Photos: West Seattle Chamber of Commerce annual awards

(Photos by Christopher Boffoli)
Big contingent from Chief Sealth High School at this morning’s West Seattle Chamber of Commerce annual awards breakfast – there to celebrate the first-ever “Westsider of the Year” honoree, basketball coach Colin Slingsby. From left, it’s athletic director Sam Reed, student athletes Daniel Davis and Tre’von Lane, principal John Boyd, Coach Slingsby, and Mary Davis (Daniel’s mom), who nominated the coach:

In his acceptance speech, the coach said he was proud to be representing Chief Sealth, and the many improvements it’s made – not just in sports. He also won the Seattle Times Coach of the Year award this past season. And though basketball season is over, his work isn’t – Sealth is now looking ahead to their much-lauded Summer Basketball and Life Skills Camp this summer, the 14th annual edition, for 2nd through 9th graders – you can see the brochure here.

Presenting the awards this morning was State Sen. Joe McDermott, shown in the next photo with WestSide Baby board member Anne Higuera (from Ventana Construction [WSB sponsor]) accepting the Community Hero Award on behalf of WestSide Baby executive director Nancy Woodland, who was on a long-planned family vacation:

Anne read a letter from Nancy, talking about keeping the nonprofit’s ship steady – but it turned into a speedboat! She was also lauded for her “boundless energy and good humor” while building the nonprofit that helps thousands of local families in need. Meantime, your co-publishers were honored to represent thousands of WSB’ers in accepting the Business of the Year Award:

That’s us with (center) Chamber board president Jerome O. Cohen. (The Chamber explained the award choices in its original announcement last month, which we published here.) Cohen also paid tribute during the event to departing board members Dawn Leverett of Windermere, Rico Smith of Rico’s Auto Buff, and Bill Hibler of West Seattle Internet:

The awards breakfast was put together this year by First Mutual Bank‘s Dotty Spadoni Hughes, who stopped for a photo with City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen:

And though we don’t have her in a photo, a shoutout as well to always-working-behind-the-scenes Chamber president/CEO Patti Mullen. Except for the annual awards breakfast, the Chamber meetings are monthly lunches, and in May, the guest speaker will be West Seattle-based entrepreneur Sunny Kobe Cook.

17 Replies to "Photos: West Seattle Chamber of Commerce annual awards"

  • moxilot April 7, 2010 (4:01 pm)

    Congrats, WSB!

  • Keith April 7, 2010 (4:24 pm)

    Big congrats, Team WSB – you earned it and then some!

  • miws April 7, 2010 (5:19 pm)

    Congrats to all recipients, especially TR and Patrick!



  • Rhonda Porter April 7, 2010 (5:31 pm)

    Woo hoo!! Congrats West Seattle Blog!! :)

  • LovingWS April 7, 2010 (5:34 pm)

    Big Congrats….. especially to WSB!

  • Mary T Sheely April 7, 2010 (7:11 pm)

    Congratulations, folks! The hardest workin’ reporters in the reportin’ business.

  • Carter April 7, 2010 (8:13 pm)

    Well deserved congratulations to all but especially to you both for all your hard work and dedication. Cin Cin!

  • old timer April 7, 2010 (8:42 pm)

    Congratulations WSB!
    You have done so much to make West Seattle a community,
    not just a place.

  • MargL April 7, 2010 (9:11 pm)

    Congratulations WSB! Tho’ I think the WSB readers should donate to the “New ‘Award Acceptance’ sports coat for Patrick” fund.
    Looks familiar… ;-D

    • WSB April 7, 2010 (9:29 pm)

      You win the award, MargL. P said somebody would notice, but he didn’t think till we put this photo on the About page, which is desperately in need of an overhaul.
      In getting this off the ground for the past 2 1/2 years, the lowest priority for our money has been spending on new clothes … I’m still running through blazers I bought four years ago. For those who haven’t met us in person, no, running a blog-format website is NOT necessarily something you do in your PJ’s … we do go out to meetings, events, story interviews, and attempt to look semi-respectable :) – TR

  • chas redmond April 7, 2010 (9:46 pm)

    and respectable you do, indeed, look. Congrats to WSB and to Coach Colin and all of Chief Sealth and to Westside Baby.

  • cjboffoli April 7, 2010 (9:57 pm)

    MargL: I dunno. There might just be some luck in that sport coat if you consider the increasing number of awards ceremonies it is seeing. Marlin Perkins wore the same safari suit on Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom for decades and he was never once eaten by a lion. Not that Mr. Sand is in danger of facing off with a lion on the streets of West Seattle. But I’m just saying…. there might be some strategy in his sartorial choices.

  • Sabra Schneider April 7, 2010 (10:25 pm)

    Congrats WSB. Well deserved award for all your amazing work in our community.

  • k April 8, 2010 (5:55 am)

    Woo Hoo to WSB!!!!!

  • Kathy Beck April 8, 2010 (8:41 am)

    I love WS Blog! I am so appreciative of all your efforts! You help keep our community strong!

  • Ex-Westwood Resident April 8, 2010 (8:43 am)

    First, Congrats WSB!!!
    Second, isn’t it nice that Joe McD was able to make the trip up from Olympia WHILE they are in a “Special Session” that is costing the taxpayer extra. I would think he and the rest of the “legislators” would be working day and night to end this session ASAP to save the taxpayers a little.

    • WSB April 8, 2010 (8:49 am)

      We asked him about that, my apologies for not writing a legislative sidebar to the story. What I recall from our conversation: The respective houses’ leaders have asked members to be back on Friday, he said; what’s there now is a skeleton crew of negotiators.

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