Tacoma’s City of Destiny Awards May 12

Mayor Bill Baarsma and City Council will recognize Tacoma’s top volunteers — four individuals and five groups — at the 23rd annual City of Destiny Awards at 7 p.m. on May 12. This event, which is free and open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the volunteer experience, will be held at Jason Lee Middle School, 602 N. Sprague Ave.

The City of Destiny honorees are:

– Adult Leadership: Joseph Quilici

– Youth Leadership: Anthony Wood

– Adult Sustained Service: Steph Farber

– Youth Sustained Service: Ashley Finch

– Neighborhood Group or Community Partnership: Pacific Avenue Business District

– Corporation or Business: Read2Me

– Employee Group or Union Group: Tacoma Streets and Grounds Maintenance Division

– Youth / Young Adult Group: Fort Nisqually Apprentice Interpreters

– Environmental Sustainability: Change Starts Now

All award winners will receive a colorful glass sculpture crafted by students in the Hilltop Artists in Residence Program.

TV Tacoma, the City’s municipal television station, will record the event to show as a special presentation. The programming schedule can be found at http://www.tvtacoma.com . TV Tacoma can be seen on Channel 12 in the Tacoma city limits, on Channel 21 in Pierce County (except University Place) and on channel 85 on Click! in University Place.

The City of Destiny Awards ceremony is supported by local organizations and businesses, including Tacoma Public Utilities, the event’s largest sponsor.

Since 1987, the City of Tacoma has honored approximately 200 outstanding volunteers through its City of Destiny Awards program. The Citizens Recognition Committee of individuals appointed by the City Council selects the winners. Nominees must have:

– Volunteered time and energy, not money.

– Volunteered without financial compensation for their work.

– Volunteered within Tacoma’s city limits.

– Volunteered within the past 12 months in projects described for Leadership and Group categories.

For a list of past winners, visit http://www.cityoftacoma.org/DestinyAwards .