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Leaders, do-gooders and innovative businesses recognized at West Seattle Chamber of Commerce’s annual Westside Awards Breakfast | West Seattle Herald / White Center News Skip to Main Content Area Thursday, May 4, 2017 | Overcast, mist, 57.2 °F search Letters Sign in Subscribe Contact Us Front Page News Features Sports Opinion Police Blotter Give Big! includes local non-profits and your help would really make a difference; One day event is May 10 Give Big is your chance to support local non-profits (and others) ... Westside-O-Rama West Seattle Entertainment Guide Admiral Theater 2343 California Ave. S.W. 938-3456 Movie ... Chief Sealth pounds West Seattle in playoff tuneup By Tim Clinton SPORTS EDITOR What a way to tune up for the ... Amanda's View: Colosseum and memoriam By Amanda Knox Approaching Century Link Field in a throng of ... Police Blotter week of 5-1-17 Shattered glass, but no entry When police officers arrived on ... News Give Big! includes local non-profits and your help would really make a difference; One day event is May 10 Leaders, do-gooders and innovative businesses recognized at West Seattle Chamber of Commerce’s annual Westside Awards Breakfast Find It, Fix It Community Walk Team planning meeting for Highland Park May 4 Plant Amnesty arborists donate a day of pruning to the Arboretum at South Seattle College Bennedsen, Deborah Kay West Seattle 'Meet Up' with Pramila Jayapal set for May 23 Duwamish River Opportunity Fund to provide $250,000 for community-initiated projects TRiO Educational Opportunity Center opens at South Seattle College Wells Fargo bankers move to front of the class at Mount View Elementary On the Go Week of 5-1-17 Alexandra Pye Showdown over the development of West Seattle free parking lots coming: Who will control them? Work complete on Murray Basin CSO; Fences come down next week, celebration set for June 10 Herbold: West Seattle Bridge studies produce recommendations UPDATE:Fifth annual Peony & Bamboo Festival now set for May 6-7 South Seattle College’s Aviation Maintenance Technology Program partners with Delta Air Lines REMINDER: West Seattle Junction Day of Giving April, 29 will aid non-profits 58 unit apartment building with 29 parking spaces up for early design review Early Notice: White Center Jubilee Days promising to be the best in years West Seattle Garden Tour’s 2017 gardens & ticket info announced New playground planned for Early Head Start program at White Center Heights Elementary Trimesters, credits, and graduation, oh my! First Date musical comedy will delight audiences starting April 28 Microsoft shuttle will share space at Metro stop in pilot program Local restaurants participating in Dining Out for Life April 27 Lindsay PeytonMaria Groen turned her acceptance speech for the “Westsider of the Year” award into a rallying cry – imploring others to join her in the ranks of volunteers for worthy causes. Shortly after taking the microphone at the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce’s annual Westside Awards Breakfast on Thursday, May 4, Groen asked a group of friends to stand beside her waving signs displaying reasons to help others. Leaders, do-gooders and innovative businesses recognized at West Seattle Chamber of Commerce’s annual Westside Awards Breakfast 05/04/2017 updated 17 minutes ago By Lindsay Peyton Maria Groen turned her acceptance speech for the “Westsider of the Year” award into a rallying cry – imploring others to join her in the ranks of volunteers for worthy causes. Shortly after taking the microphone at the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce’s annual Westside Awards Breakfast on Thursday, May 4, Groen asked a group of friends to stand beside her waving signs displaying reasons to help others. “You have the power,” one read. “Your gifts are meant to be shared,” was printed on another. “You’ll be happier,” read a third. “When we work to transform the world, we are the ones who are transformed,” Groen said. “So all you do-gooders, get out there – to transform and to be transformed.” She was recognized for her work with Fauntleroy Church, the West Seattle YMCA and Seattle University -- but accepted the award on behalf of all the volunteers who have stood by her side. Now, Groen said her mission is to recruit others. “We want people to be active change agents in the world,” she said. “There are countless ways to be a do-gooder. You could be a tutor, peer-mentor, door-beller, committee member, diaper packager, donation pick-up driver, meal maker and food helper, park and trail maintainer, campaigner, shelter pet sitter, sponsor, blood donor, troop leader, beach cleaner, charity 5K runner, dessert baker, group facilitator, auction donator, youth sports coach, search and rescuer, board member and fund raiser, to name a few.” The most important step is agreeing to help, Groen added. “When someone asks you to volunteer, just say yes,” she said. “Start somewhere, say yes and it will lead you to a wonderful experience.” Other award recipients at the breakfast celebration shared Groen’s can-do attitude and positive spirit. Patricia Throop, founder of Eldercare Consulting, won “Westside Business of the Year.” She spoke about how she was inspired to start a company helping families find solutions for elderly care after helping her aging mother Sara relocate to Seattle 11 years ago. “I started a business out of passion, and to have it be recognized and applauded is really so amazing,” Throop said. “It’s so professionally gratifying, and it’s also personally touching.” Throop also serves as a board member of Senior Center of West Seattle, West Seattle Chamber of Commerce and NW LGBT Senior Care Providers Network, as well as an advisory council member of SAGE-Seattle. Peel & Press, a spot for pizza, pasta and cocktails in Morgan Junction, took home the “Westside Emerging Business of the Year” award. Owner Dan Austin spent 18 years managing businesses for others before taking off on his own. He was also recognized by the chamber for his willingness to help those in need in the community by hosting benefit events. Austin announced that he plans to open a second location in Burien. Southwest Youth and Family Services won the honor of “Westside Not-for-Profit of the Year.” The organization offers programs for youth development, family support, mental illness and education. Laura Ware, board of directors chair, said the award will help the nonprofit get the word out into the community about its mission to help youth and families have a successful future. “We’re known, but we’re not that well known,” she said. “There are a lot of kids in our community that are scared. They need a safe place to learn, to go after school if their parents aren’t home. Southwest Youth and Family Services provides that.” The chamber’s CEO Lynn Dennis said the West Awards are meant to recognize those individuals who make West Seattle vibrant and connected. “It’s not a popularity contest,” she said. “We look to the West Seattle community to nominate businesses and individuals who have made an impact.” For more information, visit www.wschamber.co. Photo gallery for this story We encourage our readers to comment. No registration is required. We ask that you keep your comments free of profanity and keep them civil. They are moderated and objectionable comments will be removed. View the discussion thread. Please send us your news tips, photos or ideas of how we can better cover your neighborhood. Email us at WestSeattle@robinsonnews.com or TEXT news tips to 206-459-6717 Receive updates on news and events in the West Seattle neighborhood via Twitter! Web development by Freelock Computing © 2017 Robinson Communications Inc. All Rights Reserved. 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