The award winners: Tammara Johnson (front, from left), co-owner of Ward Johnson Winery, Small Business Award; Ann Pearce, President’s Award; Ariel Pidlaoan, branch manager of Union Bank Seattle-Queen Anne, Community Service Award; Katie McColgan, fundraising project manager for The Vera Project, Large Business Award; Laura Moser (back row, from left), branch service manager of Union Bank, Community Service Award; Ron Heller, regional manager of Union Bank, Community Service Award; and Chris Nelson, board chair of The Vera Project, Large Business Award. Photo by Steve Pearce
The award winners: Tammara Johnson (front, from left), co-owner of Ward Johnson Winery, Small Business Award; Ann Pearce, President’s Award; Ariel Pidlaoan, branch manager of Union Bank Seattle-Queen Anne, Community Service Award; Katie McColgan, fundraising project manager for The Vera Project, Large Business Award; Laura Moser (back row, from left), branch service manager of Union Bank, Community Service Award; Ron Heller, regional manager of Union Bank, Community Service Award; and Chris Nelson, board chair of The Vera Project, Large Business Award. Photo by Steve Pearce

The recent ninth-annual Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce Awards finished the event with the President’s Award, which went to Ann Pearce, director of public affairs for the Church of Scientology of Washington State (300 W. Harrison St.). This award is given to people who have shown dedicated service to the chamber and the Queen Anne community. 

This year, the recipient was kept a secret. Chamber president Shelby Leyson started the introduction with a reading of a letter from Craig Wilson, a longtime Queen Anne resident and chamber supporter, speaking of a woman who gave so much to the Queen Anne community, serving on the boards of the chamber and Queen Anne Helpline, volunteering countless hours. His letter then led to the announcement that Pearce was the recipient. With pictures to prove it, Pearce was speechless but rallied to say how much she appreciated her award and how much she loved the Queen Anne community.

Union Bank Queen Anne (1936 Queen Anne Ave. N.) received the Community Service Award, with the Large Business Award going to The Vera Project (305 Harrison St.) and the Small Business Award going to Ward Johnson Winery (1445 Elliott Ave. W.).

Our “welcome” speaker was Pearl Leung, senior community relations manager for Vulcan Inc.

The title sponsor was Vulcan, a Paul G. Allen company; the gold sponsor was Nesteggg.com. Jeffrey Wolter, the president of Nesteggg, gave each of the recipients a three-night stay in Maui, along with discounted service for business accounting. 

Christopher Togawa, of Christopher Togawa Insurance Agency (222 Etruria St.), gave Pearce two Mariners tickets behind home plate.

 

CHARLEY SHORE is executive director of the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce (www.QueenAnneChamber.org).