Congratulations, 2017 Business Award Winners!
Winners were selected by an anonymous judging process and announced at the Annual Awards & Installation Banquet on Saturday, March 3, 2018.
Citizen of the Year: Clarence Moriwaki
In 2009 Clarence was named Conservationist of the Year by the National Parks Conservation Association for his work in creating the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial. Currently president of the BI Japanese American Community, Clarence has long been active in preserving local history, advancing cultural understanding and protecting human rights.
Small Business of the Year: Fairy Tale Dental
Dr. Helena Soomer Lincoln’s Fairy Tale Dental isn’t just for kids. Her main focus is actually providing gentle dentistry for seniors and low-income patients, or anyone who has fear and anxiety around dental visits. All crowns, implants, dentures, etc., are custom designed and created in-house, contributing to quick and affordable quality care. Fairy Tale Dental has been a leading sponsor of the Fort Ward Community Hall project and has a float full of young fairies in the Grand Old 4th parade every year.
Medium Business of the Year: Bainbridge Gardens
In 2018 Bainbridge Gardens will be celebrating 110 years of business and 25 years of hosting the Pumpkin Walk, which benefits the Bainbridge Boys & Girls Club. Their presence on Bainbridge is deeply connected to the island’s cultural identity in many ways – most prominently, the late Junkoh Harui’s design of the Japanese garden at the Bainbridge Public Library and donation of the plants that still grow there. Bainbridge Gardens is a strong supporter of the Bainbridge Chamber and long-time sponsor of Bainbridge in Bloom.
Large Business of the Year: Puget Sound Energy
Puget Sound Energy has shown dedication to safe, sustainable energy and the positive effect it is sure to have on our local communities. A primary partner in Bainbridge Island’s disaster preparedness efforts, PSE provided a $50k grant to Island Church for a large-scale generator, which equips the church as an emergency hub and warming shelter. PSE also pioneered the HORSE recycling program at the Harbour Public House, and regularly sponsors and attends community events, including the $1000 prize for the Chamber’s Grand Old 4th poster design contest.
Sustainable Business of the Year: A Kitchen That Works
Balancing environmental and social sustainability with economic sustainability is no easy task, but Molly McCabe and Clive Pardy are up to the challenge. Their design and construction company has rock-star ratings on the Houzz website and is consistently voted “Best Of” in the Review and Westsound Home & Garden readers’ choice awards. They also manage to carve out volunteer time for several island non-profits, and Molly has done our crack-of-dawn vendor check-in at the Grand Old 4th for the past 8 plus years.
Non-Profit Business of the Year: Busines Community Foundation
Bainbridge Community Foundation raises and maintains a permanent pool of philanthropic funds. These funds are used to award grants to support island non-profits and increase the quality of life for all on Bainbridge Island. They also host an annual Volunteer Week to recognize the nearly 60% of the islander population who volunteer in the community.
In Memoriam: Frank Buxton
This year, a special award was created for the late Frank Buxton, long-time Grand Old 4th parade announcer and co-founder of the Buxton-Ellis Most Humorous Parade Entry prize.