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Waterfront Alliance Announces New Board Members At Annual Meeting

Gig Harbor, WA, February 3, 2017 – At the Alliance Annual Membership Meeting held on February 1, a standing room only crowd filled the convening room at the Threshold Building to celebrate the organization's 2016 accomplishments and to hear plans and goals for 2017. In addition, newly elected board member, Chuck Cuzzetto (retired Peninsula School District Superintendent), was introduced, along with board members re-elected to a second term; Mike Henery (Tickled Pink), Rahna Lovrovich (Gig Harbor City Council) and Peter Stanley (Tides Tavern). Board president, Pat Schmidt, commented, "Chuck will be a great addition to our already outstanding board of directors and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for Gig Harbor to the organization." Outgoing board member Randy Blue (Java & Clay) was also honored for his six years on the Board of Directors.

Breanne Durham, State Coordinator of the Washington State Main Street Program, joined the festivities and discussed how the Downtown Waterfront Alliance fits into that network, and reviewed the many state awards and accolades the Alliance has received over the years, adding, "The Alliance is a strong Main Street program that is known for its many accomplishments and strong pool of volunteers. They are a leader in our state network."

After the premier showing of "It's a Wonderful Waterfront," a video produced by Special Projects Coordinator, Josh Sherwin, a brief review of the four Main Street committees was presented by committee chairs Gary Glein (Design), Chuck Meacham and Stephen Rouner (Economic Vitality), John Lantz (Organization), and Josh Sherwin (Promotions). Also viewed was a Waterfront Farmers Market video.

A number of awards were presented to area businesses and individuals:

Local Treasure Award - presented to Leann O'Neill for her volunteer work with the Alliance and the local knowledge she has shared in the development of the Alliance Waterfront Walking Tours;

Best Launch Award - presented to Ship to Shore Marine & Kayak (Stan and Judy Stearns and Julia Stearns) for building new structures for an existing business that are beautiful, functional and consistent with our downtown look;

The Community Anchor Award was given to The Tides Tavern (Peter Stanley, Dylan Stanley, and Michael McManus) for always being there to support the Downtown Waterfront Alliance - and our entire community - year in and year out; they are truly the group that personifies Gig Harbor;

John Synco, Gig Harbor Gondola, received the High Seas Award for bringing imagination, commitment to authenticity, and a charming personality and voice to our little corner of paradise. Only in Gig Harbor would we have an authentic Italian Gondola, with a troubadour for an oarsman;

The next award went to the leaders of Gig Harbor's Dragon Boat Team. Ron Roark, Sharon Shaffer and Terry Lee accepted the Harbor Master Award on behalf of the entire team. The Dragon Boat has become such a unique part of our community that we wanted to congratulate them on their success and thank them for adding to Gig Harbor’s uniqueness;

Lee Smith was honored with the Even Keel Award for his tireless commitment to Gig Harbor, and specifically to his leadership and dedication to the Downtown Waterfront Alliance. He has always been a go-to volunteer for us and the Alliance has truly benefited from his passion for Gig Harbor.

2016 was a busy and productive year for the Alliance. Key projects included a hugely successful Girls Night Out with over 2,000 attendees, the Gig Harbor Wine and Food Festival, the Summer Trolley Program, the Waterfront Farmers Market, the Waterfront Walking Tours, Gigging Up the Harbor (clean-up day) and nearly 4,000 hours of volunteer time. The Alliance now moves into 2017 building on the spectacular momentum of 2016.

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Mary DesMarais
Executive Director
Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance
253-514-0071
executivedirector@ghhwa.org

The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance is a private, non-profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to bringing together community and waterfront district stakeholders, encouraging economic vitality and preserving our historic character. The office is located at 3311 Harborview Drive, Suite 101. For information about the Alliance contact Mary DesMarais, Executive Director, at (253) 514-0071 or info@ghhwa.org.