VIDEO: Governor visits West Seattle to honor Keith Hughes as ‘Washingtonian of the Day’

Keith Hughes, who runs the West Seattle Veteran Center and the emergency shelter hosted inside it, is “Washingtonian of the Day.” Governor Jay Inslee and First Lady Trudi Inslee traveled to West Seattle this morning to present the award in person.

Here’s our video of the short ceremony, in which the governor presented that certificate as well as an apple pin:

There to show their support were community leaders from groups/organizations including the Westside Interfaith Network, West Seattle Chamber of Commerce (which honored Hughes last year as Westsider of the Year), and WS Junction Association.

Before presenting the award, the Inslees toured the center/shelter, housed inside historic American Legion Post 160. With another snap of sub-freezing weather forecast for later this week, we asked Hughes if the shelter has any specific current needs. Here’s what you can donate: Hot-cocoa mix (packets preferred), coffee creamer (powdered type), underwear, T-shirts, and jeans (men’s and women’s) – not a huge amount of those items, maybe a dozen each. The center/shelter is at 3618 SW Alaska. (Added: And as noted in comments, it now has a website.)

18 Replies to "VIDEO: Governor visits West Seattle to honor Keith Hughes as 'Washingtonian of the Day'"

  • Seaview February 20, 2023 (12:46 pm)

    Congratulations Keith, so well deserved!

  • Steven February 20, 2023 (1:08 pm)

    What a touching tribute from the Governor.  Thanks for what you provide to our West Seattle community, Keith.  

  • jan February 20, 2023 (2:22 pm)

    Yes, indeed, thank you for what you provide to our West Seattle community, Keith and well deserved recognition.

  • Ada February 20, 2023 (2:29 pm)

    Very well deserved. Congratulations Keith!

  • Sillygoose February 20, 2023 (2:37 pm)

    This is truly a wonderful acknowledgment to a man who has a pure heart!!  Thank you Governor Inslees for honoring a man who deserves this and so much more. 

  • Paul February 20, 2023 (3:48 pm)

    Such a wonderful award to a person that is well deserving of it!  

  • Mike February 20, 2023 (4:11 pm)

    It’s nice to see recognition go to someone who really has contributed, and continues to contribute to our community.  Glad to see you acknowledged Keith!

  • SJ February 20, 2023 (5:08 pm)

    So glad to see this – happy Keith day everyone! :-)

  • June Stacey -Clemons February 20, 2023 (5:31 pm)

    Keith Hughes is a special Washingtonian. He gives countless hours helping those in need. Governor Inslee selected a very deserving gentleman. 

  • WS Res February 20, 2023 (6:22 pm)

    Could anyone help Keith set up with a “needs list” like the one  Burien United Methodist uses? So we could tell when he needs donations and when they’ve been filled?Thanks so much for all you do Keith. 

  • Kersti Muul February 20, 2023 (6:58 pm)

    Wonderful Keith!

  • rob February 20, 2023 (7:37 pm)

     Keith for governor 

  • Laurie Utterback February 20, 2023 (8:23 pm)

    The shelter has a new website,, where you can find out more about the shelter’s operations as well as latest news, current needs, how to donate, and how to volunteer. The site is currently being improved and expanded, so please check it occasionally for updates.

    • WSB February 20, 2023 (8:46 pm)

      Thanks for mentioning that; not a soul had previously mentioned it to us. Will find a spot to add above and will include in future coverage – TR

  • John E February 21, 2023 (8:21 pm)

    Keith is also a GREAT Rotarian!

  • Steve Daschle February 22, 2023 (12:25 pm)

    A well deserved honor to a true hero!  

  • T February 23, 2023 (6:34 pm)

    Thank you so much Mr. Hughes. It is because of people like you that make it a privilege to live here.

  • Gladys Kravitz February 23, 2023 (7:15 pm)

    This is well-deserved! Congratulations, Mr. Hughes.

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