, be thinking of someone you think might merit this type of honor – we’ll let you know when nominations are open for the next quarterly edition of the West Seattle Community Recognition Awards.