PHOTOS: Scenes from Discover Burien’s Awards Dinner Fundraiser


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Discover Burien held its annual Leadership Awards dinner and silent auction to a full house at the Burien Community Center Friday night (March 1), giving out honors to various local citizens.

Hosted by local filmmaker/lawyer Steve Edmiston (The Day My Parents Became Cool, The Maury Island Incident) around 150 businesspeople, residents and volunteers attended the organization’s annual fundraiser.

Awards were presented to:

  • Student Leader of the Year: Sierra Flanagan, Senior, Highline High School
  • Discover Burien Volunteer of the Year: Denise Ferguson
  • Team Clean Sweep Recognition of the Year: Alestaire Echavia
  • Non-Profit Leader of the Year: NAVOS
  • Business Leader of the Year: Scott Schaefer, B-Town Blog/South King Media

Here’s more info on the recipients:

Student Leader of the Year, Sierra Flanagan, Senior, Highline High School (from one nominator):

“According to Highline High School staff, Sierra is an ASB President like no other, and has demonstrated outstanding leadership throughout her entire time at Highline. Sierra started the Highline High School “Winter Wishes “program this year through which ASB was able to grant over 200 wishes for our students which included ASB cards, warm clothing, sports gear, spirit wear and food gift cards. She organized students to clean the stadium (both visitor and home side) after every football game and the gym after every volleyball and basketball game. Sierra is creating the “Golden Broom” award for an HHS custodian. He will be given the day “off” and students will be doing his job for him such as emptying trash and recycle bins, vacuuming, sweeping, cleaning the cafeteria, etc. Sierra volunteers yearly for VegFest, a healthy vegetarian food festival in Seattle, and monthly for Operation Night Watch (feeding the homeless). As a member of Key Club, she does local community service such as gift wrapping, collecting toys for “Toys for Tots” and volunteers for Relay for Life. She is also an active member of Young Life. Sierra has been accepted to Willamette University, where she will be playing softball next year. She will be a 4-year varsity softball player at HHS. According to Lori Box, Highline High School’s Activities Director, Sierra is one of the most dedicated, encouraging, selfless leaders she has seen during her many years at Highline.”

Discover Burien Volunteer of the Year, Denise Ferguson:

“Denise has been volunteering with Discover Burien for 10 years. She has done everything from Clean Sweep, Father’s Day Car Show, Boo In Burien and the Discover Burien Dinner.”

Denise owns Fireweed Beads in Olde Burien.

Team Clean Sweep Recognition of the Year, Alestaire Echavia:

Alestaire has been working with Team Clean Sweep for three years. His role with Clean Sweep is “Liter”. For 10 hours each week Alestaire picks up the liter on SW 152nd Street and Burien Town Square. He has proven himself as a hard worker and a dedicated employee of Discover Burien.

Here’s a great video profile of Team Clean Sweep, produced by Discover Burien board member Bill Reid’s TellIt Productions:

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Non-Profit Leader of the Year, NAVOS (from the NAVOS website):

The Navos Consortium is comprised of more than 20 mental health and social service providers who contract with us to perform administrative services, clinical oversight, and more. By purchasing our services, members of the consortium are able to dedicate more of their resources to serving people with mental illness. Many members of the consortium serve children and families and, together with Navos, serve more than half the children who receive care in the King County mental health system. Other members of the consortium offer specialized programs for immigrants and the elderly.

Business Leader of the Year, Scott Schaefer (from one nominator):

“Scott is always ready to say something upbeat about how great Burien is as a community on his sites. His sense of humor is refreshing and is much needed in these times. Perhaps my favorite of his articles were the April Fools stories-spoofs-about what was happening in Burien. I still chuckle about the nude beach on Three Tree Point. Scott is always thinking of still another way to promote business and enterprise in Burien. The hours that he and his wife put into the blog is enormous and if this blog disappeared the city would have a real media black hole. When sponsors are needed for fundraisers, Scott is there. He is an active member of the Discover Burien Board and committed to the advancement of business in Burien. For these reasons, I am recommending/nominating Scott Schaefer and The B-Town Blog for the Discover Burien Business of the Year.”

Here are photos from the event, shot by Michael Brunk:

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