United Way's Spirit of Snohomish County Breakfast

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L-R: Board Chair, Dr. Gary Cohn; Change Maker Award Winner, Trade UP (presented to Mayor Leonard Kelley); Reeves/Sievers Founders' Award Winners,
Helen R. Kendall and Dr. William Sanford; Roger Bouck Award for Volunteerism in Action Award winner, Lynn A. Nixon;
The Boeing Company's 100th Anniversary Recognition Award (presented to Sam Whiting) and United Way President & CEO, Dr. Dennis G. Smith


Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016

More than 400 guests joined us at Tulalip Resort Casino on September 8 for our annual Spirit of Snohomish County Breakfast. At this event, we honor those who have made a difference in Snohomish County to break the cycle of poverty. This year's award winners are listed below.
Change Maker Award: Trade UP 
The Change Maker Award goes to an individual, project or organization that displays exceptional inspiration, passion, creativity and success in working to break the cycle of poverty. This year, the Change Maker Award went to the organization Trade UP. Trade UP was created as a collaboration between Snohomish County Labor Council, Workforce Snohomish and United Way. The program gives youth a hand-on experience with apprenticeship programs from the trades. Students get to operate equipment, handle tools and talk with professionals in the field, learning about wages, benefits and career pathways. More than 100 students have already participated, and many different unions, local companies and organizations collaborated to put the program together. It is a true community-wide effort, which is inspiring our youth to consider good family-wage jobs, right here in our own backyard. The award was presented to Mayor Leonard Kelley of Stanwood. 
Roger Bouck Award for Volunteerism in Action: Lynn A. Nixon 
The Roger Bouck Award for Volunteerism in Action was created to honor volunteerism in Snohomish County. Lynn Nixon received the Roger Bouck Award. For the past 36 years, Nixon has put her heart and soul into volunteering throughout Snohomish County. For United Way alone, she has been a board member, served on funding and strategic planning committees, and was a 12-year member of the Community Matters Vision Council. She has also spent years volunteering for other organizations throughout our community.  Some highlights have included the Future of Flight Foundation, Cocoon House, Hewlett-Packard National Contribution Board, Snohomish County Healthy Communities, Snohomish County Executive Citizens Cabinet and Governor Locke’s Digital Education Task Force.  
Reeves/Sievers Founders' Award: Helen R. Kendall and Dr. William Sanford 
The Reeves/Sievers Founders’ Award is given to recognize a lifetime of community service and the spirit of philanthropy. This year, the award was presented to Helen R. Kendall and Dr. William Sanford. Kendall has been an active United Way of Snohomish County volunteer over the years, championing early learning work and spearheading United Way’s “Woman Leading the Way” initiative. Kendall is involved in many organizations throughout Snohomish County, including Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County, Mukilteo YMCA, the Children’s Village Foundation and Zonta Club of Everett. Sanford is an active advocate for diversity and inclusion. While employed at The Boeing Company, he sat on their diversity council. Together, Kendall and Sanford have been major United Way supporters, members of United Way’s Tocqueville Society and have attended several international Tocqueville events. 
The Boeing Company's 100th Anniversary Recognition 
The Boeing Company received an award recognizing their contribution to Snohomish County and to United Way. Since 2000, The Boeing Company and Boeing employees have donated more than $50 million to United Way of Snohomish County. Sam Whiting from The Boeing Company was presented the award.
Keynote Speaker: Dena Simmons 
Dena Simmons is a lifelong activist, educator and student of life. A daughter of the Bronx, Simmons grew up in a one-bedroom apartment with her two sisters and immigrant mother. Simmons has been a leading voice on teacher education and has written and spoken across the country about social justice pedagogy, diversity, education reform and bullying in K-12 school settings, including a TED talk.
Spirit Breakfast on Social Media 
See photos and video of the event on Facebook at www.facebook.com/unitedwaysnohomish. Community-wide social media posts from the event can be found here, on Tagboard.
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Keynote Speaker: Dena Simmons