Congratulations to This Year's Winners!
The Chamber board and staff would like to thank everyone who attended
our gala event on Saturday, March 4. We'd especially like to thank The Island School for providing the location, Flamingo Audio for
transforming the hall with colored lights and providing sound, Robert
Freitag and the crew from Metro Market Catering for the elegant and
delicious dinner, and Eleven Winery for donating the wine.
The evening would not have been possible without our premier sponsors Kitsap Bank, additional sponsors Harrison Medical Center/CHI Franciscan and Town & Country
Market, and awards sponsor Port Madison Enterprises, A special thank you to State Senator Christine Rolfes for conducting the induction ceremony for our 2017 Board of Directors.
2016 Award Winners
Business of the Year – Bon Bon Candies
dreamed of creating Bon Bon 17 years ago.
10 years ago the dream became a reality.
Lisa is a supporter of most of the organizations on the island, Kidimu,
Wildlife Shelter, Metro Parks, Museum, and most if not all of the schools on
the island. With a staff of nine she is
known far and wide for her fudge.
Business of the Year – Eagle Harbor Book Company
Book Company has been on Winslow Way for 45 years. Eagle Harbor hosts author
talks, works with a Teen Advisory Board, partners with the Kitsap Regional
Library system to host best-selling authors and works closely with Bainbridge
Schools to support literacy and community activities.
Business of the Year – Suquamish Clearwater Casino and Resort
Suquamish Tribe not only takes good care of their own tribal members, they take
good care of the larger community they live in.
They have donated over $80,000 in grants to non-profit groups and
organizations in Kitsap and King Counties.
They support Kiwanis, Rotary, Habitat for Humanity, Senior centers and
the list goes on. They also support the business communities by hosting an
All-Chamber After Hours and several Kitsap Business Forums each year.
Business of the Year – The Harbour Public House.
restaurant, but even more so a company that believes in sustainability. They are farm to table and now farm to table
and back to farm with the HORSE(high solids organic waste recycling system),
they are able to recycle much of their waste into fertilizer to grow crops and
methane gas, which can be turned into electricity.Go around to
the Harbour House and check out this great recycling project.
of the Year – Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
BIMA is open
363 days a year and is free of charge to the public. A showplace for Puget Sound art, a place for
children’s workshops, Family Days and over 250,000 visitors make BIMA the place
to visit. Their staff have donated over
3,400 hours of service to organizations on the island. It is the cultural,
community and artistic center of Bainbridge Island.
Choice – Marina Cofer-Wildsmith
Marina is the
Executive Director at Bainbridge Youth Services, and while that organization
has aptly served our community for over 50 years, having Marina at the helm
since 2012 has transformed the organization into one that can respond to the
diverse and complicated needs of today’s youth better than ever before. With limited resources,
she has grown the pool of teen counselors from 2 to 6. The full-time
staff has grown from a single part –timer to three. Youth in our
community now have better access to better tools to help them get jobs,
tutoring, to connect with other like-minded youth, and provides resources for
dealing with everything from body issues to bullying to life-threatening urgent
the Year – Dick
raised on Bainbridge Island, Dick and Bobbi have four married children and nine grand children. Dick is
involved in everything Bainbridge, the
Rotary Auction, the Library, "Adopt a Highway”, the Farmer’s Market, the Grand
Old 4th of July Car Show, and Project Backpack/Cruise-In with Helpline House, to
name a few. Dick started
Modern Collision Rebuild and Service, which is now being run by his sons,
leaving him free to pursue metal sculpture. His sculptures are sold and the
money goes to local organizations. For the past few years he has
provided the coveted one-of-a-kind trophies created from old car parts for the
Chamber’s Grand Old 4th Car Show. As Citizen of the Year, Dick will
also be the Grand Marshal for the 2017 Grand Old 4th Parade.
Winner of the 2017 Grand Old 4th Poster Contest
The contest for the design of this year's Grand Old 4th Poster - commemorating 50 years of the Bainbridge Island Chamber producing the event - was open to all students grades 1 through 12 on the island. The winner was BHS junior Karena Klinkenberg, with her pen and ink and watercolor rendering of the parade down Winslow Way, then and now. Puget Sound Energy sponsored the $1,000 sponsorship.