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Seattle King County First Citizen Award


BELLEVUE, Washington (March 1, 2023) – Statistics only tell a small part of the remarkable impact of this year’s Seattle-King County First Citizen Award recipient. “She’s a trailblazer in the community as well,” said one admirer.

For her extraordinary accomplishments as an athlete, a community volunteer, an advocate for LGBTQ equality, and her philanthropy, recently retired professional basketball player Sue Bird will be honored as the 85th First Citizen. The future Hall of Famer, once called “the most accomplished champion this city has ever seen,” will be recognized at a civic celebration on Thursday, May 18 at the Sheraton Grand Seattle. Read more

Thursday, May 18
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Sheraton Grand Seattle
1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA  98101

5:30 PM   Check-in begins; Cocktail Reception
6:30 PM   Dinner & Presentation begins

$150 per person

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Hotel reservations can be made HERE (Room rate $269, standard king)

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History of the Award

In 1939, years of economic hardship during the Great Depression had taken a toll on the spirit and morale of the people of Seattle. In response, REALTORS® sought to boost public sentiment and brighten our outlook by drawing attention to the positive community and civic work taking place throughout the region.

To that end, REALTORS® commissioned Seattle artist Dudley Pratt to sculpt an expression of the great work that can be accomplished by those who support the needs of the people, a work emblematic of “those who seek first to serve our citizens.” Each year since, the Seattle King County REALTORS® have presented the First Citizen Award as an expression of gratitude to those who devote themselves to the well-being and prosperity of our community.

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Past Recipients

First Citizen recipients hail from humanitarian organizations, charitable and educational institutions, art groups, environmental causes and other civic endeavors.

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2022 Award

The 84th Annual Seattle First Citizen Award Celebration honoring Mary’s Place was held at the Seattle Aquarium on July 27, 2022.

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2021 Award

The 83rd Annual Seattle First Citizen Award Celebration honoring Benjamin S. Danielson MD was held at the Seattle Art Museum on October 28, 2021.

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2020 Award

The 82nd Annual Seattle First Citizen Award Celebration honoring Tomio Moriguchi and Family was held virtually on March 25, 2021.

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