On April 17, the Queen Anne Chamber honored four different community members and businesses at its annual awards luncheon at the Space Needle.
Kaspar’s Special Event & Catering was honored with the Large Business Award. Kaspar’s has hosted the Queen Anne Chamber’s annual luncheon for many years. “The strength of the chamber is in our membership, and Kaspar’s exemplifies that,” Queen Anne Chamber president Connor Haffey said, listing Kaspar’s contributions to organizations like local food banks, FareStart and Plymouth Housing.
Co-owner Nancy Donier accepted the award, saying with all of the tragedies that go on in the daily world, “we always try to help those at home and find things in the community that we can do.”
Christopher Togawa Insurance Agency was awarded the Small Business Award for 25 years in business and Togawa’s work in various community groups like the chamber and the Queen Anne Helpline.
“[Queen Anne] is home, and I’m grateful to do the little bit that I do,” Togawa said.
The Community Service Award went to John Coney, a founding member of the Uptown Alliance (he still sits on its board) and a member of the Queen Anne Community Council’s transit and land-use boards.
“I don’t know if there’s anyone else who embodies community service and thinking about their community as much as John Coney,” Haffey said.
Coney thanked the chamber for the award, saying, “I believe bringing people who are businesspeople and residents in the community together is one of the more difficult things to do for community projects and community organizations. The Queen Anne Chamber does that, so I’m really proud to receive this award.”
The President’s Award was kept a surprise until the day of the ceremony. Former Video Isle owner Craig Wilson was the recipient.
“I think everyone in the room would hand this award to Craig Wilson,” Haffey said, noting Wilson’s involvement in a variety of different community organizations and events.
The award will be “held close in my heart, remembering all of you,” said Wilson, who is moving to Arizona. “I’m going to write another chapter, but I’m never going to forget all of you and what you have given me, which is the opportunity to live here and enjoy it so much.”
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